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Mara gang member arraigned after attempt to enter Brownsville
The Brownsville Herald ^ | Dec. 8, 2004 | SERGIO CHAPA

Posted on 12/08/2004 1:51:02 AM PST by Marine Inspector

A member of the notorious Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha was arraigned Tuesday in federal court for attempting to illegally cross into Brownsville last week.

According to Border Patrol records, Francky Sanchez-Solorzano, 21, was arrested by Border Patrol on Thursday night as he and 13 others crossed the Rio Grande into Texas east of the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates.

“Across the (McAllen) sector, he is the fourth or fifth (Mara) we have caught in the last several years,” said Senior Border Patrol agent Daniel Doty, adding that many others in the group were classified as “other than Mexican.”

Sanchez-Solorzano — from San Pedro Sula, Honduras — told Border Patrol agents he was headed to Miami and paid a Mexican smuggler 1,000 pesos to cross the river.

It is unknown why Sanchez-Solorzano was headed to Miami, but U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, said intelligence sources reported a meeting between the Maras and al-Qaida as recently as six months ago. Ortiz called the Central American gang “dangerous” and said they have cells in major cities across the United States.

“I would like to compliment the Border Patrol,” Ortiz said of Sanchez-Solorzano’s capture. “This is very significant.”

Sanchez-Solorzano was arraigned Tuesday morning by U.S. Magistrate Judge John William Black, who gave him time served on a charge of illegal entry.

Doty said Sanchez-Solorzano — whose affiliation with the Maras became known through the gang’s distinctive tattoos — will be deported and returned to Honduras.

Sgt. Dionicio Cortez, a gang investigator with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department, described Mara Salvatrucha members as “very deadly” and “ruthless.”

The gang is involved in illegal money-making activities such as drug smuggling, human trafficking and murder for hire, he said.

Cortez said the gang started more than 20 years ago in the streets of Los Angeles, but is now-based in Central American nations of El Salvador and Honduras with members ages 11-40.

“Many from the older generation were guerrillas in the civil war of (El Salvador),” he said.

Cortez said another Maras member from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, remains in county jail after being arrested in October for auto theft in San Benito.

“They’re not here to take over the gangs here because there are too many for them to handle,” said Cortez, who noted the gang uses the Rio Grande Valley as a transit point to other destinations.

Ortiz’s spokeswoman Cathy Travis said the House and Senate are hearing a bill that would increase funds to increase border security to combat terrorism and organized crime.

schapa@brownsvilleherald.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; alqaida; elsalvador; gangs; honduras; immigrantlist; immigration; latinamerica; maras; ms13; texas

1 posted on 12/08/2004 1:51:02 AM PST by Marine Inspector
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To: gubamyster

Ping


2 posted on 12/08/2004 1:51:23 AM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: Marine Inspector; MeekOneGOP

BTTT


3 posted on 12/08/2004 1:54:45 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix; Marine Inspector; Happy2BMe; devolve; PhilDragoo; potlatch; yall

It is unknown why Sanchez-Solorzano was headed to Miami, but U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, said intelligence sources reported a meeting between the Maras and al-Qaida as recently as six months ago. Ortiz called the Central American gang “dangerous” and said they have cells in major cities across the United States.

“I would like to compliment the Border Patrol,” Ortiz said of Sanchez-Solorzano’s capture. “This is very significant.”

Sanchez-Solorzano was arraigned Tuesday morning by U.S. Magistrate Judge John William Black, who gave him time served on a charge of illegal entry.

Doty said Sanchez-Solorzano — whose affiliation with the Maras became known through the gang’s distinctive tattoos — will be deported and returned to Honduras.

Huh?

Time out here. This thug was KNOWN to have had a meeting with al-Qaeda and their only intention is to DEPORT him?

I'm hoping this is just bad REPORTING here. Man.


4 posted on 12/08/2004 2:10:53 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
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To: Marine Inspector

It does'nt take much to imagine who else has come in here already.....


5 posted on 12/08/2004 2:23:15 AM PST by Route101
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To: MeekOneGOP
This whole immigration thing is pure INSANITY. I had the same reaction when I read the incredible fact that the Judge sentenced this menace to time served and that they would return him to Honduras. Once released he will undoubtedly make another, successful, attempt at illegally entering. A Damned Mess!
6 posted on 12/08/2004 2:30:22 AM PST by drt1
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To: StillProud2BeFree; Calpernia; Velveeta; Revel

Ping


7 posted on 12/08/2004 4:21:46 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Today, please pray for God's miracle, we are not going to make it without him.)
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To: Marine Inspector

William Lind (if I can even mention his name here) wrote recently that the LA county sheriffs dept. has been studying Fourth Generation warfare theory on account of these immigrant gangs. But now with the Ninth circuit this chump can appeal his deprotation seemingly forever.


8 posted on 12/08/2004 4:46:07 AM PST by junta (junta, "is one uppity cracker")
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To: MeekOneGOP

BTT


9 posted on 12/08/2004 4:59:13 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: Marine Inspector

Relax, just a guest worker. Hopefully the rest of his buddies don't get with the "program". NO AMNESTY!!!


10 posted on 12/08/2004 5:10:56 AM PST by infowars_victory (Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me.)
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To: infowars_victory

We have a war on terror, a war on drugs, and this man gets released for time served. Surely incidents such as this get passed up the intelligence chain of command. This has to be approved at the highest levels of our government. Has our new AG, Alberto Gonzalez placed his stamp of La Raza approval on this? We are being dismantled as a functioning national government in order to establish a New World Order by the powers that be.


11 posted on 12/08/2004 5:50:22 AM PST by meenie
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To: nw_arizona_granny

He was released??!!??
Oh, brother.


12 posted on 12/08/2004 7:00:12 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: meenie

Silencio! says Alberto

Great to see someone with their eyes open to the NWO. Strengthen our borders, strengthen our republic.


13 posted on 12/08/2004 8:31:58 AM PST by infowars_victory (Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me.)
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To: Marine Inspector

People who talk about 'increasing border security' simply have never been to the border. I used to hunt whitewing doves on a tract in the valley that lay on the Rio Grande.

Kids from Mexico waded across to act as 'bird finders' when the birds went down in the brush or weeds. The river is simply no barrier to crossing along most of the border.


14 posted on 12/08/2004 9:19:30 AM PST by wildbill
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


15 posted on 12/08/2004 9:24:40 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: MeekOneGOP

"This thug was KNOWN to have had a meeting with al-Qaeda and their only intention is to DEPORT him?"

That is why we need border/immigration reform!

Last night Jim Sensenbrenner, when asked why the Senate and White House would not consider the provisions for immigration...which the House passed in HB10 by 68%, said:

"Because they were unilling to stand up to the illegal alien lobby."

Those big money donors for MALDEF (Soros, Ford Foundation, AARP, etc), can be found at:
http://ccir.net/REFERENCE/MALDEF-2002-2003.html


16 posted on 12/08/2004 9:36:08 AM PST by AuntB (Every person who enters the U.S. illegally--from anywhere--increases the likelihood of another 9/11)
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To: Grampa Dave; FITZ; dennisw; ladyinred

Illegal immigration-Al Queda link.


17 posted on 12/08/2004 9:37:40 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee; Howlin; Dane
Illegal immigration-AlQueda link.

Are you sure you want to mention this? I think some people aren't going to like this.

18 posted on 12/08/2004 9:56:10 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: Travis McGee; Once-Ler

Just want to make sure all these OBLs see this.


19 posted on 12/08/2004 10:01:18 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: Marine Inspector
Just curious, was this mentioned before the vote on intelligence? I didn't hear about this locally, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't on the news locally.
20 posted on 12/08/2004 10:08:57 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: texastoo

Stop pinging me, you dimwit.


21 posted on 12/08/2004 10:12:05 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Travis McGee

See post #21. I think I was right.LOLOLOL


22 posted on 12/08/2004 10:19:58 AM PST by texastoo (a "has-been" Republican)
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To: Marine Inspector; backhoe; piasa; All
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23 posted on 12/08/2004 1:13:09 PM PST by Cindy
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To: texastoo; Travis McGee; All

NEW POLL UP:
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/
Do you support legislation that would secure our borders and reform immigration law?

Yes 95% 937 votes

No 5% 51 votes

Total: 988 votes


24 posted on 12/08/2004 4:25:46 PM PST by AuntB (Every person who enters the U.S. illegally--from anywhere--increases the likelihood of another 9/11)
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To: texastoo
Just curious, was this mentioned before the vote on intelligence?

I doubt it.

25 posted on 12/08/2004 6:02:14 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Customs & Border Protection Officer)
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To: Marine Inspector

More on that El Salvador gang coming up over the borders:

Central American gang may have presence in EP

The Mara Salvatrucha -- a large, ruthless Central American street gang linked to a recent bus massacre in Honduras whose members have been popping up along the Texas-Mexico border -- may be making its way to El Paso, police said.

El Paso police had their first confirmed encounter with the Mara Salvatrucha on Aug. 15, when officers responding to an assault call in a Downtown parking lot discovered a tattooed member of the gang armed with a machete.

In May, Mara members armed with machetes cut four fingers off a rival gang member in northern Virginia, which has seen a wave of violence linked to the gang, the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this month, Mexico's top organized crime prosecutor, Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, said gang members, known as mareros, were being hired as low-level gunmen for the Juárez-based Carrillo Fuentes cartel. Several men with the Mara Salvatrucha's distinctive tattoos were killed in recent months in Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo in apparent drug-related killings, the Associated Press reported.

"The drug traffickers hire them as killers, but without making them formally part of their organizations," Santiago Vasconcelos told the Associated Press. "It's a way of using their violent behavior in favor of drug trafficking."

U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, whose district covers the lower Rio Grande Valley, said there was an added concern about the gang's presence along the border.

"We know from El Salvadoran law enforcement that al-Qaida is meeting with violent gang leaders in El Salvador," Ortiz said in a Sept. 2 news release.

Whether linked to Middle Eastern terrorism or not, the gang plague is considered a national security threat by authorities in Honduras and El Salvador and a potential threat to Mexico.

"They are in an area where they don't have much of a future and, unfortunately, they've gone into a gang mode," Werge said.

http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20050103-7469.shtml


26 posted on 01/03/2005 9:39:39 PM PST by FITZ
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