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Missing deported man found on Facebook, brandishing rifle

Carlos Efrain Chavez-Alas
Carlos Efrain Chavez-Alas

GULFPORT -- Federal agents in Gulfport have found an El Salvadoran national who reportedly disappeared while appealing a deportation order. They said they found him on Facebook and saw pictures of him brandishing and firing a shotgun.

Carlos Efrain Chavez-Alas, 27, had been out on bond pending review of an immigration judge's May 7, 2013, order to deport him, a court document said.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of possession of a firearm by a person found in the United States unlawfully. He is set for trial on a court calendar that starts March 14.

He was living in the 300 block of 29th Street in Gulfport and had created two Facebook pages, including one in the vanity name of Calvina Payin, a court document said.

Chavez-Alas, who lived alone, had posted a picture of a Gulfport traffic citation and pictures of himself holding and shooting what appeared to be a bolt-action rifle with a wooden stock, according to an affidavit by a Homeland Security Investigations agent.

He was arrested during a search of his home Jan. 4 by agents with HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents said they looked in his bedroom closet and found a firearm -- a Revelation model 336 .410-gauge bolt-action shotgun.

The final order on his immigration status required he be sent back to El Salvador, an HSI agent's affidavit said.

Chavez-Alas was denied bond in a federal court appearance after his arrest in Gulfport.

Biloxi police had arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge in 2010.

Court papers show federal agents determined he had no document authorizing him to be in the U.S.

He was taken into custody to await hearings in U.S. Immigration Court. The nearest immigration court is in New Orleans.

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