Suspect wanted in killing of Albuquerque man arrested

LAS CRUCES (AP) – Authorities say a suspect wanted in connection with the 2008 killing of an Albuquerque man has been arrested in Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service took custody of Mario Jerardo Talavera last Friday.

Talavera now has been booked into New Mexico’s Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral on suspicion of murder, drug trafficking and kidnapping.

Federal prosecutors say Talavera and two associates allegedly killed 53-year-old Danny Baca over a drug deal gone wrong.

They say Baca’s burned and bullet-riddled body was found in the West Mesa by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

U.S. Marshals determined Talavera had fled to Mexico. He recently was located in the city of Cuauhtemoc.

Talavera then was arrested by Mexican authorities and deported to the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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