ICE arrests man in Suffolk

Published 10:22 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A man was arrested in Suffolk recently during a five-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Officers arrested 82 individuals from 26 different countries during the operation, which lasted from March 26-30.

Among those arrested was a 35-year-old citizen and national of Guatemala, who was arrested in Suffolk. He has a conviction for driving under the influence, according to a press release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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No more information on the man was available to the public, said Carissa Cutrell, public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Individuals arrested on civil immigration violations are afforded certain privacy protections, she stated in an email.

In all, 82 individuals were arrested in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Of those, 68 had previous criminal convictions for crimes like armed robbery, larceny and drug distribution, according to the press release. Of the remaining 14, two had ties to the MS-13 street gang; two had outstanding final orders of removal; three had overstayed their visas; one was wanted by a foreign law enforcement entity; one was a verified human rights violator; and two had pending local charges. The remainder had unlawfully entered the United States in violation of U.S. immigration laws, according to the press release.

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement operations focused on criminal aliens,” ERO Washington Field Office Director Yvonne Evans stated in the press release. “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.”

The arrestees were citizens or nationals of several countries, 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.

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. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.