December 26, 2016 | 10:30 PM

ICE arrests 74 in 2-state enforcement operation targeting convicted criminals

December 26, 2016 | 10:30 PM
BREAKING NEWS, Gangs, Guns, Illegal Immigration, Violent Crime December 26, 2016

DETROIT – Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 74 individuals during a two-state operation that concluded Dec. 8, targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in Michigan and Ohio.

During the 11-day enforcement action, ERO officers apprehended 71 aliens with criminal convictions. The remaining three fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities as recent immigration violators. Those arrested had criminal histories with past convictions for drug trafficking, DUI, weapons violations, fraud, domestic violence, burglary and other serious criminal offenses. Four of those taken into custody were criminal aliens who now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

“Targeted immigration enforcement operations like this one highlight ICE’s ongoing commitment to strategically use agency resources to make communities safer,” said Rebecca Adducci, field office director for ERO Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “These actions focus our resources on the most egregious offenders and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work.”

Among those arrested were:

An 18-year-old Ukrainian man with prior convictions for heroin and fentanyl possession and burglary. He was arrested in Cleveland, Dec. 1, and will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.

A 26-year-old Guatemalan man with two prior removals from the United States and prior convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in public, assault with a dangerous weapon, money laundering, obstruction of public officer, and participation in a criminal street gang. He was arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dec. 7, and will remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States.

A 25-year-old Burmese man with prior convictions for possession of criminal tools, aggravated possession of drugs, and possession of a defaced firearm. He was arrested in Akron, Ohio, Dec. 6, and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

The foreign nationals arrested during the operation include citizens of 18 countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, Bosnia, Burma, Honduras, Ecuador, Bhutan, El Salvador, Jamaica, Iraq, Venezuela, Jordan, Ukraine, Pakistan, Lebanon, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Those who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. The arrestees who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

#breaking now

  • [BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY]

    As giant ice cracks spread around it, an Antarctic research station is forced to close for winter

    The Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica, positioned on a floating ice shelf jutting into the Weddell Sea, will…

    Breaking News

    Gambia’s Jammeh imposes state of emergency

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a 90-day state of emergency two days before he’s supposed hand over power to…

    [Photo source: WCYB]

    A boy was sexually abused in a janitor’s closet. Is the school responsible?

    Bobby Gobble was a janitor at Lebanon Elementary School when he began luring a boy to the custodian’s office…

    C2ZcObXXAAAZAW4

    LIVE VIDEO: Trump Accuser Holds Press Conference

    Gloria Allred holds a press conference where a woman is suing Trump for sexually inappropriate contact

    Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen w CREDIT

    Wife of Orlando shooter ‘would have run away’ had she known her husband’s plan, uncle says

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, “would have run away” had she…

    [FOX NEWS]

    More than 50 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump’s inauguration | FULL LIST

    A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday to protest what they described as…

    16003213_10154342094217106_4800527084803592187_n

    Columbus Zoo Announces the Death of Colo, World’s Oldest Zoo Gorilla

    Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo and the matriarch of the Columbus Zoo’s famous gorilla family died…

    Trump rally w CREDIT

    Trump in for ‘raw’ conditions when he takes the oath of office

    It’s going to rain on Donald Trump’s parade. About the time Trump raises his right hand Friday at noon…