Eagle Pass, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass North Station arrested a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13, criminal gang who had been previously deported.
“Border Patrol agents routinely encounter dangerous individuals while on duty securing our borders,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are committed to stopping any threat to the safety and security of our nation.”
On Dec. 18, Border Patrol agents arrested a Honduran national near Eagle Pass shortly after he made an illegal entry by crossing the Rio Grande River. Records checks revealed that he had been previously deported and that he is a confirmed member of the notorious MS-13 gang, a violent trans-national criminal organization, operating in many parts of the United States.
His prior order of removal will be reinstated, and he faces prosecution under 8 USC § 1326 – Reentry After Deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.