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February 15, 2023San Francisco, CA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal, Narcotics

ERO San Francisco arrests 19 as part of nationwide operation

Criminal offenses include drug trafficking and possession

SAN FRANCISCO — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) San Francisco officers apprehended 19 unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of drug trafficking or possession offenses involving methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin during a nationwide enforcement effort Jan. 23 through Feb. 6.

The effort included noncitizens with final orders of removal. Cases amenable to federal criminal prosecution may be presented to the appropriate U.S. attorney’s office.

“ICE officers are stopping the distribution of these dangerous narcotics by arresting and removing those who pose a threat to public safety,” said ERO San Francisco Field Office Director Moises Becerra. “I am so proud of the amazing work that our officers do every day to locate and arrest these individuals.”

The following people are among those arrested:

  • A 51-year-old citizen of Mexico in Fresno, arrested Jan. 24. The Fresno County Superior Court convicted this noncitizen of felony possession of methamphetamine in June 2003 and May 2004.
  • A 53-year-old citizen of Mexico in Oakland, arrested Jan. 24. In 1991, the San Francisco County Superior Court convicted this noncitizen of felony possession of heroin with intent to purchase and sell.
  • A 49-year-old citizen of Mexico in Fremont, arrested Feb. 2. In November 1995, the San Mateo County Superior Court convicted this noncitizen of felony transport of methamphetamine.
  • A 40-year-old citizen of Mexico in Santa Rosa, arrested Jan. 31. In November 2007, the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose convicted this noncitizen of felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell.
  • A 54-year-old citizen of Mexico in Fresno arrested Feb. 6. In 2018, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California convicted this noncitizen of felony drug trafficking of methamphetamine.

ICE targets and arrests 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 discretion inherent as law enforcement officials to focus enforcement resources on people who threaten the homeland.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories; this group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions. These included 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 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 Twitter @EROSanFrancisco. The San Francisco Area of Responsibility includes Northern California, San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.