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Suspect in 8 killings in Mexico held on $1M bond on California marijuana-growing charges

A man sought in the killing of eight Mexican municipal government officials 13 years ago is being held on $1 million bail in California on marijuana-cultivation charges while authorities sort out their next step.

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Todd Turner says Genaro Olaguez was ordered jailed Thursday for failing to appear on charges of marijuana cultivation, possession for sale, and theft of utilities.

The 53-year-old was arrested this week in Sacramento on suspicion of killing a commissioner and seven other city officials in Sinaloa, Mexico, in May 2000.

The U.S. Marshals Service said incorrectly Wednesday that Olaguez had already been handed over to Mexican officials.

Chrishna Martinez, a deputy public defender representing Olaguez, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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