(CNSNews.com) - Border Patrol agents in Arizona arrested an MS-13 gang member along with eight others, including five other illegal immigrants on their way to Los Angeles in two separate immigration stops on Thursday, DHS announced.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 28-year-old Manuel Lopez-Gomez, an MS-13 gang member from Mexico. He along with another illegal alien – 49-year-old Andres Abel Garcia – a Mexican national, and two others were arrested during an immigration stop near Wikieup.
Garcia had been previously convicted for a felony DUI conviction.
Border Patrol agents also arrested the driver of the vehicle carrying Lopez-Gomez and Garcia – a 27-year-old U.S. citizen from Phoenix – and his girlfriend, a Mexican national – for harboring certain aliens.
The illegal immigrants were headed to L.A. to live and work.
That same afternoon, agents performing an immigration stop near Wellston identified two previously reported illegal immigrants from Mexico and two U.S. citizens in a vehicle. The illegals in that vehicle also said they were on their way to Los Angeles to find work and to live there.