Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested a previously deported member of a violent gang and discovered he has been convicted and incarcerated for multiple felony charges.
Tucson Sector agents patrolling near San Miguel took nine people into custody who were in the U.S. illegally.
During a records check, authorities say 45-year-old Ramon Rodriguez-Aparicio of El Salvador was identified as a MS-13 gang member who has an extensive criminal history in California.
Rodriguez-Aparicio now is in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations and is facing re-entry charges of an aggravated felon.
The MS-13 gang is believed to have been founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants fleeing El Salvador's bloody civil war and has grown into one of the largest street gangs in the U.S.