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Jamaicans nabbed in sweep targeting criminal immigrants

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations said several Jamaicans were arrested in a Pennsylvania operation that targeted criminal immigrants.

The number of Jamaicans arrested was not disclosed, however, ICE said all of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States, or fell within ICE's enforcement priorities for deportation.

Convictions include corruption of a minor, child pornography offences, indecent assault, robbery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, cocaine and heroin possession, and felony fraud.

In addition to the Jamaicans, nationals of Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Liberia, Honduras, Brazil, Ghana, India, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia and Germany were also arrested.

Among the summaries of some of immigrants arrested is a 39-year-old Jamaican national with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

ICE said he was arrested on May 6 at a Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody and remains in custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE said it conducted 235,413 deportations nationwide.

It said 91 per cent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offence.