JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Buckrail has learned more about the ICE sting last weekend. The arrests by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement made in Jackson last weekend were part of a larger operation across Colorado and Wyoming targeting criminal aliens, illegal reentrants, and immigration fugitives.
According to information from ICE, 26 total arrests were made between March 31 and April 3—five of those in Jackson, the rest in Colorado. Those arrested were all males ranging in age from 18 to 56 years old.
The agency added that all the foreign nationals targeted during this enforcement action had prior convictions. The majority of those picked up had criminal histories including convictions for dangerous drugs, domestic violence, driving under the influence (DUI), drug possession, illegal entry, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, selling heroin, sex offenses, and sex offense against a child. Eleven of the 26 arrested had DUI convictions.
Those arrested included foreign nationals from five countries: Mexico (18), Honduras (4), and El Salvador (2), Costa Rica (1) and Indonesia (1). ICE provided details on a few of the suspects, leaving out their names.
- On April 1, 2017, a 21-year-old citizen and national of Mexico was arrested in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, by Denver Fugitive Operation Team Members. On March 31, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for him for illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation. In September 2008 he was convicted of misdemeanor interference with a peace officer and sentenced to 365 days incarceration and one year probation. Also in September 2008, he was convicted of Misdemeanor Battery of a Household member and sentenced to 180 days incarceration and one year probation. He will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service awaiting federal charges for illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation. After those federal charges are fully adjudicated, he will be turned over to ICE custody and deported to Mexico.
- On April 3, 2017, a 23-year-old citizen of Mexico was arrested by ICE officers. In October 2016, he was convicted of felony five stalking-emotional distress, and misdemeanor three harassment-telephone-threat/obscene, and was sentenced to two years of probation on both convictions. Also in October 2016, he was convicted of reckless driving and sentenced to two years’ probation. He overstayed the conditions of his Visitor Visa issued in April 2000. He is currently in ICE custody pending his removal.
According to additional information provided by ICE, all of the targets in this operation were amenable to arrest and removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act. In fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide. Ninety-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a crime.
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