U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers recently arrested 102 individuals throughout Nevada. It happened during a 6-day targeted enforcement operation that ended on Sept. 27. The operation targeted criminal aliens and other immigration violators.
The majority of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation, which included the entire state of Nevada, had prior criminal convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as assault, battery, domestic violence, DUI, weapons charges and drug violations, among others.
“This operation reflects ICE’s continued effort to uphold public safety by focusing on removing criminal aliens,” said Robert Culley, field office director for ERO Salt Lake City, which covers the states of Idaho, Nevada, Montana, and Utah. “These operations highlight ICE’s vital role in keeping our communities safe.”
The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted ERO deportation officers in the targeted enforcement operation.
Among those arrested during the operation were:
• A 39-year-old illegally present male citizen of Mexico was arrested in Las Vegas, Sept. 25. He has previous convictions for possession of controlled substance with intent to sell and sale of controlled substance. He also faces federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
• A 41-year-old illegally present female citizen of Mexico was arrested in Las Vegas, Sept. 24. She has a previous felony conviction for transport/sell of a controlled substance and a conviction for driving under the influence. She was previously removed to Mexico on one occasion and will remain in ICE custody pending her removal from the United States.
• A 58-year-old illegally present male citizen of China was arrested in Las Vegas, Sept. 24. He has an active INTERPOL want for embezzlement related charges in China. He was placed in removal proceedings and is pending a court date with the Immigration Judge.
• A 44-year-old illegally present male citizen of Mexico was arrested in Sparks, Sept. 24. He has previous convictions and arrests for transport/sell of a controlled substance; illegal entry; driving under the influence; and possession of controlled substance. He will remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the United States.
The vast majority of arrestees (96 males and 6 females) included nationals from 8 countries including Bahamas, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines and the United Kingdom.
Of the five Nevada counties where arrests occurred, Clark County accounted for the largest number of apprehensions with a total of 67, followed by Washoe County with 24, Elko County with 7, Humboldt County with 2, and Carson City County with 2.
The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States.