Murder Suspect Turned Over to Tijuana Officials

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    Maximiliano Moreno Contreras, 37, was arrested by ICE agents on July 7, 2014 in Mecca, Calif.

     A Mexican man wanted on murder charges for more than a decade was discovered in Southern California and handed over to Tijuana officials at a San Diego border crossing this week.

    Maximiliano Moreno Contreras, 37, is accused of stabbing a man on April 16, 2001 in Mexicali, Baja California.

    According to his arrest warrant, Moreno rode up to the victim, climbed out of the car and fatally stabbed the man over money he supposedly owed the suspect.

    Officials received a break in the case earlier this month when Tijuana Police discovered Moreno was living in Mecca, a town in Riverside County.

    There, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found the suspect and arrested him Monday. ICE officials say Moreno told them he illegally entered the U.S. in February, and Department of Homeland Security records show he had been deported in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

    Moreno was transferred to San Diego Tuesday and turned over to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.