Border Patrol Chases Man into Mexico

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Mon Nov 8 12:54:06 MST 1999



Subj:   Border Patrol Chases Man into Mexico
Date:   Mon, 8 Nov 1999 2:51:17 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   Catherine Tactaquin <nnirr at igc.org>
To:   nnirr-news at igc.topica.com

(11-05) 10:29 PST EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Mexican police detained and
later
released a U.S. border patrol agent who allegedly pursued a man into
Mexico
and beat him with a nightstick.

Agent Michael Weldzius was arrested Thursday near Ciudad Juarez across
the
border from El Paso, said Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier. He was
detained for about seven hours while U.S. border and immigration
officials
negotiated his release, Mosier said.

Weldzius was released about 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Border authorities have
launched an investigation of the incident, and it is still unclear
whether
Mexican authorities charged Weldzius with a crime, Mosier said.

At a news conference Thursday in Mexico, Federal Treasury Police
Commander
Otoniel Herrera said Weldzius had been caught beating a Mexican citizen,
Jose Julian Acosta, with a baton at a spot 40 yards inside Mexico near a
border crossing.

Weldzius, who was carrying a gun and pepper spray canister, told Mexican
police that he had been pursuing Acosta, who had apparently tried to
enter
the United States, Herrera said.

U.S. agents believe marijuana was in Acosta's vehicle, Mosier said.

Mexico does not allow U.S. police to pursue suspects into Mexican
territory, although U.S. officials have made it known in the past they
would like to be able to do so.

Mexico is still angry over a 1998 money laundering sting operation,
code-named ``Casablanca'' in which U.S. agents carried out
investigations
inside Mexico without approval from the government.

Laws now before Mexico's Congress would make it a crime for foreign
agents
to operate without approval in the country. Even under current law, it
appears that charges of assault and unlawful possession of arms could be
filed against Weldzius.












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