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Border Patrol agents find missing child, arrest gang member

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EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector located a missing child and arrested a gang member along with two other people suspected of human smuggling in three separate incidents.

The missing child was found Tuesday near Weslaco and taken to the McAllen Station, where agents discovered that the boy matched a report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement of a missing unaccompanied autistic teen. The 15-year-old boy was turned over to Mexican government officials to be reunited with his family.  

Agents from the Falfurrias station later said they attempted to pull a vehicle over that was suspected of being involved in an illegal alien smuggling attempt. The two passengers in the vehicle jumped out and fled on foot, but were apprehended by agents. Inside the vehicle agents found a 9 millimeter handgun and ammunition. Due to the subjects' immigration and criminal history, they were referred to the Rio Grande Valley Sector North Prosecutions Office; The vehicle was seized, and the weapon was turned over to the Brooks County Sheriff's Office. 

Finally, agents assigned to the McAllen Station apprehended a man from El Salvador near Mission. During processing, record checks revealed that the subject was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, street gang. Since Oct. 1, 2014, nearly 40 MS-13 gang members have been arrested by agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.