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Border Patrol Apprehends “MS-13” Gang Member

Release Date: 
May 11, 2015

OCOTILLO, Calif. –Saturday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States, west of the Calexico Port of Entry.

While performing line watch duties Border Patrol agents observed a man, later identified as Jonathan, Castro-Magdaleno, a 21-year-old Salvadoran national, as he entered the United States from Mexico at approximately 10 p.m.  Agents responded and arrested the man approximately 11 miles west of the port.

The man was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing. Agents discovered that he was a member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) criminal street gang out of El Salvador.

Castro is in Border Patrol custody and will be further processed for his illegal entry into the United States.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017