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Mexican Escapee Arrested in Texas

by Elizabeth Ruiz

Twenty-four-year-old Gustavo Rodriguez-Costilla has been captured in Texas after escaping from a Mexican prison several months ago.

Rodriguez-Costilla  and more than 130 other suspected members of Los Zetas Cartel escaped from a prison in Piedras Negras, Mexico in September where they were awaiting sentencing on charges of possession of firearms and grenades.

Last month, the Procuraduria General de la Republica (Mexican Federal Attorney General) contacted the U.S. Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Friday evening, officers determined that Rodriguez-Costilla was hiding out at a residence in Eagle Pass.  While conducting surveillance, task force officers saw him come out of the home and go back inside.  

Task Force officers entered the residence and found the suspect hiding in a bedroom closet.  He struggled, but was quickly subdued and placed under arrest. Officers also recovered two weapons they say belonged to Rodriguez-Costilla. 

"This was a significant arrest that had a strong impact on two countries and I hope the message is clear.   We will continue to work closely and diligently with our foreign law enforcement countgerparts to track, find and arrest any and all fugitives out there on the run," said U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte.  

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