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Sandusky Border Patrol captures alleged cartel hit-man

Sandusky Register Staff • Apr 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

U.S. law enforcement officials this month handed over a suspected cartel hit-man captured in Sandusky to Mexican authorities.

According to information released Monday by U.S. Border Patrol, agents at the Sandusky Bay Station arrested Edgar Campos-Barraza on Jan. 5 near Sandusky where he is believed to have lived for the past decade.

Agents arrested him on a warrant issued by Mexico charging him with aggravating kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. Campos-Barraza is also suspected in other crimes, including the murder of a police officer in Baja California, Mexico.

Sandusky Border Patrol agents, working with agents from San Diego, were able to locate Campos-Barraza, aka "El Cholo," in Sandusky. Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted with the arrest.

During interviews with agents, Campos-Barraza admitted to an association with the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico, according to Border Patrol.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher praised the "outstanding work and collaboration that went into this arrest."

Campos-Barraza was transferred to San Diego on April 12 and handed over to Mexican law enforcement.

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