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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014

Contact: Public Affairs

(202) 648-8500

Extradition of ATF Most Wanted Francisco Melgar-Cabrera

WASHINGTON – Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Damon P. Martinez, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, announced the extradition of Francisco Melgar-Cabrera from El Salvador to New Mexico. Melgar-Cabrera faces multiple federal charges stemming from an armed robbery and the murder of Stephanie Anderson in Albuquerque, N.M., in June of 2009. He is alleged to have been an illegal alien in possession of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.

In the announcement made Thursday in Albuquerque, Acting U.S. Attorney Martinez noted the critical role played by ATF, FBI, and the Albuquerque Police Department in carrying out the multi-year investigation that led to Melgar-Cabrera’s arrest by an elite Salvadoran investigative unit known as the Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) Task Force.

“I am extremely proud of the work of this office and our law enforcement partners,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Zapor. “I would like to recognize the investigative efforts of ATF Special Agents who for years doggedly pursued Melgar-Cabrera for his alleged role in the 2009 murder of Stephanie Anderson. I hope his extradition back to face justice brings some peace to Stephanie’s family. ATF is committed to working with our law enforcement partners – at home and around the world – to take violent criminals off the streets and bring them to justice.”

Further details and the complete announcement are available at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico website: