In a 10-day operation that was aimed at targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives, ICE made 98 arrests in North Texas and Oklahoma, including several in the Texas Panhandle ranging in age from 19 to 62 years old.
Officers made nine arrests in Lubbock during the operation, four in Perryton, two in Pampa, two in Amarillo, two in Plainview, one in Wichita Falls and dozens more throughout the two states.
Officials reported that those arrested are from Honduras, Mexico, Marshall Islands, El Salvador, Peru and Pakistan.
Of the 98 arrested, 87 men and 11 women were arrested – 67 of which had criminal convictions that included the following crimes: alien smuggling, assault, burglary, dangerous drugs, discharge of a firearm, domestic violence, driving under the influence, drug trafficking, fraud, illegal entry, hit & run, homicide, larceny, lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, marijuana possession, possessing a weapon, probation violation, resisting officer, sex assault, sex offense, sex offense against a child, traffic offense and trespassing.
Five confirmed and documented gang members were also arrested.
“By removing criminal aliens from the streets during this North Texas and Oklahoma operation, our ICE officers provide a valuable community service by enhancing public safety,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director of ERO Dallas. “These ongoing daily operations also help maintain the integrity of our immigration laws.”
Twenty-nine of those arrested illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony. If convicted, they can be punished by up to 20 years in federal prison. Five of those arrested were accepted for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, according to ICE.gov.
The following are criminal summaries of four offenders arrested in North Texas and Oklahoma during this operation:
- Sept. 12 – ICE officers arrested a previously deported Mexican man who was convicted of illegal entry, and reckless injury to a child body injury. He also currently has two active warrants for aggravated sexual assault of a child. ICE officers turned him over to the Kaufman County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office; ICE placed an immigration detainer on him.
- Sept. 14 – ICE arrested a Salvadoran citizen, who has an outstanding Interpol warrant out of El Salvador for extortion. He is also a confirmed and documented MS-13 gang member. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal.
- Sept. 19 – ICE officers arrested a 28-year-old man from El Salvador who has an active Interpol warrant naming him as the leader of an MS-13 clique. He has warrants in El Salvador for acts of terrorism related to homicide, extortion and drug crimes. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal proceedings.
- Sept. 20 – ICE officers arrested a previously deported man from Mexico who is a confirmed and documented gang member. He remains in ICE custody pending his removal proceedings.
All of the people who were arrested in this operation are susceptible to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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