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Attorney general announces pilot project for Mexico extraditions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 25 Mexican attorneys general and other officials in those offices attended a conference just north of Albuquerque with many of their American counterparts this week.

The goal was to improve communication among the officials and to seek more training opportunities, said Víctor Antonio Carrancá Bourget, the attorney general of the Mexican state of Puebla, during a Wednesday news conference.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said at the conference that New Mexico and the Mexican state of Guanajuato have launched a pilot project aimed at improving communication between America’s attorneys general and their counterparts south of the border.

The project allows for certain information to be shared between American and Mexican AGs.

State attorneys general in the United States are responsible for handling extraditions of state court fugitives who flee to Mexico, Balderas said. He said his office handles two or three extradition cases per year.

“We’re hoping that’s the future model, where law enforcement can share nonconfidential information with law enforcement agents in Mexico in an attempt to quickly locate an individual,” he said.

Balderas’ announcement of the pilot project came during a Conference of Western Attorneys General at a resort on Santa Ana Pueblo.

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