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10/30/2009

ICE Fugitive Operations Team arrests indicted Mexican national in Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Mexican national, who was indicted in U.S. District Court in Waco, Texas, for conspiracy to commit fraud related to identity documents, was arrested on Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

The ICE Fugitive Operations Team in Memphis, Tenn., received information that Saul Jaimes-Ortiz was suspected of being in the vicinity of Horn Lake, Miss., and that a federal warrant had been issued for his arrest. ICE agents, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested Jaimes at his Horn Lake residence without incident. Jaimes was transported to the Memphis federal court for his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge, after which he was remanded into USMS custody.

"One of the key goals of the Fugitive Operations Program is to help maintain the integrity of the immigration system," said Philip Miller, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations in New Orleans. "Additionally, Fugitive Operations Teams help to improve community safety by actively targeting, arresting and ultimately deporting aliens with criminal backgrounds." Miller oversees a five-state area, which includes: Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

On Oct. 13, Jaimes was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Waco Division) on two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and related activity in connection with identity documents.

ICE agents filed a detainer with the USMS to ensure Jaimes is turned over to federal immigration authorities after he completes his federal criminal proceedings. ICE will then process him for deportation.