CBP Arrests MS-13 Gang Member in Arizona Headed to Los Angeles

By Melanie Arter | December 4, 2018 | 12:56 PM EST

SANTIAGO NILTEPEC, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Some of the thousands of Central American migrants rest after arriving into the small town of Santiago Niltepec on October 29, 2018 in Santiago Niltepec, Mexico. Following a break on Sunday, the migrants, many of them fleeing violence in their home countries, resumed their march towards the United States border. As fatigue from the heat, distance, and poor sanitary conditions has set in, the numbers of people participating in the march has slowly dwindled, but a significant group are determined to get to the United States. On Monday an official said that the Pentagon will deploy up to 5,000 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to prevent members of the migrant caravan from illegally entering the country. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(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.


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