BRICK – A Salvadorian man, living in Elizabeth, and wanted on a gang-related homicide in his native El Salvador has been deported, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Melvin Isaac Martinez-Guevara, 25, was pulled over by the police in Brick on June 10, 2017, for a seat belt violation. There had been an Interpol warrant for Martinez-Guevara’s arrest for his alleged involvement in a gang-related homicide, according to a Brick police statement.
Martinez-Guevara had apparently entered the country illegally. He was deported Friday and turned over to authorities in El Salvador, according to a news release from the ICE office in Newark.
ICE’s Newark office has reported a spike in arrests and deportations between 2016 and 2017. In New Jersey, alone, officers have arrested 3,189 people in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2017. This represents a nearly 35 percent over the previous year.