Foreign fugitive wanted for robbery in home country, accused of entering US 10 times captured, officials say

Foreign fugitive accused of entering U.S. 10 times is wanted for robbery in his home country, officials state (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE))

HOUSTON – A fugitive who has reportedly tried to enter the United States illegally on several occasions has been located and sent back to Mexico.

Officials with the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Houston Field Office say they were able to remove the man, identified as 39-year-old Daniel Del Rio Sanchez, on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement officers say Del Rio Sanchez was also wanted in his home country of Mexico for robbery.

ICE officers initially transported Del Rio Sanchez to a processing center in Conroe before he was later transferred into the custody of Mexican law enforcement authorities.

“Del Rio has illegally entered the U.S. and been removed or voluntarily departed on 10 separate occasions. On Oct. 11, 2005; Jan. 31, 2007; and April 9, 2009, he was permitted to voluntarily depart the U.S. to Mexico after illegally entering. On May 10, 2021; Oct. 19, 2021; and March 21, 2022, he was removed to Mexico pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 265 (Title 42). On Nov. 1, 2012; Dec. 6, 2013; March 23, 2018; and Feb. 9, 2023, he was removed from the U.S. by ICE officers pursuant to a removal order,” a news release explained. “Del Rio also has an extensive criminal history in the U.S. to include a conviction for illegal entry on Oct. 12, 2012, in the Western District of Texas; three convictions for illegal re-entry on Dec. 3, 2013, in the Western District of Texas; Jan. 18, 2018, in the Northern District of Texas; and Sept. 20, 2022, in the Western District of Texas; and a conviction for assault causing bodily injury on March 27, 2009, in Dallas County, Texas.”

The acting Field Office Director for ERO Houston, Gabriel Martinez says Del Rio Sanchez, has completely disregarded the United States immigration laws in an attempt to flee prosecution in Mexico.

“Working alongside our partners from ERO Mexico and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force we have safely returned him to Mexico where he will face justice for his alleged crimes,” Martinez added.

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