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For Immediate Release

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February 21, 2012 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Child Returned to the U.S. Safely

Las Cruces, NM - The United States Marshal Service in New Mexico assisted the Las Cruces Police Department in reuniting a 1 year old child with her family in the United States. The young girl's mother, Nicole Jauregui, 19, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jose Mendez, are being charged with child abuse after the one year old tested positive for drugs.

After being charged Jauregui and Mendez fled to Mexico with the child and were arrested as they tried to reenter the United States in El Paso, TX at the Port of Entry. The United States Marshals Service worked closely with the Las Cruces Police Department and the United States Customs and Border Protection Officials to make sure the two did not make it back to the United States undetected. Once back in the United States Jauregui and Mendez were arrested and the child was reunited with family who now have legal custody of the child.

The child’s safe return and arrest of Jauregui and Mendez was the result of a joint effort by the Las Cruces Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Office, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, and several area law enforcement agencies including the El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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