CALEXICO, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an active "Sureño" gang member attempting to cross illegally near Calexico at around 5:30 p.m. Friday evening.
Border Patrol agents patrolling around six miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry witnessed a man illegally enter the United States by climbing over the international boundary fence.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
Following a records check, it was revealed that the man had been previously deported and could be prosecuted after re-entry.
The man admitted he was an active gang member of the "Sureño" gang.
“The main purpose of Border Patrol agents is to protect this country,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. “This arrest illustrates the dangers our agents face when apprehending people who enter the country illegally. If people like this are not detected and arrested at the border, they become free to wreak havoc on our most vulnerable communities.”
The man, a 40-year-old Mexican citizen, will be prosecuted for re-entry after removal.