CALEXICO, CALIF.—Yesterday, 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.
At approximately 6:45 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed a 32-year-old male Mexican national identified as Luis A. Salas-Prado, cross into the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested Salas without incident before blending into the populated streets of downtown Calexico.
Salas was subsequently transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was a gang member and aggravated felon, out of Merced, Calif. Records indicated he had served one year in jail for participating in a criminal street gang, and four years in prison after being convicted of inflicting injury to another. Salas was previously removed from the United States on August 25, 2011 out of Eloy, Ariz.
Salas is in Border Patrol custody and will be prosecuted for re-entry 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 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.