Two Jamaicans nabbed in immigration and customs sweep in the US
Two Jamaicans were among a number of other Caribbean nationals in a group of some 49 foreigners who were arrested over recent days during a “targeted enforcement operation by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
The sweep that ended on Sunday, was aimed at criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, re-entrants, and other immigration violators, ICE said.
It noted that on May 14, its officers arrested a 40-year-old Jamaican man who was previously deported from the US, in Philadelphia.
The captive was arrested on a bench warrant, and has been charged with presenting false identification to US law enforcement.
ICE said the Jamaican has a conviction for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, for which he was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
It is to be decided whether he will be prosecuted or again deported from the US.
A 27-year-old Jamaican man with a conviction for possession of firearms, was also arrested in Philadelphia.
The other Caribbean nationals who were apprehended are from the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
ICE said 17 of those arrested had criminal convictions; 14 have pending criminal charges; and six had been previously removed from the United States and subsequently illegally re-entered.
Some 14 were said to be immigration fugitives with outstanding final orders of removal issued by a US federal immigration judge; and 14 of those arrested were previously released from Philadelphia County custody despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them.