Agents: Foreign gang member detained
Published: 12.17.2008

U.S. Border Patrol agents who encountered a group of illegal entrants in the desert west of Casa Grande found a member of a violent Central America gang and took him into custody.
The 27-year-old Salvadoran is a member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, said Senior Border Patrol Agent Dove Haber, a Border Patrol spokeswoman here.
The man, who was not named, was being held in federal custody for removal proceedings and possible prosecution.
He was convicted earlier in Virginia of identity theft and hit-and-run driving, Haber said.
She said federal records showed he also had been ordered deported from the United States at least once before.
His past was uncovered after he was picked up with other members of the group and agents ran his name through a computerized fingerprint database, the Border Patrol said.