RGV Border Patrol Agents Arrest Three Gang Members and a Convicted Child Sex Offender

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EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents arrest three gang members and a convicted child sex offender this week.

Monday afternoon, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents apprehended and identified an El Salvadoran man within a group of 25 migrants in Mission, Texas, as an 18th Street gang member.  During processing, record checks revealed his affiliation to the gang and a previous removal from the United States in 2018.

Hours later, MCS agents working near Hidalgo, Texas, apprehended a group of 74 migrants after they illegally entered the United States. Among the group was a Honduran national whose record checks revealed he is a Mara-Salvatrucha gang member.

Wednesday night, MCS agents apprehended a group of 13 migrants after they illegally entered the United States south of Penitas, Texas. Record checks identified the Mexican national as a member of the Gulf Cartel.


Today, Kingsville Border Patrol Station agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint apprehended Gilberto Magana-Chavarria.  Record checks on the Mexican national revealed, he was convicted by an Oklahoma County District Court on two counts of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 18 years-of-age and child abuse of a child less than 16. He was sentenced to 5 years’ incarceration and 20 years’ probation for each of the charges in 2017.

This fiscal year, Border Patrol agents around the nation have arrested 279 gang members, of those, more than 150 gang members were arrested in RGV.

All subjects were processed accordingly.