Calexico, Calif. – Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested a 43-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at approximately 7 p.m. Agents arrested him west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
The man was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was an active member of the “Street Villians 13” criminal street gang. This gang is out of Los Angeles, Calif., which pledges allegiance to the “Sureño” street gang. The gang member is an aggravated felon who was previously deported in August 1996 for sales and transportation of narcotics and ordered to serve a combined prison sentence of more than seven years.
The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.