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Honduran man wanted for homicide deported

Juan Jose Yanez-Hernandez turned over to Honduran officials after being deported by ICE San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO – A Honduran man wanted in his native country for homicide was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations, authorities said.

Juan Jose Yanez-Hernandez, 52, was flown to Honduras on board a charter flight coordinated by ICE's Air Operations Unit.

Upon arrival, Yanez-Hernandez was turned over to Honduran officials, according to ICE.

"By removing criminal aliens to their countries of origin, ICE also removes the threat to public safety in local U.S. communities," said Enrique M. Lucero, field office director of ERO San Antonio. "At the same time these removals ensure that aliens who commit crimes abroad do not use the United States as a safe haven from justice in their home countries."

Yanez-Hernandez was arrested Oct. 9 near Havana, Texas, by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Border Patrol while illegally entering the U.S., according to ICE.

Authorities said the next day Yanez-Hernandez was taken into ICE custody and sent to the Port Isabel Detention Center, where he remained until his removal.