An El Salvadoran national who had been living in Sunnyvale was deported Wednesday to his native country where he is wanted in connection with two murders, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. Santos Lopez-Claudio, who also went by Wilber Alfredo Valle-Guerra, 36, was repatriated on a plane and handed over to El Salvadoran National Civilian Police upon landing on Wednesday, ICE officials said.
Valle-Guerra had a warrant out for his arrest in 2007 from El Salvador in connection with two counts of homicide and three counts of attempted homicide. Salvadoran authorities allege Valle-Guerra was part of three Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang members involved in fatal shootings on Nov. 14, 2006, in Ilobasco, Cabanas in El Salvador that killed a local policeman.
Valle-Guerra also had a warrant issued in 2003 for a firearms violation out of El Salvador. Valle-Guerra was taken into custody on Nov. 7, 2012, by ICE officials at a home in Sunnyvale. Since his arrest, an immigration judge in San Francisco in February determined he did not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S. Valle-Guerra had previously been deported from the U.S. in 2006.
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