Agents Arrest Sureno Gang Member in SE Arizona

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from the Brian A. Terry Station in Naco apprehended two illegal aliens Sunday afternoon and later identified one subject as a Sureño gang member.

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Agents arrested the two men shortly after they entered into United States illegally near Naco and transported them to the Brian A. Terry Station for further processing. During processing, a records check identified one of the men, 33-year old Prudencio Barragan-Mendoza, as a Mexican national and active Sureño gang member. Records also showed that Barragan has a history of immigration violations.

Barragan will remain in custody pending immigration violation proceedings and could face additional charges for his affiliation with a violent street gang.

The other man arrested, a Mexican national, will also be processed for immigration violation.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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