New York U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) agents removed a Salvadoran national Thursday, wanted in her home country of El Salvador on aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder charges.
Elda Cuadra-Torres, 29, was removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations Charter flight and transferred into the custody of Salvadoran law enforcement authorities.
According to Salvadoran law enforcement authorities, Cuadra-Torres, an MS-13 gang member, and others, murdered an individual in San Miguel, El Salvador.
On July 2, 2016, U.S. Border Patrol arrested Cuadra-Torres near Hidalgo, Texas, after she illegally entered the United States and transferred her to ICE custody. On July 2, 2016, Cuadra-Torres was released from ICE custody on the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program. In July 2018, a judge of the Specialized Magistrates’ Court in San Miguel, El Salvador, issued an arrest warrant for Cuadra-Torres for the charge of aggravated murder.
In September 2018, Interpol issued a Red Notice identifying Cuadra-Torres as an MS-13 gang member, wanted by Salvadoran law enforcement authorities on charges of aggravated homicide and terrorism acts. ICE agents in New York were advised that Cuadra-Torres was an active MS-13 gang member, wanted on homicide charges in El Salvador.
On Oct. 25, 2018, deportation officers arrested Cuadra-Torres at her residence in Huntington Station, New York.
On March 12, 2019, Cuadra-Torres was ordered removed by an immigration Judge in New York City, paving the way for her removal to El Salvador.