Sacramento-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 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 September 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.