Border Patrol agents arrest MS-13 gang member
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Gang member has felony and immigration arrests, including murder
August 19, 2008 - 12:55PM
A member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang, who previously was arrested as a murder suspect, is back in custody after being arrested near Yuma by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The unidentified gang member, a citizen of El Salvador, was arrested Monday night after he illegally entered the country, the patrol said.

Agent Ben Vik, a spokesman for the patrol's Yuma Sector, said the gang member has a record of arrests in California, Nevada and Arizona on suspicion of such offenses as murder, attempted murder, evading a police officer, fugitive from justice, robbery, numerous drug offenses, possession of stolen property and violation of a deportation order.

Vik said he did not know if he had been convicted of all those offenses, but said he served a two-year prison term for a cocaine conviction in early 1990s as well as prison terms for two separate robbery convictions in 1995 and 2002.

“Border Patrol agents encounter criminals on a routine basis,â€