WESTMORLAND â€”Â U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested an alleged gang member at the Highway 86 checkpoint Wednesday night.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., a man and woman were stopped at the checkpoint and directed to secondary for a more thorough inspection.
Agents conducted records checks of the man and it was revealed that he has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear issued in the state of California. Agents also determined that the man was an active member of the â€œNortenoâ€ criminal street gang.
â€œThe Border Patrol is committed to making our communities safe,â€ said ActingÂ Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal. â€œThe arrest of this gang member on a warrant is a great example of that commitment.â€
The man, 24-year-old Lorenzo Ramirez, a United States citizen, will be turned over to the Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Department.Â The woman passenger was released.