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Border Patrol: Alleged Mexican hit man lived for decade in Ohio

By Nick Valencia, CNN
updated 10:09 PM EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Edgar Campos-Barraza is an alleged assassin for the Sinaloa Cartel
  • "El Cholo" lived in Sandusky, Ohio, for 10 years, U.S. Border Patrol says
  • Sandusky is known for its flagship amusement park, Cedar Point
  • Campos has been extradited to Mexico, faces kidnapping charge

(CNN) -- An alleged hit man for the most powerful Mexican drug cartel lived in the small town of Sandusky, Ohio, for 10 years before being arrested earlier this year, the U.S Border Patrol told CNN on Tuesday.

Edgar Campos-Barraza, alias "El Cholo," is an alleged assassin for the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

He was arrested on January 5 in Sandusky, but because of his "removal proceedings," information about his arrest was not released until his extradition to Mexico was completed, Border Patrol spokesman Geoffrey Ramer said.

"Nothing shocks me anymore," Ramer said in response to an alleged contract killer living in a town most known for its flagship amusement park, Cedar Point. "The I-80 and I-90 corridor is an active narcotics area," he added.

There was no indication that other cartel operatives were also living in the Sandusky area, he added.

The original tip about Campos' whereabouts was given to U.S. law enforcement by the Mexican government, Ramer said.

"It was a great example of how we work with the Mexican government," Ramer said. "San Diego [Border Patrol] forwarded the information to us, and [Campos] was removed for being here illegally in the country. The Mexican law enforcement officials met him at the U.S.-Mexico border on April 12."

Campos was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the government of Mexico charging him with "aggravated kidnapping and criminal conspiracy." He was also a suspect in the murder of a State Police Officer in Baja California, Mexico.

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