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Previously deported Salvadorian national with active ties to MS-13 apprehended at Arizona border

March 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Previously deported Salvadorian national with active ties to MS-13 apprehended at Arizona border

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Border Patrol agents stationed in Tuscon, Arizona arrested a previously deported Salvadoran national with suspected ties to the notoriously violent MS-13 transnational criminal street gang.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, agent patrolling a remote mountain west of Tucson Sunday night detained the 23-year-old Salvadorian citizen.

Border Patrol Agents transferred the undocumented immigrant to the Three Points Station to conduct a criminal background check using biometrics.

The agency said the migrant was subsequently identified as Gerson Sanchez-Benitez, who was previously deported in 2017 for crimes in Virginia.

Authorities said Sanchez-Benitez has a profile indicating an active affiliation with the MS-13 street gang, also referred to as Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal group, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s and later spread to other U.S. cities. Mexico and throughout Central America.

A majority of MS-13 members are of Central American origin, mainly from El Salvador.

Sanchez remains in federal custody awaiting pending charges for criminal immigration violations.

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