Criminal Alien Wanted in Mexico for Organized Crime Deported


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

An upper-echelon member of the notorious Gulf Cartel crime organization, who was wanted in Mexico for organized crime and drug-related activity, was deported Mexico City on Friday by US officials.

José Manuel Garza Rendon, 56, was transferred to Mexican authorities in the morning of April 10 at the middle of the Stanton Street Bridge at the El Paso Port of Entry. He had been transferred into the custody of Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents on Tuesday following his release from the Reeves County Detention Center in Pecos, Texas.

ICE agents identified Garza Rendon in January while he was serving a prison sentence at the West Texas federal prison. ICE agents informed him he would be deported when he completed his sentence. Garza Rendon, a Mexican national, was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

“Identifying criminal aliens before they are released from prison ensures individuals who pose a threat to public safety are removed from our country as expeditiously as possible,” said Robert. Jolicoeur, field office director for the Office of Detention and Removal Operations in El Paso.

“Through the CAP program, ICE will continue to nurture its robust partnership with local, national and international law enforcement agencies to ensure fugitives are removed to their countries of origin and justice is served,” he said in a statement released to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

Garza Rendon had no other active warrants in the United States. In 1979, Garza Rendon had also been convicted in the United States on drug conspiracy charges.

Mexico’s attorney general informed ICE this week that Garza Rendon has been wanted in Mexico since 2002 for organized crime, attempted murder and possessing firearms used exclusively by the Mexican army.

Garza Rendon was one of 11 men named in the Mexican arrest warrant. Among the others is Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the boss of the Gulf Cartel who was extradited to the United States last year to face drug charges.

ICE agents identified Garza Rendon as a deportable alien through its Criminal Alien Program (CAP). Through close cooperation with local law enforcement, the CAP program identifies deportable aliens who are in detention facilities on criminal charges and ensures that they are released to ICE after their criminal proceedings are completed. Ultimately, ICE deports these aliens to their countries of origin.

During fiscal year 2008, ICE’s CAP program identified 6,800 aliens in the El Paso area, which includes the 16 westernmost counties of Texas and the State of New Mexico. This is a 266 percent increase over the 2,550 aliens identified the previous year.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the former blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Recently, the editors at Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. If you wish to receive Kouri’s emailed law enforcement and intelligence reports, write to him at COPmagazine@aol.com. Simply write “Free Subscription” on the subject line.

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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