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Border Patrol Apprehends MS-13 Gang Member

Release Date: 
December 12, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector arrested an admitted MS-13 gang member near Douglas, Thursday afternoon.

The arrest occurred around noon, when Border Patrol agents on patrol observed a man illegally enter the United States west of the Douglas Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the station for processing.

During processing, record checks revealed the man was identified as Gonzalo Garcia-Gonzales, a 26-year-old Mexican national. Record checks also revealed that Garcia is a documented MS-13 gang member.

Garcia has been previously ordered removed from the United States, the most recent being on February 09, 2019.

Garcia is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.  All arrested individuals are presumed innocent pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at TCA-PAO@cbp.dhs.gov or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.

Previously deported MS-13 gang member Gonzalo Garcia-Gonzales was arrested by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents Dec. 11, 2019.

Last modified: 
December 12, 2019