Edinburg – U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout the Rio Grande Valley arrested three Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members and one 18th Street gang member.

On Friday, agents assigned to the McAllen station arrested two MS-13 gang members in separate incidents. Both men are Salvadoran nationals and their record checks revealed affiliation to the gang. The subjects also have prior orders of removal. 

Later that evening, Rio Grande City agents apprehended a group of four illegal aliens near La Grulla, Texas. During record checks, agents discovered that one of the Salvadoran men has a prior removal order, an affiliation to the MS-13 gang, and an extensive criminal history. The Nassau County Police Department arrested the man for intimidating a witness, resisting arrest, assault-intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, and disorderly conduct. The man has an active warrant for violating his probation for the crimes listed.

Yesterday, Kingsville agents apprehended a Guatemalan national near Armstrong, Texas, in a group of 16 illegal aliens. During processing, the man’s record checks confirmed his affiliation to the 18th Street gang. His records revealed two prior removal orders as well as an extensive criminal background. The Hillsboro Police Department and the Beaverton Police Department arrested and convicted the man for multiple crimes such as attempt to commit crime – felony assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, probation violation/disorderly conduct, and disorderly conduct 2nd degree. The man served 118 days in jail and fined over $2K for the offenses committed.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. 

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