A previously deported MS-13 gang member, who hailed from Mexico, was apprehended by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

The agency claimed on Thursday, Dec. 12, that U.S. Customs and Border officials have successfully apprehended a man who is tied to the notoriously violent MS-13 gang while agents were patrolling just west of the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Mexican national Gonzalo Garcia-Gonzales, was arrested while attempting to illegally cross into the country. A more complete records check disclosed that Garcia-Gonzales was a documented member of the infamous street gang MS-13.

The news released by the agency did not report whether he had a history of violence. However, there was record of previous deportations of the man, with the most recent removal occurring back in February of this year. 

Garcia-Gonzales is currently in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution, according to the agency.

The arrest of Garcia-Gonzales comes a week after the CBP announced the arrest of Elmer Joel Mendez-Nufio, a 40-year-old El Salvadoran national and MS-13 member trying to illegally enter the United States through New Mexico. The man had been previously deported after charges of assault and DWI.

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