CALEXICO, CALIF.—On Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents observed the man, later identified as Luis Martinez-Santillan, a 19-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at approximately 12:30 p.m. Agents arrested Martinez without incident 11 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
Martinez was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the "18th Street" criminal street gang out of Los Angeles, Calif., with a prior deportation ordered by an Immigration Judge.
Martinez 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 (800) 901-2003.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.