DALLAS — A Salvadoran man wanted for a 2009 murder and for his membership in the MS-13 gang was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This removal is the latest result of stepped up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice.
Angel Interiano-Calderon, aka El Capo de Vegas, 29, was flown to El Salvador July 5 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE's Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, the suspect was turned over to officials from the El Salvadoran Civilian National Police (PNC).
"Removing known gang members and foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority," said Simona L. Flores, field office director of ERO Dallas. "The cooperation between the United States and El Salvadoran governments resulted in this foreign fugitive being safely returned to his home country where he can stand trial for his alleged crimes."
Interiano-Calderon was encountered by the Terrell Police Department March 7. That same day, during processing by ERO Dallas, an INTERPOL warrant revealed that he was wanted by El Salvadoran officials for murder, kidnapping and membership to the illicit group MS-13.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 645 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE Homeland Security Investigations' Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.