One of Pima County's most wanted suspects arrested in Mexico - Tucson News Now

One of Pima County's most wanted suspects arrested in Mexico

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One of Pima County Sheriff's most-wanted suspects was caught Friday in Mexico and extradited to Arizona.

Alejandro Guerena was arrested in Oquitoa, Sonora Mexico, Deputy Tom Peine said.

Guerena, wanted in an ongoing drug-trafficking and money-laundering investigation, was booked into Pima County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. 

Guerena is the brother of Jose Guerena, who was shot and killed by Pima County SWAT officers in a May 2011 raid.

SWAT officers went to Guerena's house May 5 to serve a search warrant. Upon opening the front door, officers fired 71 shots into the house, killing Guerena.

Guerena never fired a shot, and deputies found a rifle with the safety on, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Guerena, his wife, Vanessa, and their 4-year-old son were home at the time.

Two days before the operation detectives gave a briefing that said the Guerena family was suspected of being a well-organized, large scale drug trafficking organization, and that the suspected "muscle" of the organization lived at Guerena's home.

"Many fugitives hold the mistaken belief that by running to Mexico, they are suddenly outside the reach of United States law enforcement," said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. "However, this arrest shows that through close cooperation with Mexican law enforcement authorities, the U.S. Marshals Service will continue to hunt down and capture fugitives no matter where they flee."

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