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Venezuela Deports Alleged Hired Killer

May 1, 1987

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Venezuelan authorities handed over to FBI agents a New Yorker suspected of murdering up to 23 people in the United States.

Julio Perez Cestero, 53, was delivered to the U.S. agents Thursday after Venezuelan authorities decided to deport him as an ″undesirable.″

Perez, a fugitive for the past nine years, was arrested here Tuesday.

He was silent as he was led handcuffed to a blue van that took him to a waiting FBI plane at La Carlota Airport in eastern Caracas.

″We decided to deport him as an undesirable because of the requests for him in the U.S. The legal proceedings have begun (in the U.S.) and now they will continue,″ Venezuelan Police Commissioner Orlando Jordan Petit told reporters at police headquarters.

He said Perez would be taken to Los Angeles, where he faces some of the murder charges.

″His occupation was always that of hired killer, a professional who worked by contract for big criminal organizations. He is extremely dangerous and is suspected of having committed between 22 and 23 homicides,″ Jordan Petit said.

According to Venezuelan police, Perez fled the United States in 1978 and was living legally in San Cristobal, a city 380 miles west of Caracas near the Colombian border.

Jordan Petit said Perez worked in San Cristobal as an insurance salesman and had married a Venezuelan woman, Oneida Moreno, who is under investigation by Venezuelan police.

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