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Juarez Kidnapping Ring Fugitive Arrested, Found Working Fast Food

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers announced today that they arrested a fugitive who was working as a fast food cook in Socorro.

ICE agents said they arrested Cesar ?El Chilin? Vega-Muoz on Dec. 27 for illegally re-entering the country after being deported.

Officials said Vega-Muoz, who was a member of a Juarez kidnapping ring, was living illegally in Socorro, Texas.

Vega-Muoz was charged with re-entry after deportation and according to officials also wanted in Juarez for escape and other charges. He was previously sentenced to 42 years in prison, but in December of 2010 he escaped after he was being transported from Cereso prison for a court appearance.

Officials said agents from ICE and other agencies learned of Vega-Muoz whereabouts and found him just outside the fast-food restaurant where he worked in the 10000 block of Alameda Avenue in Socorro.

Vega-Muoz will face up to 20 years in a federal prison if he is convicted of the re-entry charge. If he is convicted, after he serves his sentence, ICE will take over custody and return him to Mexico.

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