OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a gang member Monday evening.
The incident occurred at around 9 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station apprehended a man in the Jacumba Wilderness approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. The man was transported to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.
Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, a 34-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, is a documented MS-13 gang member with a prior conviction for 8 USC 1325, Entry Without Inspection.
Additionally, the man was formally removed from the United States on Aug. 2, 2019, in McAllen, Texas, back to El Salvador.
The gang member is being held in federal custody pending criminal prosecution.
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