U.S. Border Patrol agents from Calexico, California station apprehend another dangerous 18th Street gang member attempting an illegal entry into the United States, two gang members in just the last three days.
At about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Border Patrol agents observed a 34-year-old male and Mexican national identified as Jessie Ruelas-Ruiz, cross into the United States illegally from Mexico. Agents arrested Ruelas without incident; he was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station, where it was revealed he was an active member of the “18th Street” criminal street gang out of Los Angeles, Calif., and has immigration and a criminal record.
Ruelas is in Border Patrol custody and will be presented for prosecution for re-entry after being previously removed from the United States.
18th Street gang is a multi-ethnic transnational criminal organization that started as a street gang in Los Angeles, California. The FBI has documented close to 65,000 active gang members and they are active in 120 cities in 37 U.S. states. 18th Street colors are blue and black; blue is to represent Surenos and used to pay tribute to The Mexican Mafia, and black is to represent the original color for the gang and are occasionally referred to as the "Children's Army" because of its recruitment of elementary and middle-school aged youth. They are recognized as one of the most violent and prolific street gangs in the United States.