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Sept. 20, 2006, 10:39PM
Suspected MS-13 gang member arrested near Pharr

Associated Press

PROGRESO — A 23-year-old Salvadoran with suspected Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang ties and a conviction for assaulting a New York police officer was arrested today trying to re-enter the country, Customs and Border Protection officials said.

Santos Chileno-Gomez was arrested about 12:30 a.m. near the Pharr port of entry. He was one of four illegal immigrants spotted by Texas National Guard members equipped with night vision equipment.

The guard members informed Border Patrol agents, who made the arrest.

Chileno-Gomez was identified by his fingerprints as an MS-13 member whose extensive criminal history includes a conviction of second-degree assault on a Long Island, New York, police officer.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents say they have arrested 75 members of MS-13, a violent Central American street gang, since the fiscal year began in October.