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Border Patrol Agents Arrest 2 MS-13 Gang Members

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales and Tucson stations arrested two previously deported MS-13 gang members during separate incidents Saturday and Monday.

Agents arrested Eugenio Franco, a 31-year-old Mexican national, shortly after he illegally crossed the U.S. border west of Nogales just before noon on Saturday.

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 Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Late Monday morning, Tucson Station agents arrested Julio Santos, a 41-year-old national of El Salvador, shortly after he entered the country illegally through the desert near Arivaca, Arizona.

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Courtesy of U.S. Customs and
Border Protection








Both men have extensive criminal histories in the United States and now face prosecution for re-entering the U.S. following deportation.

All individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories or gang affiliations are positively identified.


The Border Patrol, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021