CALEXICO, CALIF.—Yesterday, 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.
At approximately 4 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed a 48-year-old male Mexican national cross into the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents tracked the man through the desert and apprehended him approximately 11 miles west of downtown Calexico. The man was subsequently transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station where it was revealed he was an active gang member out of Los Angeles, Calif. Records indicated he had an extensive criminal history associated with gang activity. The man was previously removed from the United States on Oct. 4, 2012 out of Nogales, Ariz.
The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be processed for removal 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.