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June 23, 2020New York, NY, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE removes Canadian fugitive wanted for firearms violations

NEW YORK – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) officers removed Luc Emond, 60, a Canadian citizen wanted in his home country for weapons violations.

On June 19, ERO New York deportation officers, supported by special agents from ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Albany, escorted Emond to the Lake Champlain Port of Entry in Champlain, New York, where he was turned over to Canadian law enforcement authorities for an outstanding warrant.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection admitted Emond into the United States as a temporary nonimmigrant visitor August 19, 2019. Later that same month, HSI special agents arrested Emond for smuggling firearm components into Canada.

According to the Department of Justice, Emond ordered two pistol kits over the internet and had the kits delivered to himself at a motel in Lake George, New York. The subject admitted to hiding the kits in his car in an attempt to smuggle them across the border into Canada without obtaining export licenses and completing other paperwork.

On Feb. 20, a federal judge from the Northern District of New York convicted and sentenced Emond to 10 months imprisonment.

On May 20, Canadian authorities issued a warrant for Emond’s arrest, charging him with firearms violations. On that same day, ERO New York issued the subject a notice to appear and a motion for stipulated removal order and waiver of hearing, pursuant to 8 C.F.R. 1003.25(b). Six days later, an immigration judge in New York ordered the subject removed to Canada.

“This high priority removal underscores the importance of the relationships ICE maintains with its international law enforcement partners,” said Thomas R. Decker, ERO New York’s field office director. “I am pleased that ERO New York, HSI Albany and Canadian law enforcement officers were able to quickly and effectively bring this fugitive to justice.”

Fugitive Alien Removals

Fugitive alien removal cases typically involve individuals who committed serious crimes, including murder, rape, sexual abuse of minors, drug offenses, human smuggling, fraud or theft. Some high-profile removals include national security risks, such as suspected terrorists and individuals on the terrorist watch list and the no-fly list.

ERO removal operations require complex coordination to remove individuals from the United States. In collaboration with the ICE HSI Office of International Operations and the Department of State, ERO also works with international partners to successfully execute removal operations.

Updated: 06/23/2020