BROCKTON--During a two-day targeted enforcement operation in the Lawrence and Methuen area, officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's or ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 13 convicted criminal aliens with 11 originally from the Dominican Republic.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said in a prepared statement released Tuesday "Operation Threats Against the Community" began on April 26 and culminated in the 13 arrests.
All 13 taken into custody had prior criminal convictions. Additionally, 11 had multiple criminal convictions. Many of the criminal aliens taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent offenses including: possession of an illegal firearm, assault, assault and battery on a police officer, possessing and selling dangerous drugs, and drunk driving.
"When we focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens we get an immediate payback in our communities. Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers--along with our state and local law enforcement partners— there are 13 fewer criminal aliens in our neighborhoods in Massachusetts," said Vincent Archibeque, deputy field office director of ERO Boston.
The arrests took place in Lawrence and Methuen and included members of the police departments in those communities.
Members of the State Police, Essex County Sheriff's Office, Massachusetts Probation Service and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations assisted over 25 ERO officers with the operation.
Of those arrested, all 13 were men and nationals of the following countries: one from Guatemala, one from Peru and eleven from the Dominican Republic. All were between 23 and 51 years old.
All 13 were arrested administratively for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the U.S.
Some of those arrested during this operation include:
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