CALEXICO, Calif. –Today, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehend a dangerous gang member from the “Sureno” criminal street gang. This makes a total of 23 gang members arrested this year. The man was illegally present in the United States at the time of his arrest.
At approximately 7 a.m., Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station apprehended 23-year-old Octavio Gonzalez-Ramiez who illegally entered into the U.S. approximately seven miles east of Calexico West Port of Entry.
During a interview Gonzalez admitted to being a member of the “Sureno” criminal street gang based out of Santa Maria. Gonzalez also admitted to stabbing two “Norteno” gang members six years ago. Record checks revealed Gonzalez has an extensive criminal history and was removed from the U.S. in 2010.
Gonzalez is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for illegal 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.
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.