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Two gang members and a sex offender arrested by Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol

Release Date: 
October 2, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested three criminal aliens attempting to illegally enter the United States.

On Tuesday, agents assigned to the McAllen Station arrested a Salvadoran national near Hidalgo, Texas. Record checks confirmed he was a member of the 18th Street Gang, a notoriously violent Los Angeles street gang comprised primarily of illegal immigrants.

Later that day, McAllen agents encountered a Salvadoran woman near Hidalgo, Texas as she attempted to enter the United States undetected. It was later confirmed she was a member of the notoriously deadly Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13.

On Thursday, agents assigned to the Weslaco Station arrested a Salvadoran national near Hidalgo, Texas. It was later discovered the man was previously arrested by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age and was sentenced to three years of prison confinement.

All subjects are being 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: 
February 3, 2021