82 arrested in Utah ICE operation targeting convicted criminals

A seven-day enforcement action throughout Utah ended Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) targeting potentially deportable criminal aliens resulting in 82 arrests.

ERO officers made arrests in the following 22 Utah cities: Salt Lake City (26), West Valley City (17), Ogden (7), Kearns (4), Clearfield (3), Magna (3), Midvale (3), West Jordan (3), Cedar City (2), Orem (2), Bountiful (1), Clinton (1), Ivan (1), Layton (1), Payson (1), Pleasant Grove (1), Provo (1), Saint George (1), Sandy (1), Spanish Fork (1), Taylorsville (1) and Washington (1).

All of the foreign nationals targeted by ICE ERO officers during this week’s enforcement action had prior criminal convictions. Those arrested had criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: driving under the influence (DUI), burglary, resisting officer, making a false report, hit and run, obstructing a police officer, forgery, damage property, cocaine possession, assault, shoplifting, narcotic equipment possession, simple assault, amphetamine possession, dangerous drugs (heroin), carrying a concealed weapon, and controlled substance distribution.

The statewide Utah operation began Jan. 30 and concluded Feb. 5. Those arrested include foreign nationals from six countries — Mexico (74), Honduras (3), Peru (2), El Salvador (1), Guatemala (1) and Samoa (1). Following are criminal summaries of six of those arrested during this operation:

•A 52-year-old man from Mexico was arrested by ERO officers in West Valley City Jan. 30. He had been convicted of the following felonies: aggravated assault (weapon), carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, two DUIs, and assault by a prisoner. He remains in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings.

•A 36-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in Salt Lake City Feb. 5. He had been convicted of the following felonies: re-entry of a deported alien, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He remains in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings.

•A 46 year-old man from Mexico was arrested by ERO officers in Salt Lake City Feb 5. He had been convicted of illegally possessing big game, a class B misdemeanor. At the time of his arrest by ERO officers, he illegally possessed a fully loaded 9mm handgun. The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted him for prosecution for re-entry of a deported alien and illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

•A 24-year old man from Honduras was arrested by ERO officers in Salt Lake City Feb 1. He had been convicted of re-entry of a deported alien, improper entry by an alien, and transport/sell narcotic/controlled substance. He was turned over to local authorities based on an active warrant; ICE lodged an immigration detainer.

•A 57-year old man from Mexico was arrested by ERO officers in Salt Lake City Feb 3. He had been convicted of the following misdemeanor crimes: two DUIs and intoxication. He was turned over to local authorities on an active warrant; ICE lodged an immigration detainer.

•A 20-year old man from Mexico who had been previously removed was arrested by ERO officers in Salt Lake City Feb 5. At the time of his arrest by ERO officers, he possessed a fully loaded 9mm handgun and a fully loaded .22-caliber rifle. The U.S. Attorney’s Office accepted him for prosecution for re-entry of a deported alien and illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

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