Most-wanted Fugitive Captured in Cancun After 24 Years
Vincent Legrend Walters (FILE)
Vincent Legrend Walters is wanted in connection with the 1988 murder of a San Diego woman kidnapped as part of a drug deal.
He has been on the U.S. Marshals 15 most wanted ever since.
He also faces drug charges.
Before Friday's arrest, Walters had been working at the Cancun International Airport under the alias of Oscar Rivera, Marshals Service officials said.
Walters has been taken to Mexico City to await extradition.
An official at Cancun's airport said Walter was not an airport employee but was working for a nearby resort in Puerto Morelos selling time-share vacation packages. His job required him to staff an informational booth at the airport and outside staffers are not subject to the same security reviews as airport employees.
Marshals Service said Walters "had boasted to people that he was a fugitive from San Diego and wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service."
Walters is accused of buying meth from DEA agents in 1988 and giving it to a dealer to hold. When he tried to retrieve the drugs, he kidnapped the dealer and two friends in exchange for the drugs.
Two of the hostages were released, but the female victim died after she had been gagged with a chemical-soaked rag.
Walter's brother was convicted and is serving 25 years to life in prison.