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Border agents arrest Sureños gang member on human smuggling charges in Arizona

August 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border agents arrest Sureños gang member on human smuggling charges in Arizona

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Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona apprehended a purported Sureños gang member for attempting to smuggle a group of undocumented migrants into the United States.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station pulled over a Ford Fusion on State Route 86 for an immigration investigation.

While carrying out an interview, the agents discovered the driver was a U.S. citizen currently living in Phoenix, Arizona.

After the driver was questioned, agents learned that his five passengers were all undocumented immigrants.

The migrants snuck into the U.S. from Mexico and Guatemala.

Border Patrol officials indicated that three of the men and one woman are natives of Mexico and the fifth was from Guatemala.

The driver reportedly admitted to federal investigators that he belongs to a violent sect of the California-based Sureños gang.

In 2014, federal law enforcement officials referred to the Sureños as one of the most dangerous gangs in California.

The gang’s origins trace back to the late 1960s when factions of Hispanic gangs in California were forced to pay “tribute” to the Mexican mafia.

The five migrants are being processed for immigration violations and the driver is facing charges of human smuggling.

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