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.
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.
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.
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.