US authorities intend to extradite Peyro for 12 murders committed in Ciudad Juarez while he was working as an agent of US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), but according to an attorney for family members of Peyro's alleged murder victims, "The U.S. government wants him to stay hidden, so by extraditing him, he in effect disappears in Mexico and the U.S. government wipes its hands clean." Here's more background on the case from the Dallas Morning News last month ("US expected to extradite drug defendant from Mexico," Mar. 3):
Thanks to Rebeccah Bernhardt for pointing this out to me.
Mexican authorities have a standing warrant for Ramirez Peyro in connection with the Jan. 2002 discovery of 12 bodies in the back yard of a suburban Ciudad Juarez home.
According to documents and transcripts, Ramirez Peyro had the keys to the house where the victims were executed. He assigned corrupt policemen their roles in several killings, going so far as to recommend how best to eliminate the victims, whether by shooting or by suffocation.
He called in gravediggers to bury bodies, paid off the killers and notified his contact that the job was done. He described the killings as carne asadas, or barbecues.
In at least one of case, U.S. officials said, agency supervisors had been notified ahead of time and listened in on an open cell-phone line as the killing took place, an allegation that ICE authorities have privately denied. ICE officials also say they had limited knowledge of Ramirez Peyro's alleged criminal activities.
So far, ICE's internal investigation has led to the removal or transfer of several officials. Top supervisors Giovanni Gaudioso and Patricia Kramer were transferred to Washington from El Paso. Kramer resigned under pressure last October, U.S. officials said.
Two agents were suspended without pay for about a month. Another remains on an extended leave of absence and at least four directors have come and gone over the past two years.
Even so, said Sandalio Gonzalez, the former special agent in charge of the El Paso field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration - who blew the whistle on ICE - Congress hasn't shown any interest in investigating the agency.
Gonzalez said he has met twice with Senate committee investigators with no results. ...
"The real question is who polices the executive branch of government," said Gonzalez. "It's Congress' job, and they have done nothing."