CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a Mara Salvatrucha gang member Sunday night west of Calexico after he illegally entered the U.S.
At around 9 p.m., Border Patrol agents patrolling about three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry observed a man scale over the international boundary fence and illegally enter the United States.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
Agents conducted record checks which identified the man as Leonel Ramirez Martinez, who had several felony convictions for assault, was previously deported and met the guidelines for prosecution after re-entry.
After further inspection of the man’s several tattoos this revealed he is part of the dangerous and deadly gang known as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) from Honduras.
The man had been previously arrested by New York Police department twice for felony assault in 2013 and 2014.
“Individuals encountered and arrested at the border do not typically stay near the border,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim, “The arrest of this gang member shows that he has ties to New York and has victimized people in that community. Our agents stopping and arresting him at the border means he won’t get another opportunity to victimize any community in this country.”
The man, a 25-year-old a citizen of Honduras, will be prosecuted for Re-Entry-After-Removal.
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.