U.S. border guards in California arrested an alleged MS-13 gang member early Wednesday morning after illegally crossing the border into the United States, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
An agent from the San Diego sector was looking for “a group of illegal participants” in a mountainous area around noon. 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when he saw half a dozen men “near the border,” according to CBP.
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After questioning, all the men admitted that they had entered the United States illegally and were arrested, authorities said.
While being treated at a nearby border guard station, agents discovered that one of the men was “a documented MS-13 tape member,” CBP said.
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The man, a 28-year-old El Salvadorian citizen, and the other five – three of whom were also from El Salvador, one from Mexico and one from Honduras – will be sent back to their home countries, the agency said.