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Four Mara-Salvatrucha Gang Members Arrested in the RGV

Release Date: 
February 17, 2022

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four Salvadoran gang members this week.

On Feb. 15, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents arrested a Salvadoran national near Hidalgo, whose record checks revealed he is a Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member.  In 2020, the man was sentenced to five months incarceration and one year of supervised release in Baltimore, Maryland, for an immigration violation. He was subsequently removed from the United States.

That afternoon, MCS processing agents discovered a Salvadoran national whose record checks revealed he is an MS-13 gang member with no previous arrests in the U.S.

On Feb. 16, MCS processing agents encountered two Salvadoran nationals whose record checks revealed they are MS-13 gang members. The two individuals have numerous removals from the United States. They were taken into Border Patrol custody on Feb. 15, after serving confinement sentences from their most recent illegal entry apprehensions in June and September 2021, respectively.

All subjects were processed accordingly.

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Last modified: 
February 17, 2022