Mexican murder suspect arrested in Phoenix

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from US Immigrations & Customs Enforcement:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested a Mexican citizen today on federal charges related to the unlawful possession of ammunition.

Luis Ordaz-Garcia, 29, is also wanted by Mexican authorities for a murder he is suspected of committing in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2007. Phoenix Police Department officers initially encountered Ordaz in December 2008 when he was cited for traffic violations. At the time, Phoenix police discovered eight rounds of 9 mm caliber ammunition in Ordaz's pocket. Officers referred his name to ICE, where a subsequent investigation by the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) uncovered Ordaz's illegal presence in the United States and his warrant in Mexico.

A conviction for unlawful possession of ammunition carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In addition to the Phoenix Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol participated in the investigation.