TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an 18th Street gang member from El Salvador along with six migrants from Mexico and Honduras Saturday morning south of Dateland.
Wellton Station agents discovered evidence of foot traffic near the international border south of Dateland Saturday morning.
After an extensive search, agents located seven adults hiding in brush approximately five miles southeast of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Forward Operating Base, Camp Desert Grip. The seven men were from El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.
During processing, agents identified one of the migrants as Santos Sorto-Sorto, a 34-year-old 18th Street gang member from El Salvador. He has multiple felony convictions for possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct out of New Jersey. He stated that he was attempting to travel to Houston, Texas to live and work.
All seven migrants were processed for immigration violations.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.