OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a dangerous gang member on Monday morning.
The incident occurred at around 1 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry near the Jacumba Mountains. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.
Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, a 45-year-old El Salvadorian national, is a documented Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 gang member with a criminal history.
The gang member is being held in federal custody pending further 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.