News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 14, 2010
Diana Apodaca
Public Information Officer
915-832-6074

Juarez Cartel Lieutenant Extradited From Mexico

JUN 14 -- EL PASO – Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration–El Paso Division and United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced today the extradition from Mexico of Crispin BORUNDA-Cardenas, a purported lieutenant with the Juarez Drug Cartel. 

On June 11, 2010, BORUNDA was extradited from Mexico to the United States to stand trial for federal drug trafficking offenses. BORUNDA is the subject of a superseding indictment filed in November 2002 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, charging him with the following offenses:  one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; and, 19 counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

According to the indictment, from June 1997 until November 2002, BORUNDA was responsible for the importation of more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana into West Texas for distribution in other parts of the United States.  In order to smuggle the marijuana, primarily through Presidio and Brewster Counties, BORUNDA and his co-conspirators utilized a variety of vehicles, including pickups, mobile homes, vans, SUVs, tractor-trailers, tow trucks, and dump trucks, as well as pickup trucks modified to travel on railroad tracks. 

Borunda was initially arrested in January 2004 on Mexican kidnapping charges which prompted a provisional arrest warrant and the seeking of extradition of him from Mexico back to the U.S. to face the aforementioned indictment.  From March 2004 to March 2009, Borunda formally fought his extradition to the U.S. while confined in Mexico.  In March 2009, Borunda escaped from Mexican custody.  On May 14, 2010, Borunda was recaptured in Mexico and subsequently ordered to be extradited back to the U.S. 

On June 11, 2010, BORUNDA was extradited into the United States, released to Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Deputies of the United States Marshal Service and transported to a secure location.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.