Murder fugitive on Interpol's 'wanted list' living in Texas illegally arrested during routine traffic stop

SPLENDORA, TX - Authorities with the Splendora Police Department (SPD) announced the arrest of a fugitive wanted for murder by Interpol who has been illegally residing in the state of Texas and regularly traveled between the United States and her home in Terrenos. 

According to FOX26, the suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Leo Acosta Sanchez and at the time of her arrest, was on Interpol's wanted list. The DailyMail reported that Sanchez was taken into custody at a traffic stop on Friday, May 24th by SPD. Sanchez was identified by police while driving a car. Once noticed, police pulled her over and immediately called for backup.

Police confirmed that she is now facing charges related to the alleged crimes committed. After the arrest, SPD released a statement that said, "Splendora Police, in coordination with Federal Law Enforcement Partners. successfully apprehended a fugitive murder suspect wanted by Interpol. The suspect, who had been illegally residing in our state and country, was known to travel between the City and her residence in Terrenos."

Sanchez had been pulled over for a routine traffic stop, with SPD adding, "Following the arrival of additional units, a traffic stop was conducted, leading to the immediate arrest of the driver." Following her arrest, SPD posted photos of Sanchez handcuffed, sitting in the back of a police vehicle, and in tears. As of this writing, authorities at the state and federal level have not clarified what crimes Sanchez has allegedly committed or what exact charges she is now facing, but that the crimes were committed outside of the United States.

According to Fox News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News Digital that Sanchez is originally from Mexico. ICE said in a statement, "Acosta entered the United States as a nonimmigrant on August 20, 2023, and violated the terms of her admission. She remains in ICE custody pending disposition of her immigration proceedings."

SPD said in a statement, "Splendora Police comments the swift and effective collaboration with our federal partners in ensuring the apprehension of this dangerous individual." While the arrest of Sanchez was not a part of "Operation Lone Star," the governor's office put out a press release during the week of May 24th, reiterating that local and state agencies continue to arrest gang members and fugitives who are illegally in this country.

The press release said, "Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal activity between ports of entry."

Since the launch of "Operation Lone Star," there have been over 511,600 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 43,100 criminal arrests, with more than 38,000 felony charges. According to the press release, "In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 481 million lethal doses of fentanyl, enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States and Mexico combined."
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