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Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on September 11, 2019 arrested a three-time deported Mexican man who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for homicide in Anaheim, California.

Leopoldo Serrano Vargas – an illegal immigrant from Mexico was arrested at his residence in Northeast Houston, Texas for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony.

Serrano Vargas is wanted in California for allegedly murdering Luis Garcia Bucio in October 2000.

In December 2006, Serrano Vargas illegally entered the U.S. three times in a span of eight days; he was removed to Mexico on Dec. 12, Dec. 14 and Dec. 18. In 2006, Serrano Vargas again illegally entered the U.S. and has unlawfully remained in the country since then.

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Detectives contacted ICE officials earlier this year after receiving a tip that a suspect from a 2000 homicide was possibly living in the Houston area under an assumed name. ICE located and arrested Serrano Vargas. Following this arrest, Serrano Vargas’ identity was confirmed through the use of Rapid DNA technology.

Serrano Vargas remains in ICE custody in Texas pending his extradition to California to face state criminal charges for homicide. ICE will seek to take custody of Serrano Vargas for his immigration violations following disposition of his criminal proceedings.