TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a previously deported MS-13 gang member Sunday afternoon.
Agents patrolling near Sasabe, Arizona encountered and arrested three previously deported Honduran nationals shortly after they entered the U.S. illegally. During processing, agents identified one of the individuals as Eldin Zuniga-Zuniga, 29, an MS-13 gang member with an extensive criminal history in Utah, to include a February 2017 conviction for possession with intent to distribute a dangerous drug.
Zuniga will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations involving re-entry of a previously deported felon. The two other Honduran nationals will also be processed for immigration violations.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
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.