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ICE assists Bay County Sheriff in warrants operation targeting criminal aliens

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents assisted Bay County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) deputies in a two-day enforcement operation targeting criminal aliens that resulted in 15 arrests.

On Wednesday, BCSO deputies and ICE special agents in Panama City arrested five individuals in the Palm Cove neighborhood in Panama City Beach including Nicole Charbonneau, 19, on charges of possession of a suspended driver's license; Phabian Marqui Rhoe, 20, on charges of failure to appear on charges for domestic battery and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Jose Rogue-Olea, 21, a Mexican national, on charges of criminal use of personal identification information. Arrested administratively for being in violation of U.S. immigration law were Rodrigo Vincente-Aquino, 43, a Mexican national, and Roberto Enriquez Guiterrez, 49, a Colombian national. ICE special agents placed an immigration detainer on Rogue-Olea. Vincente-Aquino is in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. Enriquez Guiterrez was processed and released with a notice to appear in immigration court.

Arrested on Thursday in the Lynn Haven neighborhood in Panama City on state criminal charges were Eric Allen Elkins, 28, on a warrant for misrepresenting his medical condition to obtain prescription drugs; Jerry Deneal Finley, 24, on charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession; and Caprice Lashawn Griffin, 24, on charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. ICE special agents administratively arrested Bertoido Diaz-Zuniga and Luis Alberto Berrios-Mejia, both 23-year-old Honduran nationals, for being in violation of U.S. immigration law. Both are being detained pending immigration removal proceedings.

Five Bay County School District cleaning staff employees were arrested on charges of criminal use of personal identification information. Employed by Riteway Services Incorporated, the arrested individuals include Filemon Cruz-Lopez, 25, aka Florencio Hernandez; Angelica Lopez-Lara, 32; Antonio Cruz-Guzman, 40; Carlos Velazquez-Lara, 23, and Cristino Lara-Blanco, 38, all Mexican nationals of Lynn Haven. These individuals presented fraudulent identification information to the school district to get employment clearance. Immigration detainers were placed on all five individuals, who were identified as being illegally present in the United States.