EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended a member of the 18th Street gang and a man arrested for a sex crime in separate events Easter morning. Both men were attempting to illegally enter the United States.
Agents assigned to the Harlingen Station apprehended a man from El Salvador. During processing, the man admitted to being an 18th Street gang member with affiliation to the Sureño 13 gang. The man will be referred to the Brownsville Prosecutions Office.
During the same timeframe, agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended a Honduran man near Hidalgo. During processing, record checks revealed that the man had been arrested by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina and charged with indecent liberties with a child. He will be referred to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Prosecutions Office.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.