SALTON CITY — US Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a gang member Thursday, October 8, according to a press release.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:08 p.m., when a private taxi approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. One of the passengers of the taxi presented a Lawful Permanent Resident Card, which agents believed belonged to someone else. Agents referred the taxi to secondary inspection for further investigation.
In secondary inspection, agents confirmed the man was an imposter attempting use another individual’s document as his own. Additionally, records checks revealed that the man — a 32-year-old illegal alien from Mexico — is a documented Sureño gang member with a prior conviction for 8 USC 1326, Illegal Re-Entry into the United States. The man also has an extensive criminal history with multiple convictions, including but not limited to: Participate: Criminal Street Gang and Assault with Deadly Weapon, for which he received a 5-year prison sentence out of Orange County, California.
The illegal alien will be prosecuted for 8 USC 1326 illegal entry after deportation — a felony.
The gang member is being held in federal custody pending criminal prosecution.