CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States today.
Border Patrol agents arrested a 23-year-old Mexican national at around 9 a.m., as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico approximately four miles east of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
The man, later identified as Hector Morales-Reynosa, was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station for processing. Record checks revealed that Morales is a known gang member with an extensive criminal record and immigration history.
Morales is an aggravated felon who has convictions from Kankakee, Illinois for aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was sentenced to four years prison time for his crime.
Morales is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed.
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.
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.