Gustavo Enamorado Mendoza, 21, is a member of the notorious street gang, MS-13

By Monica Garske
Updated 4 hrs ago

A young member of a notorious street gang was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Southern California as tried to illegally enter the country, officials confirmed.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gustavo Enamorado Mendoza, 21, was stopped by agents early Thursday morning as he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border about 12 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.

Agents took Mendoza to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing. There, while digging into his background, agents discovered he was a member of the criminal street gang, “Mara Salvatrucha,” commonly known as MS-13.

The suspect, a Honduran national, was taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol officials and will be charged for illegal entry into the U.S., officials said.