Deputies: Members of notorious L.A.-based gang arrested

Deputies: Members of notorious L.A.-based gang arrested

DUPLIN COUNTY - Duplin County deputies said they have arrested two members of one of the most dangerous gangs in the country.

According to investigators, Nahun Alberto Funez-Maldonado (right), of Magnolia, escaped from authorities Thursday while they were serving warrants at the suspect's workplace in Wilmington.

Funez-Maldonado led deputies on a foot chase before being arrested, investigators said. He was wanted for a 2003 warrant for injury to personal property.

Funez-Maldonado had previously been deported for illegal entry into the U.S., and he also has a prior conviction of kidnapping, deputies said. The suspect is being held at the Duplin County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

Funez-Maldonado's brother, Marlon, was also being held under a $40,000 bond on a charge of communicating threats. He was arrested during Thursday's warrant service, deputies said.

Both brothers are members of MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha-13), a violent Hispanic L.A.- based gang, according to investigators.

The Department of Homeland Security is also investigating.

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