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LA enforcement actions part of nation-wide sweep
27 criminal foreign fugitives in nine states, including six from the Los Angeles area, were arrested this week by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The enforcement actions were part of a nationwide sweep to capture fugitives wanted for crimes in their home countries. Those arrested in the Los Angeles area are the subjects of active Interpol alerts seeking their return to their home countries to face justice for their crimes.
Among the six arrests in the Los Angeles area, one individual is wanted for rape of a minor, two for fraud, two for embezzlement and one for bribery. The arrests took place Tuesday through Thursday, and fall squarely into the agency’s every-day enforcement priorities.
“Those who commit crimes in their home countries and then flee to the U.S. will not find safe harbor in the Los Angeles area,” said ICE ERO Los Angeles Field Office Director David Jennings. “Through collaboration with our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Marshals Service and Interpol, and information provided by the countries seeking these fugitives, we are able to remove criminal fugitives from our streets and bring them to justice.”
The ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC) provided critical investigative support for this operation, including criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources. The NCATC provides comprehensive analytical support to aid the at-large enforcement efforts of all ICE components.
ICE credits the combined efforts of the U.S. National Central Bureau—Interpol Washington, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with HSI’s Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the United States.