Texas Most Wanted Criminal Caught in Matamoros

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BROWNSVILLE–One of Texas’ Most Wanted Criminals is now in the hands of U.S. authorities after he was caught working at a maquiladora plant in Matamoros.

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced earlier in the week they were offer a reward for $15,000 for the arrest of Javier Cortez Jr.

Officials said they had a capital murder warrant for Cortez out of Harris County. They claimed he stood over a 29-year-old victim and shot him nine times in the Houston area in 2010.

They released information saying Cortez Jr. was believed to be living in Matamoros and was a member of the Tango Blast gang..

A few days after that announcement, DPS called Mexican authorities about information he was working at Quimica Fluor.

A Tamaulipas State Police special operations team set up surveillance at the maquiladora plant and arrested him Thursday afternoon.

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Mexican officials turned Cortez over to the U.S. Marshal’s Office on Friday afternoon at B&M Internatioanal Bridge under heavy security.

Cortez was taken to the Cameron County Jail and was extradited back to Harris County to face criminal charges for the capital murder case.

 

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