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Jamaicans among 69 convicted criminals arrested in New Jersey sweep

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 2:12 PM

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) agency says Jamaicans are among 69 convicted criminals arrested during a three-day targeted enforcement effort in New Jersey.

The ICE says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested the immigrants in a sweep of major New Jersey cities, such as Lakewood, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton, Cherry Hill, Paterson, Secaucus and Elizabeth.

The ICE has not identified the people who have been arrested.

However, it has listed some as coming from various countries in the Caribbean, including Jamaica.

Others were from South and Central America, Europe, South Korea, the Phillipines and Afghanistan.

Of the 69 people taken into custody, the ICE says 51 met the agency’s highest priority level due to felony convictions or participation in a criminal street gang.

Eighteen of them met the second level of priorities for enforcement due to serious or multiple misdemeanor convictions.

It says many of the criminals taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent offenses, including child sexual assault, child abuse, aggravated assault, battery, driving under the influence, weapons and significant drug possession or distribution convictions.

They are all being held in custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States.