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RGV Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Gang Members Over the Weekend

Release Date: 
May 3, 2021

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two gang members in a 24-hour span.

On Saturday, Weslaco Border Patrol Station agents apprehended a group of seven noncitizens near Alamo, Texas.  Record checks for a Salvadoran national identified the man as a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member with two previous removals from the United States.

Yesterday morning, McAllen Border Patrol agents responded to suspected illegal activity near Mission, Texas.  As agents arrived, they observed a Ford Taurus departing the area.  Agents made contact with the driver and determined the driver and all passengers in the vehicle were illegally present in the United States.  The subjects were arrested and transported to a Border Patrol facility for processing. During processing, record checks identified the driver, a Honduran national, as an MS-13 gang member.  In addition to his gang affiliation, the subject has a criminal conviction for assault causing bodily injury and was sentenced to 29 days confinement.

All subjects were processed accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

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Last modified: 
May 3, 2021