CAMPO, CALIF.—Border Patrol agents working near the U.S./Mexico International Border arrested a man last Friday who is affiliated with a Los Angeles-based gang.
At approximately 5 a.m., agents observed four individuals cross the border near Campo in East San Diego County. Agents responded to the area and apprehended four men. One of the four indicated that he was a Guatemalan citizen illegally present in the U.S. The group was taken to a nearby station where record checks revealed a criminal history for the 25-year-old Guatemalan man. Further investigation revealed he had been convicted of burglary, deported previously, convicted of illegal re-entry, and connected to the 18th Street gang in Los Angeles.
The Guatemalan subject will be criminally prosecuted by the Border Patrol for re-entry after deportation and is being held in Department of Homeland Security custody.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.