LAS VEGAS – Child sex offenders and convicted drug traffickers are among the 25 criminal aliens arrested during a four-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Clark County that concluded Sunday.
The enforcement action was carried out by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers and focused on individuals who pose a public safety threat. Of the 25 foreign nationals arrested during the operation more than 20 have multiple prior criminal convictions. Thirteen of those taken into custody are convicted felons, whose criminal histories include offenses such as drug trafficking, possession of stolen mail, sexual assault and DUI. Two were previously deported criminal aliens who now face felony federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
Those arrested include:
- A 43-year-old previously deported Mexican national whose list of criminal history includes convictions for child molestation, and a DUI resulting in death;
- A 20-year old legal permanent resident from Mexico with a conviction for drug trafficking; and
- A previously deported 49-year old Mexican national convicted of possessing of stolen mail.
The foreign nationals arrested during the operation include citizens of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Philippines and Cuba. Those who are not being criminally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.