Coneixón Del Rio/ Staff report

Fourth Gang Member Arrested in Past Week                                                                         

DEL RIO – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station arrested a member of the Sureño 13 criminal gang who had been previously removed from the United States. This is the fourth confirmed gang member arrested by Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents in the last week.

“Gang members continue to cross the border, and attempt to head farther into the United States among groups of illegal aliens,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Due to the vigilance of our agents, four gang members were stopped from making their way to American cities through the southwest Texas border this week.”

On July 3, Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national near Eagle Pass shortly after he made illegal entry by crossing the Rio Grande River. Agents later discovered he is a member of the Sureño 13 criminal street gang. His prior order of removal will be reinstated, and he faces prosecution under 8 USC § 1326 – Reentry After Deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.