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Multiple Criminal Migrants Arrested in the RGV

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Gulf Cartel member and two gang members.

On Feb. 28, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents apprehended a group of six migrants near Hidalgo, Texas. At the station, record checks revealed a man traveling in the group is an active member of the Gulf Cartel. The cartel member’s brother was also traveling among the group. Both men have prior arrests in Mexico for possession of marijuana.

Also on Feb. 28, Harlingen Police Department officers requested assistance from Harlingen Border Patrol agents to determine citizenship from a subject they had detained. Agents determined the subject was unlawfully present in the United States and took custody of the individual. Record checks revealed he is a Paisa gang member with extensive criminal history and multiple removals from the U.S. dating back to 2007. The subject has served prison time twice for assault in Nashville, Tennessee, to include a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The man also served a six-year confinement for possession of cocaine, and almost three-years in confinement for immigration related offenses.

On March 1, a MCS processing agent encountered a 21-year-old Salvadoran national whose record checks indicate he is a Mara-Salvatrucha gang member. He was also arrested for terroristic threats in his home country in 2017.

All subjects were processed accordingly.

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  • Last Modified: March 2, 2022