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MS-13 gang member and smugglers arrested by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents

Release Date: 
October 20, 2017

FALFURRIAS, Texas - Agents encountered an aggravated murderer and foiled two smuggling attempts at the checkpoint.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, agents apprehended a Salvadoran national near Falfurrias, Texas. During processing, it was discovered the man was a member of the notoriously deadly Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13. Record checks indicate the man was charged with Aggravated Homicide in El Salvador on June 15, 2011.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint were conducting immigration inspections when a passenger car driven by a United States citizen approached the primary inspection lane. Upon investigation, an illegal alien was discovered concealed in the trunk.

Hours later, a second United States citizen approached the primary inspection lane. Upon investigation, an illegal alien was discovered concealed in the trunk.

Both drivers were arrested and will face alien smuggling charges.

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
October 23, 2017