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Mexico arrests an FBI most-wanted fugitive

October 9, 2009

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— One of the FBI’s most-sought fugitives, wanted for the 2002 killings of his girlfriend and her two young sons in Idaho, has been captured in Mexico.

Federal police detained Jorge Alberto Lopez Orozco on a highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said Thursday. He was transported to the neighboring state of Michoacan and held on a U.S. extradition request.

Lopez Orozco, 33, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Rebecca Ramirez and her sons, aged 2 and 4, in Elmore County, Idaho. He was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in March 2005.

There was no immediate information on whether U.S. prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty against Lopez Orozco; Mexico refuses to extradite suspects who might face execution.

Lopez Orozco’s arrest came about two months after Mexican authorities captured another of the FBI’s Most Wanted: reputed gang member Emigdio Preciado Jr., 39, who is suspected of severely wounding a Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy with automatic weapons fire.

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