CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a gang member near the West Calexico Port of Entry on Tuesday.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., agents patrolling near downtown Calexico observed a man making an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents apprehended the man and transported him to the Calexico Border Patrol station for processing.
Agents conducted records checks on the man which revealed he is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) criminal street gang. Agents also discovered that he was deported from the United States in November of 2012.
Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said, “The Border Patrol is committed to making our communities safe. The arrest of this gang member is a great example of that commitment.”
The man, a 24-year-old citizen of Honduras, is being detained at the Imperial County Jail pending criminal prosecution.
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.