TUCSON, Ariz. — Border Patrol officials say agents from the Nogales and Tucson stations have arrested two previously deported MS-13 gang members.

They say agents arrested 31-year-old Eugenio Franco of Mexico shortly after he illegally crossed the U.S. border west of Nogales last Saturday.

On Monday morning, Tucson Station agents arrested 41-year-old Julio Santos of El Salvador after he entered the country illegally through the desert near Arivaca.

Federal authorities say both men have extensive criminal histories and now face prosecution for re-entering the U.S. following deportation.

They say 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.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.