Authorities arrested two alleged members of the violent MS-13 gang Friday in Galloway Township, the FBI said.
The fugitives, Jose Manuel Romero-Parada and Williams Ernesto Lovos-Ayala, were apprehended in the 300 block of Moss Mill Road, the FBI Newark Field Office said in a release.
Romero-Parada, formerly of Indianapolis, was one of 15 people indicted recently in Ohio on charges of conspiracy to extort and launder money in support of the transnational gang, the FBI said. He is also wanted in El Salvador on kidnapping-related charges.
Romero-Parada was in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia pending extradition to Ohio.
Lovos-Ayala was wanted on murder charges in Prince William County, Virginia, in a 2015 killing, the FBI said. He was in the Atlantic County jail Friday, pending extradition to Virginia.
MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, is believed by federal prosecutors to have thousands of members across the U.S., primarily immigrants from Central America. It has a stronghold in Los Angeles, where it emerged in the 1980s as a neighborhood street gang, but has wreaked violence in towns nationwide.
Assisting in the investigation were Galloway and Atlantic City police, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey Human Services police and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector.