A MS13 gang member was arrested in Avery County on Saturday in connection with a murder in Baltimore, Md.
According to deputies, the Avery County Special Response Team and the United States Marshals Service executed a high risk fugitive apprehension in Banner Elk.
Officials arrested Milton A. Portillo-Rodriguez who was hiding out in Avery County.
Portillo-Rodriguez is a verified MS-13 gang member from the Maryland area, officials said.
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He was wanted for an alleged killing on June 24 in Maryland.
“Everything went as planned this morning and we were able to take a really bad guy off the streets who thought that he could hide in our rural community, he thought wrong,” Sheriff Kevin Frye said.
Portillo-Rodriguez is currently being held in Avery County jail without bond.