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Venezuelan fugitive captured in McAllen faces federal judge

A Venezuelan fugitive who was arrested in McAllen last week will remain in federal custody until he faces a grand jury, believed to be within the next 30 days. (Photo: Venezuelan Government)

A Venezuelan fugitive who was captured in McAllen last week will remain in federal custody until he faces a grand jury within the next 30 days.

Prosecutors say Tirso Antonio Melean-Castellano, a Venezuelan native born in 1990, was wanted in his home country for organized crime and murder.

On March 14, special agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Melean-Castellano in McAllen during a search warrant at the 400 block of South “G” Street, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

The criminal complaint goes on to state:

“Subsequent to the search, special agents seized two (2) firearms and 240 rounds of assorted ammunition (9.mm and .40mm) from within the chest of drawers in the master bedroom. The resident of the property, Tirso Antonio MELEAN-Castellanos, a citizen and national of Venezuela residing illegally in the United States admitted to recently purchasing the firearms and ammunition at a gun show in McAllen.”

Melean-Castellanos’ attorney stated Melean-Castellano is fleeing his country because he is being persecuted.

Magistrate Judge J Scott Hacker on Tuesday determined Melean-Castellano to be a flight risk and ordered him to be held without bond in U.S. Marshal custody until further court proceedings.



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