A man who was wanted for criminal conspiracy in his home country of El Salvador – and had been in the United States illegally – has been deported after being arrested by Brick police.
The removal case against Melvin Isaac Martinez-Guevara, 25, has dragged on since Brick police initially pulled him over for a seatbelt violation on June 10, 2017. The Brick officers conducted a records check and found Martinez-Guevara was wanted, at which point they turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations team, based in Newark.
Martinez-Guevara is reportedly a member of the notorious gang Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as MS-13. He was removed from the U.S. Friday, August 24, by ICE to face the conspiracy charge, which was reportedly related to a gang-related murder in El Salvador.
“This individual, a known member of the murderous Mara Salvatrucha gang, entered the country illegally, already being wanted in his home country for criminal conspiracy,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark. “The brave men and women of ICE have once again removed a dangerous criminal from the community.”
Martinez-Guevara “unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date and location without being inspected, admitted, or paroled by an immigration officer,” the agency said in a statement.