CALEXICO, CALIF.—On Saturday, 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 Francisco Javier Lupian-Flores, a 26-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at approximately 8 p.m. Agents arrested Flores without incident 29 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
Flores was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the "Surenos" criminal street gang out of San Mateo County, Calif, with an extensive criminal and immigration history.
Flores is in Border Patrol custody and will be presented for prosecution on charges for re-entry of an illegal alien after being previously removed from 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.