Press "Enter" to skip to content

Cuban wanted by US authorities arrested in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — A man wanted by the United States has been extradited from Mexico after being arrested at a ferry crossing in Cancun.

The arrest took place Tuesday at the Puerto Juárez Ultramar ferry dock when Tomás Vélez Valdivia of Cuban nationality, arrived from Isla Mujeres. The arrest came after an alert call to authorities of an armed man. Valdivia, who is wanted on human trafficking charges in the United States, was taken into custody by federal Mexican police on order of a US judge.

Upon his arrest, police found him carrying a gun and ammunition. A thick convoy of various police units including immigration officers, escorted Valdiva to the Cancun International Airport where he was deported to the US.

Valdiva is said to be a criminal gang leader, related to at least 20 cases of human trafficking. He is wanted by the state of Florida.