MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to over Two Years in Prison for Illegally Returning to the United States After Being Previously Deported

December 16, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, sentenced Ever Enrique Medina, a/k/a “Ever Enrique Andrade,” a/k/a “Scorpion,” age 25, and El Salvadoran native living in Columbia, Maryland, today to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally reentering the U.S. after previously being deported.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“This case demonstrates ICE Homeland Security Investigations partnership with local and state law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combat the national security and public safety threats posed by transnational criminal street gang members,” said William Winter, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Baltimore. “Let this be a reminder and deterrent to those gang members that illegally re-enter the United States after deportation: If encountered, we will arrest and remove you from our streets and prevent you from committing more crimes in our communities.”

According to court documents and Medina’s indictment, on December 5, 2006, Medina was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was convicted of that charge in Howard County Circuit Court and was deported to El Salvador on April 20, 2007. Prior to his DUI conviction, Medina, whose body is covered in MS-13 tattoos, pleaded guilty to possession of a concealed dangerous weapon and possession of marijuana. Medina was also stopped by police on several occasions with other known MS-13 members.

Medina admitted that he illegally reentered the United States prior to September 29, 2008, when Medina was charged with driving without a license. Medina failed to appear for the trial on December 9, 2008 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On December 27, 2009 , a vehicle driven by a known MS-13 member was pulled over by Baltimore County Police for a traffic violation. Medina was a passenger in the car. The driver was arrested for giving a the police a fraudulent identification card in a false name and refusing to provide an address. Medina was arrested on the outstanding warrant from his 2008 traffic case. When the officers searched the car following the arrests, they found two folding knives, one under the back seat and the other between the front driver and front passenger seats.

On November 25, 2010, a fight occurred at the Cheers Bar and Grill in Baltimore County. During the fight, a witness saw a man attack the victim with a knife. The victim was stabbed in the left shoulder and in the back. The attacker also threatened the witness with the knife, slashing and missing him, and saying there would be "Mara" consequences if he talked. Moments later, as patrons were being moved out of bar, Medina tried to force his way back into the bar, past a security officer. The security officer forced Medina to the ground, at which time another man swung at the security officer. Medina got up, pulled a blue knife out of his pocket, and attempted to slash the security officer. The security officer jumped back and avoided the knife. Medina ran away from the bar, and was apprehended later in the nearby woods, in possession of the blue knife. The security officer identified Medina as the person who tried to slash him. Medina was arrested and charged with assault relating to the attempted stabbing of the security officer. At the time of his arrest, Medina had several scrapes on his legs, arms, hands, and torso, and a cut on his mouth. Medina was convicted of second degree assault in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ICE HSI and the Baltimore County Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

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