ICE Busts 58 While Targeting Suspected Drug Dealers

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detained 58 undocumented immigrants in a five-day period, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The suspects who were arrested had previous criminal charges and convictions including murder, aggravated identity theft, assault, attempted assault, cocaine possession, etc.

58 individuals arrested by ICE’s ERO for violating U.S. immigration laws:

  • 30 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses
  • 33 have criminal charges pending
  • 15 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody, correctional facilities  and/or court custody with an active detainer
  • 9 were referred for criminal prosecution to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Office in the jurisdiction; one is being referred to the U.S. Marshals for failure to register as a sex offender as required by federal law
  • 9 of those arrested had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally
  • 4 had active Interpol Red Notices

Boston Herald:

ICE agents have detained more than 50 illegal immigrants in raids in the last two days targeting suspected drug dealers — many of whom had been freed by local judges or jails, the Herald has learned.

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The busts were carried out in East Boston, Dorchester, Lawrence, the Worcester area, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, according to a law enforcement official who told the Herald the focus of the operation was combating the region’s deadly opiate epidemic.

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The detainees include three illegal immigrants from Brazil who are wanted there for murder, the official said.

“The target was fentanyl, heroin and cocaine dealers and the illegal immigrants doing it,” the law enforcement official said, adding details of the sweep are due to be made public Thursday.

Boston-based Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams joined others from all over New England in a continuation of this fall’s Operation Law and Order. The earlier sweep netted 50 suspected illegal immigrant drug dealers and resulted in the seizure of enough fentanyl to “kill half the state,” one top official said at the time.

This week’s raids included some with drug convictions or pending drug cases, the official said, with many eligible for deportation. The official said that in many of the cases, the illegal immigrant drug suspects had been allowed to go free by local judges and jails despite active ICE detainers. More

Sanctuary areas were targeted. 

Arrests include:

•In Lynn, Massachusetts, a 67-year-old national of Brazil who is wanted in Brazil for aggravated murder was arrested.

•In Putnam, Connecticut, a 59-year old national of Brazil who is wanted for murder in Brazil, a crime alleged to have been committed by casting a net over the victim and stabbing the victim 20 times, was arrested.

•In Methuen, Massachusetts, a 23- year old national of the Dominican Republic who had assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen with prior convictions for drug trafficking, identity theft, and resisting arrest, who is facing current pending drug trafficking charges.

•In Brockton, Massachusetts, a 41-year old national of France with previous convictions for cocaine possession and multiple instances of assault and battery whose history also includes 30 adult arrangements with arrests for kidnapping, assault, and battery with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and other felony charges.

•In Windham, New Hampshire, a 44-year-old national of Brazil wanted in Brazil for smuggling/embezzlement of firearms who had assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, was arrested.

•In Hyannis, Massachusetts, a 41-year old Jamaican national convicted of possession of 28-100 grams of cocaine was arrested.

•In Dorchester, Massachusetts, a 40 year old national of the Dominican Republic with convictions for cocaine trafficking and money laundering was arrested.

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