U.S. Border Patrol Arrest Gang Members and Child Predators

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Border Patrol agents across the Rio Grande Valley arrest two Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members, an 18th Street gang member, and two men previously charged with sex offenses against children. 

On July 5, Weslaco Border Patrol agents arrested a Honduran national near Edinburg. It was later discovered the man had a previous conviction for sexual assault of a child and had been ordered removed from the United States.

At the same time near Hidalgo, Weslaco agents apprehended a Salvadoran national who made a claim of fear to being deported back to his native country. During processing, it was confirmed the man is a member of the MS-13 gang. 

On July 6 agents arrested a Mexican man near Rio Grande City as he attempted to enter the United States illegally. The man’s criminal history revealed a previous conviction for having sex with a minor and was sentenced to 100 days confinement and 36 months’ probation. He was previously removed from the United States.

On July 7, Kingsville agents arrested a Salvadoran national near Sarita. Record checks confirm he is a MS-13 gang member.

On July 8, Weslaco agents arrest a Mexican man near Progreso. Record checks reveal he was linked to the Zetas cartel and spent three years in prison for his involvement in the murder of a Mexican national. 

Later that day, agents encountered a group of 15 illegal aliens attempting to circumvent the checkpoint south of Sarita. During processing, it was discovered that one of the subjects, a Mexican national, is a member of the 18th Street gang. 

All subjects will be processed accordingly.

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