Gang member arrested in Detroit sent to Mexico

Nicquel Terry Ellis
The Detroit News
Francisco Miranda-Espinoza

Detroit — An illegal immigrant who was an active member of the 18th Street Gang in Detroit was arrested Wednesday by border patrol agents. 

Authorities say they encountered Francisco Miranda-Espinoza at about 11:30 a.m. and took him to the Detroit Border Patrol Station for processing.

Miranda-Espinoza admitted to his gang affiliation and being a Mexican citizen without immigration documents in the United States, according to U.S.Customs and Border Protection. 

Additional record checks also revealed that Miranda-Espinoza had a felony conviction for controlled substance delivery and manufacturing stemming from an arrest by Dearborn police in 2016.

Miranda-Espinoza was then removed from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico due to his aggravated felon status. 

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

The case has been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.