More than 60 arrested in Nevada ICE operation; 25 arrests made in Reno

More than 60 arrested in Nevada ICE operation; 25 arrests made in Reno. (MGN Online)

A previously deported Mexican national with a prior conviction for armed robbery is among the 61 foreign nationals arrested during a five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week in Nevada targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives.

Officials say Reno accounted for the largest number of arrests during the operation with 25 taken into custody, but ERO personnel conducted enforcement actions in a total of 11 communities.

Of those arrested during the enforcement action, which concluded Friday, 55 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence. In addition to the convicted armed robber, the group included:

• A Salvadorian national with a final order of removal arrested in Reno who has prior convictions for assault, battery, drug possession, and spousal battery; and

• An Iranian national felon arrested in Carson City whose criminal record includes a prior conviction for drug trafficking.

The most criminal convictions came on DUI arrests (18). The other convictions with more than three arrests were drug offenses (8) and fraud/identity theft (7).

The operation, conducted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), targeted criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges.

Some of the individuals arrested during last week’s enforcement action will be presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Those not being criminally prosecuted will be processed for removal from the country. 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.

Last week’s arrestees (54 men and seven women) included nationals from six countries, including: Mexico (45); Guatemala (6); El Salvador (3); Samoa (2); Armenia (1); Cuba (1); Honduras (1); Iran (1); and Italy (1).

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