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July 8, 2024Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests Colombian national wanted for drug trafficking charges in Spain

BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations Boston arrested a Colombian fugitive wanted by Spanish authorities for drug trafficking charges. Deportation officers from ERO Boston arrested the 25-year-old Colombian national June 29 in Revere.

“This Colombian fugitive is wanted by Spanish authorities for trafficking poison in their country,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd M. Lyons. “He attempted to hide from justice in Massachusetts. We will not allow New England communities to become safe havens for the world’s criminals. ERO Boston will continue to prioritize public safety by apprehending and removing the most egregious noncitizen offenders from our neighborhoods.”

U.S. Border Patrol arrested the Colombian fugitive July 4, 2022, after he unlawfully entered the United States near Del Rio, Texas. Border Patrol served the Colombian national with a notice to appear before a Department of Justice immigration judge and released him on an order of release on recognizance.

Spanish authorities issued an arrest warrant for the Colombian noncitizen for drug trafficking.

Massachusetts State Police in Revere arrested him June 29, 2024, and charged him with unlicensed operation and unregistered motor vehicle. Those charges are pending. Later that day, ERO Boston lodged an immigration detainer against the Colombian noncitizen with the Massachusetts State Police.

Deportation officers with ERO Boston arrested the Colombian fugitive at the Massachusetts State Police’s Revere barracks upon his release from state custody. He will remain in ERO custody pending the outcome of his removal proceedings.

ERO conducts removals of individuals without a lawful basis to remain in the United States, including at the order of immigration judges with Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Executive Office for Immigration Review is a separate entity from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal.

Members of the public with information regarding child sex offenders can report crimes or suspicious activity by dialing the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or completing the online tip form.

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