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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol arrests 18th Street gang member posing as a family unit

Release Date: 
July 25, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents across the Rio Grande Valley arrested two members of the 18th street gang and a United States citizen sexual predator.

Chest of an 18th street gang member
Rio Grande Valley agents arrest 18th
Street gang member

On Monday, agents assigned to the Falfurrias station arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle two illegal aliens through the checkpoint. The man’s record revealed that he was arrested by the Austin Police Department in 2002 for indecency with a child sexual contact. The man was convicted and sentenced to two years probation.

Also on Monday, McAllen agents apprehended a Salvadoran national near Granjeno, Texas. The man entered the country illegally with his minor son. His record later revealed that he is a member of the 18th Street gang.

Yesterday, Falfurrias agents arrested a Salvadoran national whose records showed that he is a member of the 18th Street gang.

The men will be 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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February 3, 2021