Genaro Olaguez, 53, was released from the San Joaquin County jail on Monday, where he was serving time for two marijuana-related charges. He was immediately taken into custody by U.S. immigration authorities.
A U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested Olaguez, whose last name is also listed as Olaguez-Rendon, in December on a warrant from Mexican officials alleging he killed a commissioner and seven other city officials in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, in May 2000.
Immigration officials worked with the San Joaquin County deputy district attorney to convict Olaguez on the U.S. charges before he was released to Mexican authorities, The Stockton Record reported ( http://bit.ly/1gJjaAw).
Olaguez first was arrested in January 2013 in connection with four marijuana grow houses in Stockton, 50 miles south of Sacramento. Prosecutors said authorities found more than 900 marijuana plants and nearly 30 pounds of marijuana that was being prepared for sale, as well as a gun.
He remained in San Joaquin County jail until last April, when he was released on his own recognizance because of jail overcrowding, Deputy District Attorney Todd Turner said.
But there was no effort to track down Olaguez until a Sacramento-based law enforcement task force led by the Marshals Service discovered in September that the Mexican government was seeking Olaguez in the slayings.
He then was arrested in early December on the warrant from Mexican officials. Olaguez is accused of participating in the killings over a land dispute, in which four others also were seriously wounded. Marshals called the roadside ambush a massacre and said heavy weapons were used.
On Dec. 19, Olaguez pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana for sale and theft of utility services, freeing him to be deported to Mexico.
The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a voicemail left Saturday.
Information from: The Record, http://www.recordnet.com/