Salvadoran accused of terrorism ties arrested in Carson City

Salvadoran accused of terrorism ties arrested in Carson City

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Federal marshals have arrested a Salvadoran man in Carson City that they say is in the U.S. illegally and has ties to a terrorist organization in Central America.

U.S immigration and customs officials say Rene Antonio “Scrapy” Hernandez-Mejia was taken into custody on Wednesday. They say they intend to deport him to El Salvador to face criminal charges in his home country.

ICE said in a statement Wednesday that Interpol issued a notice indicating Hernandez-Mejia was wanted for being part of a terrorist organization.

Iterpol said he was part of the 18 Revolutionary Pandilla, which is a faction of an El Salvadoran gang called Shadow Park Locos, also known as “SPL.”

Federal officials didn't specify the charges he faces in El Salvador but they say the gang has been involved with crimes including homicide, extortion and terrorism.

No other details have been released. Federal court records in Reno don't list a lawyer for Hernandez-Mejia or indicate if a federal hearing is pending.

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