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Border Patrol agents in South Texas prevent five MS-13 members from illegally entering U.S.

February 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in South Texas prevent five MS-13 members from illegally entering U.S.

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Border Patrol agents in South Texas detained five Salvadoran MS-13 gang members who were illegally trying to cross into the U.S. Two of the violent gang members had previously been deported. The arrests took place over a three-day period.

Agents working at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector came across a Salvadoran woman near Hidalgo, Texas, on February 3rd. The agents took her into custody and carried out a background investigation, Breitbart Texas reported.

The agents determined that she is a member of the ultra-violent gang MS-13.

The next day, McAllen Station agents working near Granjeno, Texas, apprehended another Salvadoran man as he illegally crossed from Mexico. After arresting him, agents carried out a records check that exposed criminal convictions in Denton County, Texas, for possessing a controlled substance. The man was previously deported on multiple occasions.

Later that day, agents patrolling near Havana, Texas, located a group of nine migrants who had illegally crossed the border. Agents identified as an MS-13 member and discovered that he was deported on two separate occasions.

On Monday, agents working at the Corpus Christi station received a call from local officials in Jackson County, Texas. The agents ascertained that the four individuals taken into custody by local police were in the country illegally. After a background investigation was conducted, the agents found that one of the men was also a verified MS-13 member.

That same day, agents working at the McAllen Station arrested a fifth Salvadoran native and learned he was also a member of MS-13.

The previously deported individuals will likely be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas for illegal re-entry after deportation. The remaining members will be processed for removal or prosecution.


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