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July 3, 2023Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston apprehends Cape Verde citizen accused of manslaughter, firearms charges

BOSTON — On June 27, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston arrested a 21-year-old Cape Verde national charged with manslaughter and firearms charges in Plymouth. Deportation officers from ERO Boston’s Special Response Team (SRT) apprehended him outside of his residence in Fall River.

“Through his actions and disdain for Massachusetts firearms laws, this undocumented noncitizen has proven to be a danger to society,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “We cannot allow noncitizens with a disregard for American laws to prey upon the residents of our New England neighborhoods. ERO Boston will continue to enforce our nation’s immigration laws in order to ensure safety in our communities.”

The Cape Verde citizen entered the United States in Boston with a tourist visa in Oct. 2019. His visa authorized him to remain in the country until April 6, 2020, but he failed to leave when his visa expired.

On Jan. 9, the Cape Verde national was arraigned in the Plymouth Superior Court in Plymouth for manslaughter, possession of a firearm without a permit, possession or carrying of ammunition without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault to murder charges.

ERO Boston encountered him through its Criminal Apprehension Program after his incarceration on pending manslaughter and firearms charges. ERO Boston lodged a detainer on Jan. 30.

On Feb. 15, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts released the Cape Verde citizen after he paid $7,500 bail at Brockton Superior Court in Brockton without honoring ERO Boston’s detainer.

As one of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

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Updated: 07/03/2023