News Americas, SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador , Mon. April 27, 2015: A 32-year-old Salvadoran man wanted in his home country for aggravated homicide has been sent packing.
Edwin Alexander Cruz Canas was charged with aggravated homicide for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 16, 2011 murder of a Jose Erick Martinez de La O. According to an Interpol warrant, Cruz Canas was present when an accomplice allegedly shot and killed Martinez de La O.
Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Atlanta, Georgia removed Cruz Canas late last week from the U.S.
ERO officers turned over Cruz Canas to the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) of El Salvador upon his arrival in El Salvador.
Cruz Canas had entered the United States unlawfully and was arrested in Marietta, Georgia, March 9, 2015 by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents who were acting on a public tip.
“ERO is committed to removing criminal fugitives who are wanted abroad and amenable to removal,” said acting Field Office Director Corey A. Price of ERO Atlanta. “With every foreign criminal we remove, we strengthen our foreign law enforcement relationships and make our American cities safer.”
Cruz Canas is the latest removal to El Salvador as part of ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative. The SAFE Initiative is geared toward identifying foreign fugitives who are wanted abroad and removable under U.S. immigration law.
In just three years, through the SAFE Initiative, ERO has removed more than 530 criminal fugitives to El Salvador. Those removed as part of the SAFE Initiative have been deemed ineligible to remain in the United States, and were all wanted by El Salvador’s national police.