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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol stops criminals

Release Date: 
July 5, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – Over the Fourth of July holiday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two gang members and encountered a criminal with narcotics and a stolen firearm. In the early morning today, agents arrested another gang member.

Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents arrested an adult male Salvadoran national near Rio Grande City, Texas. It was confirmed that the man is an 18th Street gang member and has three active warrants in El Salvador for “aggravated homicide and terrorist organization.” 

RGV Border Patrol arrest MS-13 gang member
RGV Border Patrol arrest
MS-13 gang member

Agents assigned to the Kingsville Station arrested an adult male Salvadoran national near Sarita, Texas. His record revealed he is a confirmed MS-13 gang member.

Agents conducting immigration inspections at the Sarita Checkpoint referred a vehicle to the secondary inspection area after a K-9 alerted. Upon further inspection, agents discovered nine grams of marijuana, two grams of mushrooms, brass knuckles, and two firearms with numerous rounds of ammunition concealed in the vehicle. It was revealed that one of the firearms was confirmed stolen and the United States citizen driver had an extensive criminal history. He was arrested and turned over to the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Department.

McAllen station agents arrested an adult male Salvadoran national near McAllen, Texas. Record checks and tattoos revealed the man is an MS-13 gang member.

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: 
July 6, 2018