EL PASO, Texas - Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed a fugitive alien to El Salvador on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, where he is wanted for gang membership. He is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha-MS13 transnational gang.
Jose Manuel Castro Orellana, 30, a citizen of El Salvador, was removed aboard an ICE Air Operations Charter flight without incident. Once in El Salvador, ICE ERO officers transferred custody of Castro Orellana to the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) of El Salvador who will pursue criminal charges against him.
Castro Orellana illegally entered the United States on Feb. 28, 2019, by walking across the U.S.-Mexico border east of the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Port of Entry.