Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2013
Sacramento ICE sends wanted former police officer back to Peru

ICE.JPGSacramento-based immigration enforcement officers have deported an ex-Peruvian police officer wanted in his home country for weapons trafficking.

Hector Antonio Liontop-Novoa, 51, was taken back to Peru on a commercial aircraft and handed over to Peruvian authorities by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on Wednesday.

Peruvian authorities say that in July 2000, while Liontop-Novoa was serving as a Peruvian National Police captain, he supplied governmental small arms to a criminal or terrorist organization. The weapons were said to be used in an armed assault that occurred in Peru a month later.

Liontop-Nova entered the United States on a visitor's visa and received an extension to remain in the country only through Sept. 2001. He was captured on May 17, 2011 in Stockton.

His repatriation is the culmination of a nearly two-year effort by ICE after Liontop Nova appealed his deportation, according to an ICE press release.

PHOTO CAPTION: Hector Llontop-Novoa, 51, is flanked by two Sacramento-based officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations who escorted him back to Peru. The photograph was taken at Sacramento International Airport just prior to Liontop-Novoa's deportation to Peru for weapons trafficking. ICE

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