SANDUSKY, Ohio -- An alleged Mexican "assassin" with ties to a powerful drug cartel was taken into custody after spending the last 10 years hiding out in Sandusky, Ohio.
U.S. Border Patrol agents would not specify the exact neighborhood where he lived, but investigators say this so-called "hit man" maintained a low profile until recently.
On April 12, Edgar Campos Barraza, a.k.a. "El Cholo", was extradited to Mexico after he was detained in the U.S.
Back in January, the Ohio Highway Patrol located Barraza during a traffic stop on U.S. 250 in Milan Township.
"The vehicle was located, and I performed a traffic stop for following too close. Upon approaching the vehicle, the suspect was found to be in the back seat. At that point agents from Border Patrol took him into custody," said Sgt. Eric Short with the Sandusky Highway Patrol. "When I looked in the back seat where he was sitting, there was a completely different look on his face, like a look of surprise."
Barraza was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the government for multiple homicides, including the killing a state police officer, kidnappings, drug trafficking and others crimes. Border Patrol agents said during the arrest, Barraza admitted he was affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel.
News of his arrest is shocking to people who live in a quiet town, well-known for the Cedar Point amusement park.
Sandusky resident Anthony Lane said, "It's a pretty peaceful town; not a lot of crime. That's basically probably why he chose here."
Tori Strause said, "I'm a little surprised ... something you don't really see every day or hear about."