Suspect wanted in 2008 killing of Albuquerque man arrested in Mexico; Returned to New Mexico



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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — Authorities say a suspect wanted in connection with the 2008 killing of an Albuquerque man has been arrested in Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service took custody of Mario Jerardo Talavera last Friday.

Talavera now has been booked into New Mexico's Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral on suspicion of murder, drug trafficking and kidnapping.

Federal prosecutors say Talavera and two associates allegedly killed 53-year-old Danny Baca over a drug deal gone wrong.

They say Baca's burned and bullet-riddled body was found in the West Mesa by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.

U.S. Marshals determined Talavera had fled to Mexico. He recently was located in the city of Cuauhtemoc.

Talavera then was arrested by Mexican authorities and deported to the United States.

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