ICE conducts sweeping operation in VA, D.C. area

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 82 people in a five-day operation during the month of March.  The operation was focused on Virginia and the District of Columbia and it ran from March 26 to 30.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the individuals arrested were from 26 different countries.

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement operations focused on criminal aliens,” said Enforcement and Removal Operations’ (ERO) Washington field office director Yvonne Evans. “This week’s operation successfully removed immigration violators with a variety of criminal convictions, ranging from driving under the influence to grand larceny, from our communities.”

Following are details on only a few of those nabbed in the detailed arrest report:

  • On March 26, ERO officers arrested a 50-year-old citizen and national of Somalia in Falls Church, Virginia. He was identified as a second lieutenant in command of the Somalian National Security Service, an organization known for human rights abuses, rape, torture and extrajudicial killings. He also has a felony drug conviction.
  • On March 26, ERO officers arrested a 40-year-old citizen and national of Trinidad and Tobago in Norfolk, Virginia. He has felony drug distribution and firearm possession convictions.
  • On March 28, ERO officers arrested a 45-year-old citizen and national of the Dominican Republic in Chesterfield, Virginia. He has felony convictions for sale of a cocaine and attempted robbery.
  • On March 29, ERO officers arrested a 22-year-old citizen and national of Honduras in Fairfax, Virginia. He has felony convictions for stolen goods and grand larceny.
  • On March 29, ERO officers arrested a 34-year-old citizen and national of El Salvador in Chesterfield for being a documented MS-13 gang member who was previously removed from the United States in 2006.
  • On March 30, ERO officers arrested a 57-year-old citizen and national of Honduras in Richmond, Virginia. She has felony convictions for grand larceny and inflicting corporal injury to spouse.

The report added, “Arrested individuals 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.”

ICE reported in the news release:

The arrestees were citizens and/or nationals of several different countries across the globe, including Algeria, Bolivia, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Trinidad, Vietnam and Sierra Leone.

H/T: Department of Homeland Security 

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