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April 16, 2021Los Angeles, CA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide

LOS ANGELES - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers removed a 37-year-old Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide in El Salvador and turned him over to law enforcement authorities there, April 9.

Cesar Enrique Castro-Martinez was unlawfully present in the United States and considered a public safety enforcement priority for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

On July 30, 2013, the Third Instance Court Judge of Criminal Matters, Santa Ana, El Salvador, issued an arrest warrant for Castro-Martinez and Interpol published a Red Notice for his arrest, May 15, 2019.

ERO officers in Los Angeles received a referral from Interpol identifying Castro-Martinez as the subject of an arrest warrant and Red Notice, and arrested him during a targeted enforcement operation in Irvine, California, Aug. 26, 2019. An immigration judge ordered Castro-Martinez removed to El Salvador, Feb. 4.

ERO El Salvador and its Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) taskforce provided assistance in effecting Castro-Martinez’s removal.

ICE continues to implement interim civil immigration enforcement priorities directed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to focus its limited resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. ICE carries out its duty to enforce the laws of the United States in accordance with the Department’s national security and public safety mission.