CALEXICO, Calif. – Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested a 29-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at around 11 p.m., approximately 7 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
The man, later identified as Luis Felipe Avila-Flores, was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was a member of the “El Monte Flores” criminal street gang. Agents also discovered that Avila has an extensive criminal and immigration history.
The gang member is an aggravated felon who has convictions from the state of Nevada for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Robbery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon. He was ordered to serve no less than 60 months in prison for his crimes.
The gang member was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in December, 2013.
The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed. This is the 24th gang member arrest in the El Centro Sector area of responsibility this year.
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.