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USBP Arrests MS-13 Gang Member

Release Date: 
April 7, 2021

CAMPO, Calif. — San Diego Sector (SDC) Border Patrol agents arrested an MS-13 gang member after he illegally entered the U.S. 

At about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, an agent patrolling the mountains near Forest Gate Road was searching for a group of illegal entrants when he encountered six men near the border wall.

The agent questioned the men about their immigration status and all six men admitted to being illegally present in the U.S.  The men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.  At the station, a records check revealed that one of the men, a 28-year-old El Salvadorian national, was a documented MS-13 gang member. 

The El Salvadorian man will be processed for removal at a local Border Patrol station.  The other five men, three additional El Salvadorian nationals, one Mexican national, and one Honduran national, will also be processed for removal from the U.S.

“I’m proud of the great work by our agents arresting this gang member,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.  “Their hard work keeps our neighborhoods safe.”

To prevent illegal entry and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on 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.

Last modified: 
April 7, 2021