(Border Patrol arrests gang members)...The arrests were in separate incidents.
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working the Indio area made a traffic stop on a Honda Odyssey near the intersection of Spa Road and Hot Mineral Spa Road. The agents performed an immigration investigation. The driver was a United States Citizen. The passenger said he was a citizen of El Salvador and admitted to being in the US illegally. The 33 year old passenger also admitted to being an MS-13 gang member. He was taken into federal custody. The driver was booked for smuggling and released. Sunday agents working the Calexico area found a man about 18 miles east of Calexico. The 41 year old was taken into custody for an immigration and criminal history check. The 41 year old man, a Mexican National turned out to be a documented member of the Paisas gang, with multiple felony convictions. He had been deported in 2004. As a convicted felon, the gang member faces a charge of re-entry after deportation, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.