SAN ANTONIO, TX – A law enforcement fugitive from El Salvador and member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, who is wanted for aggravated homicide and discharging a firearm, was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in San Antonio.
The government of El Salvador has a program called “Los 100 Mas Buscados,” among which today’s detainee is part of.
Santiago Humberto Rodriguez-Aparicio, 41, was flown to El Salvador April 21 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Rodriguez-Aparicio was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).
The El Salvador arrest warrant states that on April 11, 2015, Rodriguez-Aparacio and several other gang members were involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of three individuals. Rodriguez-Aparicio is wanted for both aggravated homicide and discharging a firearm.
On Feb. 8, 2007, a federal immigration judge ordered Rodriguez-Aparicio deported to El Salvador. He was ultimately removed from Phoenix, Arizona, on March 5, 2007. On Jan. 24, 2009, Rodriguez-Aparicio was arrested and later convicted in Las Vegas, Nevada, for being an alien unlawfully possessing a firearm. The U.S. District Court of Nevada sentenced him to 41 months in federal prison. On Feb. 10, 2012, he was removed back to El Salvador from New Orleans, Louisiana.
On March 30, 2015, Rodriguez-Aparicio again illegally re-entered the United States and was arrested by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection’s Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas, and was prosecuted for re-entering the United States after being deported. The Southern District of Texas in McAllen, Texas, sentenced him to 27 months in federal prison. On March 11, 2017, he was transferred to ICE custody where he remained until his removal.
ERO officers removed Rodriguez-Apacicio April 21 and turned him over to Salvadoran authorities.