Convicted Murderer Arrested Soon After Texas' Most Wanted List Unveiled

 June 8, 2024

Servando Trejo Duran Jr., a previously deported Mexican national, was arrested in Baytown, Texas, after being placed on Texas’ Top 10 Most Wanted Criminal Illegal Migrants List.

According to Breitbart, this arrest was made one day after Governor Greg Abbott introduced the list to address illegal immigration crises involving dangerous felons.

Servando Trejo Duran Jr., aged 62, was captured by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in collaboration with the Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Center and local police in Baytown. The arrest, processed in Chambers County, targeted Duran for failing to comply with parole terms tied to his earlier homicide conviction.

Duran's criminal record dates back to 1980 when he was first arrested in Texas for burglary and received probation. Subsequent years saw his criminal activities escalate.

Servando Duran Jr.'s Extensive Criminal Past

In 1986, Duran was sentenced to life imprisonment for homicide committed with a deadly weapon. After serving nearly 23 years, he was paroled in January 2009. Remarkably, his freedom was short-lived, as he was deported later that year. Following his deportation, he later re-entered the U.S., leading to a 2023 arrest for tampering with government records.

Governor Greg Abbott's comments on the situation underscore the perceived urgency: "When President Joe Biden took office, he dismantled every effective border policy his predecessor put into place. As a result, we have seen record high levels of illegal immigration, including dangerous criminals and terrorists who are a threat to the public safety of our state and our nation."

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the urgent closure of this case began just over 24 hours after the announcement of the new initiative aiming to apprehend high-priority criminal illegal immigrants.

New Initiative by Governor Greg Abbott

Governor Abbott elaborated further on his administration’s efforts to address illegal immigration and related criminal activities.

"These illegal immigrants will now be spotlighted on our 10 Most Wanted Criminal Illegal Immigrants List," Abbott stated. “Texas is a region of law and order, and with the support of local authorities, we will ensure that these high-risk individuals are apprehended and face justice.”

The creation of the Top 10 Most Wanted Criminal Illegal Migrants List by Governor Abbott on June 7, 2024, was met by immediate action with Duran’s arrest showcasing the list's impact. His name had featured prominently as a prime target due to his extensive criminal background and recent violations.

The timeline of the events leading up to his arrest illustrates effective coordination among Texas law enforcement agencies. After being notified of a parole violation in March 2023 due to new crimes committed, authorities promptly moved to secure his apprehension after locating him in Baytown.


The effective arrest of Duran emphasizes the integral collaboration between community policing efforts and strategic law enforcement initiatives. Baytown police and the TAG center were paramount in tracking down one of Texas’ most wanted criminals, within a day of his listing.

The swift arrest of Servando Trejo Duran Jr. serves as a first achievement under the new Texas’ Top 10 Most Wanted Criminal Illegal Migrants List. It underscores the list’s potential effectiveness in addressing illegal immigration's most dangerous aspects. Governor Greg Abbott's latest law enforcement tool aims to protect citizens by capturing and prosecuting high-profile criminal illegal migrants who pose threats to community safety.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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