36 arrested in San Antonio during ICE round-up of criminal immigrants
SAN ANTONIO - Federal authorities announced the arrests of more than 100 illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions across Central and South Texas. Of the arrests, three dozen were carried out in San Antonio.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said 123 wanted fugitives were arrested as part of an 8-day operation; Of those, 115 were men and eight were women.
Along with the 36 arrested in San Antonio, 13 were picked up in Austin, 27 in Laredo and 44 in Harlingen.
ICE offered criminal summaries for who they described as the four worst offenders:
- A 46-year-old Mexican man was arrested July 11 in Harlingen by ERO officers. He was convicted of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. He was also removed six times to Mexico; he has three resultant federal convictions for illegal re-entry after deportation. He is again being federally prosecuted for illegal re-entry. He remains in U.S. Marshals’ custody pending the outcome of his criminal case.
- A 41-year-old Mexican man twice convicted of assault-family violence, convicted of assault-bodily injury, and recently arrested for possessing a controlled substance was arrested July 11 by ERO officers in Austin. He is in ICE custody pending a removal hearing.
- A 51-year-old Mexican man convicted of heroin possession was arrested by ICE officers July 12 in Laredo. He was previously deported and was federally convicted four times for illegal re-entry after deportation. He is in ICE custody pending his removal.
- A 39-year-old Mexican man was arrested July 12 in San Antonio by ERO officers. He was convicted of two counts of lewd act on a child and one count of impregnating a minor; he was twice deported, and was convicted for illegal re-entry after deportation. He is again being federally prosecuted for illegal re-entry. He remains in U.S. Marshals’ custody pending the outcome of his criminal case.
“This operation was focused on targeting immigration fugitives and criminal aliens,” said Daniel Bible, field office director of ERO San Antonio. “Public safety remains a top priory for ICE. This was a focused eight-day enforcement operation over a large area, but we routinely conduct operations daily.”