Authorities have apprehended Elmer Neftali Martinez-Escobar, a 31-year-old MS-13 gang member from El Salvador, living in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Martinez-Escobar, wanted for murder in his home country, was arrested on June 29 during a routine traffic stop.

During the stop, a sheriff’s deputy detected the smell of marijuana. Martinez-Escobar admitted possession, leading to a search that revealed eight grams of marijuana. A check through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database identified him as an MS-13 member wanted for murder.

Martinez-Escobar was booked into Hill-Finklea Detention Center before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took him into custody. Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis praised the deputy’s diligence, stating, “This traffic stop is a great example of our deputies using their training to identify criminal offenders.”

Martinez-Escobar likely entered the U.S. as an undetected illegal alien. He remains in ICE custody, awaiting deportation to El Salvador.