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March 10, 2017DeKalb County, GA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE arrests man wanted for child molestation

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested a Mexican citizen who was wanted in DeKalb County on child molestation charges.

Jose Mercedes Meza-Ignacio, 52, a citizen of Mexico residing in Atlanta, was arrested at his residence March 9 as a result of an active child molestation arrest warrant by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Meza-Ignacio was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office after the arrest.

“This arrest highlights the ICE mission of protecting public safety,” said Sean W. Gallagher, field office director for the Atlanta ERO Field Office. “ICE, working closely with law enforcement partners like the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, continues to work every day making our communities safer.”

ICE ERO has also lodged an immigration detainer on Meza-Ignacio as a result of the criminal arrest. ICE places detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being deportable, so that ICE can take custody of those individuals when they are released from local custody.

You can learn more about ICE’s mission to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety at

Updated: 01/21/2021