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Border Patrol Nabs “Surenos 13” Gang Member

Release Date: 
March 26, 2014

CALEXICO, Calif. – Tuesday, 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 arrested a 32-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at around 10 p.m.  Agents arrested the man approximately three miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.

The man later identified as Luis Miguel Maya-Barriga, was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was an active member of the “Surenos 13” criminal street gang, out of Santa Maria, Calif. 

The gang member has an extensive criminal history and was previously deported on November 7, 2005.  

The man 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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021