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HOUSTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Houston, ERO Honduras and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) removed an unlawfully present foreign fugitive Nov. 18 wanted in his home country of Honduras for murder, attempted murder and illicit associations.

Rony Roberto Lagos-Corrales, a 35-year-old unlawfully present Honduran national, was flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, to the Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Upon arrival, he was turned over to Honduran law enforcement officials.

Lagos-Corrales illegally entered the U.S. on an unknown date and at an unknown location without inspection or parole. On April 26, 2018, ERO Washington, D.C. encountered him in Springfield, Virginia, during a targeted enforcement action and took him into custody.

Lagos-Corrales was released from ICE custody on an immigration bond on May 16, 2018, but failed to appear for subsequent immigration hearings and became a fugitive. On May 20, 2019, an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered Lagos-Corrales removed to Honduras in absentia.

On Sept. 15, ERO Houston officers encountered Lagos-Corrales at the Brazoria County Jail in Angleton, Texas, after he was arrested on local charges and an immigration detainer was lodged with the jail. On Oct. 4, the Brazoria County Sherriff’s Office released Lagos-Corrales into ERO Houston custody. ERO Houston removed Lagos-Corrales to Honduras Nov. 18 with assistance from ERO Honduras and SAFE.

“Foreign fugitives who flee criminal prosecution in their home country with hopes of hiding out in the ERO Houston area of responsibility will quickly find that there is no safe haven in Southeast Texas for wanted criminals,” said Matt Baker, acting field office director for ERO Houston. “Our immigration officers work closely with their state and local counterparts and are uniquely trained to track down unlawfully present foreign fugitives to repatriate them to their home country to face justice for the crimes they are alleged to have committed.”

The SAFE program is a fugitive enforcement and information sharing partnership that was created in 2012 to better use subject information derived from local in-country investigative resources and leads to locate, apprehend, detain and remove individuals illegally residing in the U.S. who are subject to foreign arrest warrants. The SAFE program operates under the respective host nation’s Assistant Attaché for Removal, which constructs a SAFE task force composed of relevant foreign law enforcement agencies, immigration authorities, attorneys general and national identification repositories, as well as other regional, national, state and local government agencies. The managing AAR ensures that each task force member complies with SAFE policies and standards consistent with the program’s standard operating procedures. Once established, the AAR-led SAFE task force generates new leads and vets existing SAFE fugitive referrals for ERO action.

If you have information about a foreign fugitive, contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. You may also submit a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

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