A 30-year-old MS-13 gang member was arrested in Maryland by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being released by a radical Montgomery County Court despite a conviction for accessory to murder.
ICE revealed on Wednesday that Deportation officers from Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Baltimore’s Fugitive Operations Team, arrested the gang member on Jan. 29 near his residence in Silver Spring.
ERO Baltimore Field Office Director, Darius Reeves, released the following statement:
This unlawfully present Salvadoran gang member’s presence in the United States represents a threat to the safety and security of our residents. Not only is he a validated member of a notorious criminal enterprise, but he also aided other criminals in the commission of a murder. ERO Baltimore will continue to apprehend and remove such criminal elements from our Maryland communities.”
ICE stated that the individual will remain in their custody until deportation back to El Salvador.
NEW: Yesterday, ICE in Baltimore arrested a Salvadoran MS-13 member in the U.S. illegally who had been released from custody by the sanctuary jurisdiction in Montgomery County despite a conviction for accessory to first degree murder. They also ignored an ICE detainer.…— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) January 30, 2024
Additionally, ICE provided context on the events leading up to the arrest in their announcement. This included highlighting the concerning and reckless actions taken by a Maryland Court in Rockville, which endangered the state’s residents.
In January 2023, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) arrested the gang member, charging him with accessory to first-degree murder. Five months later, ICE in Baltimore submitted an immigration detainer against the illegal alien with the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville.
In September 2023, the Montgomery Circuit Court convicted the individual of the offense and sentenced him to five years in prison. Shockingly, the Court suspended all but 18 months of his sentence.
Furthermore, the Court disregarded the ICE detainer and released him back into the community, potentially jeopardizing Marylanders’ safety.
Two months later, the Office of Refugee Resettlement reunited him with his uncle in Washington, D.C.
An immigration judge in Baltimore ordered the Dreamer to be deported to El Salvador in February 2007, which obviously never happened.