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February 8, 2024Moab, UT, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Salt Lake City arrests 6 during enforcement action in resort town

MOAB, Utah — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in the Salt Lake City office with operations in Utah, Nevada, Montana and Las Vegas arrested six fugitives in Moab Feb. 7 during an enforcement operation.

“Tourists in Moab can better enjoy their stay knowing we took six convicted criminals and fugitives off the streets,” said ERO Salt Lake City Field Office Director Michael Bernacke.

ERO officers carry out targeted enforcement actions daily nationwide as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the public. This enforcement action involved established Fugitive Operations Teams that focus on at-large criminals in the interior of the United States.

Those arrested include:

  • A 26-year-old citizen of Mexico who has been convicted of domestic violence and has pending charges for DUI, drug possession, damage property, aggravated assault and drug paraphernalia. This fugitive’s prior removal order was reinstated by ERO Salt Lake City and has been accepted for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Utah for 8 U.S.C. 1326, Reentry of removed aliens.
  • A 31-year-old citizen of Mexico who has been convicted of four separate DUIs and failure to respond to a law enforcement officer. They will remain in ICE custody pending removal.
  • A 45-year-old citizen of Mexico who has a pending court case for the offense of abduction of a mental health patient from a secure facility. They will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of their removal proceedings.

ICE focuses on the arrest of noncitizens who have committed crimes and other individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws. ICE officers, informed by their experience and training, use their inherent discretion as law enforcement officials to focus enforcement resources on those who pose a threat to national security, public safety or border security. These efforts include noncitizens with final orders of removal. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office.

In fiscal year 2023, ERO arrested 73,822 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 290,178 associated charges and convictions with an average of four per individual. These included 33,209 assaults; 4,390 sex and sexual assaults; 7,520 weapons offenses; 1,713 charges or convictions for homicide; and 1,655 kidnapping offenses.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form. Learn more about ICE’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, @EROSaltLakeCity.