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Mara-Salvatrucha and Paisa Gang Members Arrested in RGV

Release Date
Wed, 12/22/2021

MCALLEN, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector agents conducting processing duties identify four gang members in a single day.

On Dec. 21, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents working near Mission, arrested a Salvadoran national illegally present in the United States. Record checks revealed he is a Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member.

Earlier that morning, MCS processing agents encountered a Mexican national whose record checks revealed he is a Paisa gang member with extensive criminal history in the Rio Grande Valley. His criminal convictions range from driving while intoxicated (DWI) in 2007 in Alamo, evading arrest with a vehicle in 2011, and assault in 2015. He was sentenced to two years confinement for his most recent arrest in 2017 for harassment of a public servant, resisting arrest, and assault of a public servant. He was subsequently removed from the U.S. in 2019.

Shortly after, an additional Salvadoran national’s record checks revealed he is a MS-13 and also has extensive criminal history in Texas dating back almost 30 years. He was convicted of burglary in Houston in 1993 and twice of DWI in 2006 and 2014. He was also sentenced to 36-months confinement in 2018 for being found in the U.S. after deportation.

Around the same time, record checks on a third Salvadoran national revealed he is an MS-13. He was charged in Monroe, Washington, with hit and run from a vehicle accident and driving without a license. He has also been removed numerous times from the U.S.

All subjects were processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last Modified: Dec 29, 2021