A reputed hitman wanted by Mexican authorities for alleged ties to organized crime and kidnapping was arrested by Border Patrol agents in Indio for being in the country illegally, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Felipe Perez-Landa was arrested just after midnight Monday in a vehicle somewhere along Interstate 10, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Perez-Landa, described by UCB as a “sicario” or hitman for hire, is currently wanted across the border and has previously been deported from the United States, but details on his outstanding Mexican arrest warrant were not disclosed. He’s in Border Patrol custody “pending reinstatement of the prior deportation and extradition to Mexico,” CBP officials said.
According to Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez, “The apprehension of this dangerous, wanted criminal is a testament to the importance of the mission of the Border Patrol. Our country, as well as our Mexican neighbors, will be safer with this person behind bars.”