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145 arrested in Texas during ICE operation, including 45 in Austin

145 people were arrested by ICE during a 7-day operation across Central and South Texas. (Photo: ICE)

Nearly 150 undocumented immigrants were arrested during a 7-day operation across Central and South Texas, including several who were previously convicted of violent crimes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the arrests on Thursday afternoon. In all, 145 people were arrested. 86 of those had previous criminal convictions and 61 had been previously deported.

ICE said 45 of the arrests were made in Austin, 41 in San Antonio, 37 in the Rio Grande Valley, 15 arrests in Laredo and 7 people were picked up in Waco.

According to investigators, some of the offenders included criminals convicted of indecency with a child, assault, deadly conduct, aggravated assault, drug possession, drug trafficking and burglary.

Following are criminal summaries of three offenders arrested during this operation as provided by ICE:

  • February 13 – A previously deported 40-year-old illegal alien from Mexico was arrested in San Antonio. He was previously removed to Mexico in 2009 after he illegally entered the United States through Laredo, Texas. Sometime after 2009, he illegally re-entered the United States and was arrested at his residence where officers discovered six handguns in his possession. He is being prosecuted for re-entry after deportation, and illegal alien possessing a firearm. He remains in U.S. Marshals custody pending the outcome of his criminal case.
  • February 14 – A previously deported 42-year-old illegal alien from Mexico was arrested in Harlingen, Texas. He was convicted in 2011 of indecency with a child, a felony, and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation. He is currently facing federal criminal charges for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. He remains in U.S. Marshals custody pending the outcome of his criminal case.
  • February 15 – A 42- year-old illegal alien from Mexico was arrested in San Antonio. He was convicted in 2008 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to four months in federal prison. In October 2017, he was convicted for DUI and sentenced to 15 months in prison. He is currently in ICE custody pending removal.


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