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18th Street Gang Member Arrested In Detroit

June 30, 2018 - 12:50 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Authorities say an active member of the 18th Street Gang was arrested in Detroit this week. 

Just before noon Wednesday, Border Patrol agents patrolling in Detroit encountered Francisco Miranda-Espinoza, who admitted to being a Mexican citizen and not possessing U.S.-issued immigration documents allowing him to be or remain in the United States. 

During processing at the Detroit Border Patrol Station, authorities say Miranda admitted to his gang affiliation. In addition, record checks revealed that he had been convicted of a felony for controlled substance delivery and manufacture after an arrest by the Dearborn Heights Police Department in 2016. Following his conviction, he was removed to Mexico as an aggravated felon. 

“This arrest takes a dangerous individual off the streets of Detroit,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement. “Every time we remove a criminal alien from the country, we are making our communities safer.” 

Border Patrol has submitted the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for charges, including unlawful reentry after removal of an aggravated felon.