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August 17, 2016Newark, NJ, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE Newark removes MS-13 gang member wanted in El Salvador

NEWARK, N.J. — A citizen and national of El Salvador was removed from the United States on Aug. 12, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  She is charged in El Salvador for being a member of the transnational criminal gang, MS-13. 

Marleny Rodriguez De Lovo, 44, was taken into ICE custody on Jun. 21, as part of operation Project Red II pursuant to an Interpol notice.  On Jul. 14, 2016, Rodriguez De Lovo was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Upon arrival in El Salvador, De Lovo was turned over to local authorities.

"This removal demonstrates ERO's continuous commitment to addressing threats to national security, border security, and public safety." said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris.  "ICE works closely with domestic and international law enforcement partners to ensure criminals are dealt with accordingly." 

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 1,150 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE's online tip form.