Alberto Lira-Quintero, aka Lamberto Armenta Rivera, 48, from Mexico was turned over to Mexican authorities on August 5, 2014 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). He was wanted for a triple homicide in Mexico; Mexican law enforcement issued a criminal arrest warrant in September 2010. Lira-Quintero was encountered by ERO agents assigned to the Alhambra state prison facility in Phoenix in December 2009 after he was booked in following a conviction for kidnapping in Maricopa County Superior Court. It was at this time ERO agents gave him notice that they had placed an immigration detainer on his case; they took custody of him right after he finished his sentence, July 27, 2014 and transferred him to Eloy Detention Center, where he was held pending his removal from the United States. Lira-Quintero had been previously convicted in the U.S. of attempted transportation of marijuana for sale in February 2004, and was subsequently removed to Mexico in November 2005 after completing his state prison sentence.
The U.S. Tucson Sector Border Patrol has identified 297 subjects of interest from Mexico suspected of committing crimes including homicide, arms trafficking, armed bank robbery, burglary, assault, rape, child molestation and human smuggling. Since 2009, Arizona Border Patrol agents have worked under the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) which is a DHS led collaborative enforcement effort that works with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to identify and apprehend criminals that pose a threat. During the current fiscal year, 68 of those individuals have been repatriated; 21 remain in U.S. custody pending removal.