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Sureños gang member wanted for homicide busted trying to enter Mexico

January 13, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sureños gang member wanted for homicide busted trying to enter Mexico

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Border agents captured a fugitive wanted for a 2012 gang-related homicide as he attempted to flee over the border into Mexico early this week.

According to a press release by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents nabbed 31-year-old Victor Manuel Valdovinos, a reputed member of the Sureños 13 street gang, on Monday, as he attempted to cross into Mexico via the pedestrian walkway at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Customs officials said Valdovinos, a U.S. citizen, presented agents with what appeared to be a valid California birth certificate and an expired driver’s license during an exit inspection.

His name was subsequently flagged after officers conducted a routine query search on law enforcement databases.

CBP agents discovered Valdovinos was the subject of two outstanding warrants issued out of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office in Northern California, one for murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Officers ran Valdovinos fingerprints, which confirmed his identity.

Border agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry arrested the California gang member on Monday

Law enforcement officials said Valdovinos stands accused of gunning down 19-year-old Jesus Gallardo in Garza Park, located in the city of Patterson in January 2012 in what police described was a gang-related killing.

The following day, authorities identified Valdovinos as a person of interest in Gallardo’s murder and in August 2016, Modesto’s Crimes Stoppers placed Valdovinos on its Most Wanted list.

The accused Sureños gang member managed to stay on the lam until Border Patrol agents arrested him on Monday.

A judge has set bail for $1 million, and he will remain in a San Diego jail while the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office completes the process for his extradition.

According to the FBI’s National Drug Intelligence Center, the Sureños gang have well over 100,000 members and associates across the U.S. and have involvement in illegal rackets including human and drug trafficking, kidnapping, assaults, and murders.

The gang also maintains close ties with several Mexican drug trafficking organizations including the Zetas, Sinaloa, and Gulf cartels in the distribution of narcotics across the Midwest and southwestern regions.

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