Mexican Authorities Crack Down-US Bounty Hunters!

Mexican Authorities Crack Down-US Bounty Hunters!
Posted by FoM on August 09, 1999 at 10:36:19 PT
Cal Report
Source: Sacramento Bee
TIJUANA, Mexico U.S. bounty hunters beware: following your prey south of the border can result in arrest and a long stay in a Mexican prison.
Many are finding out the hard way that Mexican authorities show little tolerance in enforcing a 1993 extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico that outlaws cross-border abductions of criminal suspects."We're bringing down the full weight of the law to prevent these kidnapping cases," said Jorge Garcia Villalobos, attache of the Mexican Attorney General's Office in Los Angeles.At least 12 people are serving sentences or facing charges for alleged bounty hunting in Baja California and neighboring Sonora, Garcia Villalobos said.Christopher James Levi, Ronald Ford and Kenneth Rustay, all of San Diego, are serving 15 years in La Mesa State Penitentiary in Tijuana after trying to snatch an alleged drug smuggler who fled to Mexico.The drug suspect was released by Mexican authorities and is still a fugitive.Cal Minard, president of the San Diego Bail Agents Association, remembers a time when bounty hunters easily went into Mexico in search of U.S. citizens who had fled across the border."I've personally been down there three times and brought back American citizens with the help of the federales," Minard said. "But they've really tightened it up now."The extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico was revised in 1993 after a public outcry about a Mexican physician who was snatched by Mexican bounty hunters on behalf of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Now, no one can be sent back without the Mexican government's consent and Mexican police are forbidden from cooperating with bounty hunters, Garcia Villalobos said.Extradition is usually reserved for only the most serious crimes committed by U.S. citizens because it's a cumbersome, time-consuming process, said Alberto Arevalo, an assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego."Somebody that's smuggling 100 pounds of marijuana, they go into Mexico, that case is probably not, in terms of resources, worth the efforts of both countries," Arevalo said.Mexican citizens will rarely be turned over to U.S. authorities and then the accused remains in Mexico to stand trial and serve time.Pubdate: August 9, 1999Copyright  The Sacramento Bee 
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Comment #2 posted by kenneth robert rusta on August 26, 2000 at 03:40:44 PT:
i am one of the bounty hunters
are you ready to hear the true story.about the beatings,extortion,drugs and more let me know i was theirits me kenneth rustayKENNETH_RUSTAY HOTMAIL.COM
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Comment #1 posted by John Miller on June 10, 2000 at 14:25:20 PT:
Help getting to Mexico
I need help escaping to mexico and how to get work in their country...please help soon. thanks 
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