One of four suspects caught by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Santa Teresa last weekend is wanted in connection with a Texas homicide investigation, Customs and Border Protection officials told the El Paso Times.
Osvaldo Gallardo-Cadena, a 30-year-old Mexican national, was stopped early Saturday with three other people who crossed the border illegally about 18 to 20 miles west of the Santa Teresa port of entry, and agents found six burlap backpacks hidden in the brush nearby filled with what tested positive for marijuana, the Times said.
“The (suspects) readily admitted to having carried the backpacks from Mexico into the United States,” officials told the Times.
A later check found that Gallardo-Cadena is wanted in Amarillo, the paper reported.
Amarillo police Lt. Gary Trupe told the Times that Gallardo-Cadena is a suspect in the 2001 stabbing death of Refugio Palacios, 27, the Times said.
“We thought he fled to Mexico, and we had no reports of sightings of him until now,” Trupe told the paper. “He will probably be extradited to Texas.”
Gallardo-Cadenas was being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center, the Times reported.