ICE Deports Gang Member Wanted For Murder In El Salvador

ICE Deports Gang Member Wanted For Murder In El Salvador

On October 29, 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents deported Moises De Jesus Ruiz-Mejia, 25, back to El Salvador. He is wanted in his home country for aggravated homicide and involvement in a terrorist organization.

Ruiz-Mejia is a member of the notorious 18th Street gang (Surenos 18).

On May 3, 2019, ICE issued the following press release…

Moises De Jesus Ruiz-Mejia, 25, was arrested Wednesday evening outside his residence after ICE was recently alerted the Salvadoran government had issued an international arrest warrant naming him as one of 25 individuals wanted for aggravated homicide or attempted homicide of numerous victims, some of whom have yet to be identified.

The arrest warrant was issued by the Salvadoran government on Oct. 15, 2018. Most of the individuals sought are members of the 18th Street Gang (Surenos 18); others such as Ruiz-Mejia are listed in Spanish as “paros” or individuals who do favors for the gang. Between October 2018 and March 2019, the Salvadoran arrest warrant was sent to Interpol, which then relayed it to U.S. law enforcement officials.

Ruiz-Mejia illegally entered the United States on Oct. 14, 2018, a day before the Salvadoran government issued the arrest warrant naming him as a suspect. After his initial encounter with U.S. border officials, he was released from custody and ordered to report to the ICE office in Sioux Falls on a periodic basis beginning in November 2018, pending his immigration court proceedings.

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