Debate erupts over memoir by former Border Patrol agent

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2010 file photo a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent drives along the international border fence near Nogales, Ariz. Francisco Cantu said he joined the Border Patrol at age 23 to get an on-the-ground education in international relations. Now 32, he says he didn't expect his new memoir examining some of the agency's uglier aspects would spark protests by far-left groups denouncing him for the work and forcing him to cancel some talks promoting the book. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Matt York

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Border Patrol says its agents in southern Arizona have arrested a Guatemalan man with a criminal gang history in California.

The agency said Monday the arrest of 30-year-old Mario Charles-Pablo was made Saturday night outside the Arizona community of Vamori, close to the U.S.-Mexico border. He was among three Guatemalans in a group taken into custody for immigration violations.

Agents using biometrics discovered Charles was a member of the Sureno gang. All people arrested by the Border Patrol undergo checks with biometrics to ensure everyone with a criminal history in the United States is identified.

The patrol early this month reported the arrest of a 23-year-old Salvadoran named Gerson Sanchez-Benitez, believed to belong to the hyper-violent MS-13 street gang, or Mara Salvatrucha.