CALEXICO – Â On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.
Border Patrol agents observed the man, later identified as Jose Perez-Santos, a 31-year-old Salvadoran national, as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at around 10:45 p.m.
Agents arrested Perez without incident approximately 3 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.
Perez was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the â€œMS-13â€ criminal gang out of El Salvador, and attempting to travel to Sacramento, Calif.
Perez has a prior deportation ordered by an Immigration Judge and was removed from the United States on May 26, 2010.
Perez is in Border Patrol custody pending prosecution charges for re-entry after being previously removed from the United States.
The El Centro Sectorâ€™s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline atÂ (800) 901-2003.