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Mexican Sought in DEA Killing Caught in Italy

October 18, 1995| Associated Press

MILAN, Italy — A former Mexican police commander wanted by the United States in connection with the 1985 torture and murder of a U.S. drug agent has been arrested in Milan, police said Tuesday.

Jorge Armando Pavon Reyes was arrested Sunday, an officer of the national police said.

He faces murder and conspiracy charges in the United States and could receive life imprisonment if convicted, said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Ralph Lochridge in Los Angeles. Pavon Reyes will stand trial in Los Angeles, he said.

A source told the national police weeks ago that an important Latin American fugitive from U.S. justice was in Milan, the officer said. Pavon Reyes was arrested in a roundup of 18 undocumented Latin American immigrants.

Pavon Reyes was commander of the federal judicial police in Guadalajara when gunmen abducted and killed undercover DEA agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in February, 1985.

Pavon Reyes served three years in a Mexican prison for allowing Camarena's alleged killer, a reputed drug kingpin, to flee in exchange for a $300,000 bribe.

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