Border Patrol Arrest Two Sureños Gang Members
CALEXICO, Calif. – Border Patrol agents assigned to El Centro Sector arrested two gang members Saturday night, 20 miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry, for illegally entering the United States.
At around 10:16 p.m., Border Patrol agents patrolling east of the Calexico Port of Entry encountered two men making an illegal entry into the United States. During questioning, the men admitted to being citizens of Mexico and did not possess the proper documents that would allow them to remain in the United States legally.
Agents arrested the men and transported them to the El Centro Station for processing.
Agents conducted record checks of the individuals and identified them as citizens of Mexico. Record checks also revealed that both individuals had previously been charged for participation in a criminal street gang. These charges were out of Santa Ana and Santa Barbara.
Jose Jesus Ayala-Oliveros and Luis Omar Garcia-Mujica have ties to the notorious Sureños gang.
“The arrest of these two gang members starkly illustrates the importance of border security efforts,” said Chief Patrol agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Gang members often travel with and seek entry into our country illegally with larger groups of migrants.”
Additionally Ayala and Garcia both had prior orders of removal.
Both individuals will be held 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 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.