Drug smuggler convicted of killing Border Patrol agent
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A drug smuggler from Mexico was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border patrol agent.
A federal jury deliberated two hours before finding Jesus Navarro-Montes guilty of running over 32-year-old Border Agent Agent Luis Aguilar in a Hummer H2 on Jan. 19, 2008, in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and narcotics charges.
Navarro-Montes faces a maximum prison sentence of life on the murder charge and 40 years on the narcotics charges. U.S. District Judge Michael M. Anello set a sentencing hearing for June 27.
Navarro-Montes was first arrested on Jan. 22, 2008, in Sonora, Mexico, and held in a Mexicali prison until June 2008, when he was released because U.S. authorities did not ask for his extradition, according to Mexican authorities.
Navarro-Montes was indicted February 2009 by a grand jury in San Diego and charged with possession with intent to distribute 980 pounds of marijuana in September 2007.
Navarro-Montes was re-arrested Feb. 11, 2009 near Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and extradited to the United States to face murder and other charges in the death of Aguilar.
“The entire team's efforts in securing defendant Navarro-Montes' presence in the United States and the presentation of the case has been nothing short of outstanding,” U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said.
“It truly honored Agent Aguilar and the devastating impact this senseless crime had on his family and colleagues.”