Captured and Convicted

Porous borders and the globalization of crime have resulted in international implications for many state prosecutions. International extradition is extremely complex and varies from nation to nation with very specific legal requirements. The Extradition Unit of the San Diego County District Attorney's Office was created to successfully bring fugitives from abroad or from other states to face criminal prosecution in San Diego and seek justice for the victims of their crimes.

International extradition is a multi-agency effort. The District Attorney's Extradition Unit works with local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as the United States Department of Justice and foreign governments to accomplish the extradition, deportation or expulsion of fugitives back to San Diego within the parameters of extradition treaties and foreign immigration laws.

Since 2008, the San Diego County District Attorny's Office has formally extradited 20 fugitives from Mexico to stand trial in San Diego. There are currently eight more San Diego fugitives in custody in Mexico pending extradition. Mexico has already granted extradition in four of those cases, but extradition has been deferred because these fugitives have pending Mexican charges to resolve. We have also successfully extradited or negotiated the deportation of offenders from Taiwan, Belgium, the Philippines, Panama and Brazil.

Below is infomation on defendants who have been captured and convicted.

Jose Ruiz Cortez

Extradited on October 12, 2012, from Mexico. Ruiz Cortez was convicted of forcibly sexually assaulting a minor and sentenced to 18 years in state prison.

Jesus Arteaga Garcia

Extradited on July 27, 2011, from Mexico. In 2013, Arteaga Garcia was convicted of stabbing and killing his estranged, pregnant wife. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

Alejandro Avalos Fernandez

Extradited on March 2, 2010, from Mexico. In 2010, Avalos Fernandez was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering an elderly woman in Carlsbad. He was sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison.

Ricardo Borbon Perez

Extradited on September 7, 2011, from Mexico. In 2012, Borbon Perez, a previously convicted child molester, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl in Escondido. He was sentenced to 240 years in state prison.

Vicente Flores Benites

Extradited on October 14, 2010, from Mexico. In 2011, Flores Benites was convicted of murdering a man at a party in 1989. He was sentenced to 8 years in state prison.

Silvio Hernandez

Extradited on December 11, 2008, from Mexico. Hernandez was convicted of forcibly sexually assaulting two minors and sentenced to 9 years in state prison.

Omar Maldonado

Extradited on April 25, 2008, from Mexico. Maldonado was convicted of shooting and killing a 17-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 57 years to life in state prison.

Roy Mallet

Extradited on January 9, 2009, from Mexico. Mallett was convicted of multiple counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

Nancy Mendoza Moreno

Extradited on January 5, 2011, from Mexico. Mendoza Moreno was convicted of multiple kidnappings for ransom with gang and gun allegations and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jorge Alberto Naranjo

Extradited on December 30, 2011, from Mexico. Naranjo was convicted of robbing and killing a man in a San Diego motel. He was sentenced to 29 years in state prison.

Fernando Salas

Extradited on March 1, 2012, from Mexico. Salas was convicted of stabbing and killing an Oceanside man and sentenced to 21 years in state prison.

Mauricio Tadeo Alba

Extradited on July 13, 2011, from Mexico. Tadeo stabbed and killed his estranged wife outside her home. He was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.

Jose Antonio Lopez Tejada

Extradited on September 23, 2010, from Mexico. Lopez Tejada lured the victim to Tijuana, Mexico. Lopez Tejada and an accomplice shot the victim and then left him for dead. The victim survived. Lopez Tejada was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.

Jose Luis Torres Quiroz

Extradited on June 10, 2009, from Mexico. Torres Quiroz was convicted of multiple counts of child molestation. He was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

Richard Gibbs

In October 2006, Gibbs was deported from Panama to the United States. He had pending child molestation charges in Ohio and San Diego. In 2009, after Gibbs was convicted and sentenced to 12-30 years in state prison on his Ohio case, he was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison for his San Diego case.

Melvin McGowan

In 2006, McGowan was deported from the Philippines to San Diego. Already on parole for child molestation, he was convicted of molesting another child and sentenced to 15 years in state prison.

Jared Yaffe

In 2009, Yaffe was deported from Brazil to San Diego. Yaffe was convicted of child molestation and sentenced to 45 years to life in state prison.