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October 14, 2022Seattle, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO removes Guatemalan national wanted for financial crimes in home country

SEATTLE – Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Seattle Field Office removed Manuel Antonio Baldizon, 52, a citizen of Guatemala, who was convicted in the U.S. of conspiracy to commit money laundering and is wanted by law enforcement authorities in his home country for criminal conspiracy, passive bribery, and laundering of money or other assets.

Baldizon served 28 months in federal prison before being transferred to ICE custody. An immigration judge from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) ordered his removal, Aug. 16.

Baldizon was removed from the United States Oct. 5 with custody transferred to authorities in Guatemala upon arrival.

“ERO is undeniably a law enforcement agency, and our officers are committed to public safety by ensuring those who are wanted for crimes are held accountable in their home countries,” said ERO Seattle Field Office Director Drew H. Bostock. “It is this commitment that prevents further victimization while respecting the legal processes of both nations.”

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.