A man from Brazil recently living in Somerville and Medford was deported yesterday to his home country where he is wanted in connection with a murder.
Jose Rogerio Ferreira de Souza, 20, was illegally living in the communities just north of Boston, according to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
He allegedly used the name Mauro Jorge to disguise his identity while living in Massachusetts. It was unclear for how long he lived here.
Ferreira de Souza was transferred to the custody of Brazilian law enforcement in Sao Paulo yesterday.
He was arrested in February 2011 in Danvers after police received a tip that he was living in the Boston area.
"The delay in his deportation was due to the numerous appeals that Ferreira de Souza had made before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals," federal officials said in a statement.
His final appeal was dismissed Feb. 17.
Ferreira de Souza allegedly participated in the 2008 robbing and killing of a 68-year-old taxi driver. He and two accomplices allegedly stole about $40, tied the driver with barbed wire and beat him with a stick until he died.
Department of Homeland Security agents working in Brazil confirmed Ferreira de Souza's identity through biographical details and photographic facial identifiers. It confirmed that he was indeed the person wanted by authorities in Brazil, authorities said.
Since October 2009, federal agents have removed more than 335 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for crimes including kidnapping, rape and murder.