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Five Illegal Immigrants Turned Over To U.S. Border Patrol

May 4, 2011 The Post-Journal

A suspicious situation on Buffalo Street early Wednesday morning resulted in five illegal immigrants being turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

According to a police report, Jamestown police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on Buffalo Street, near Carolina Street, at 7:50 a.m. Wednseday after a caller saw a person wearing a mask jumping into the side door of a full-size van. Officers later found the van on Pratt Avenue and found the men were delivering phone books in the city.

The two men in the van were found to be illegal immigrants from El Salvadore who were working for a Georgia company delivering the phone books. Officers then pulled over a second van matching the description on Rowland Road that was found to have two illegal immigrants from El Salvadore and one from Honduras, all working for the same company delivering the phone books.

Robert Guardano Serrano, 27; Medardo Sibrian Nunez, 34; Dimas Ortiz Padilla, 25; Juan Carlos Castillo-Arguela, 25; and Luis Humberto Ruiz, 26; were all turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Chautauqua County Sheriff now using ICE’s Secure Communities program, and it’s about time.

May 1, 2011

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement in Niagara, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Seneca, Steuben and Yates counties in using a new law enforcement program provided through the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace as reported by the Post Journal, the program, called Secure Communities, provides law enforcement agencies with help in quickly identifying illegal aliens when they commit a crime and are taken into custody by police officials.

With the expansion of Secure Communities to these eight counties, ICE is using this capability in 22 jurisdictions in New York State. Across the country, ICE is using this capability in 1,211 jurisdictions in 41 states. Since ICE began using this enhanced information-sharing capability in 2008, Secure Communities has resulted in removing more than 72,000 criminal aliens – more than 26,000 of whom were convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, rape, kidnapping and the sexual abuse of children. ICE continues to work with its law enforcement partners across the country to responsibly and effectively implement Secure Communities and plans to reach complete nationwide deployment by 2013.

LOCALLY: According to Gerace, this program has already been fruitful. An illegal immigrant from Jamaica has already been taken into custody and turned over for deportation.

“We already had a hit,” he said. “The Jamestown Police Department arrested a guy for reckless endangerment and unlawful imprisonment on April 14.” According to Gerace, “he hit this system, and immediately we were notified that he was an illegal and that they had a detainer warrant for him. So we were notified immediately that we were holding somebody on misdemeanor charges that is deportable.”

PJ 04/28/11


ELLICOTT — Wilfredo Lopez, 24, of Sinclairville was charged with a federal felony of being an illegal immigrant on Sunday at 7:13 p.m. on Route 60 in Ellicott. He was released to a third party.

PJ 04/25/11

ELLERY — Hryhoriy Lakusta, 44, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., was charged with being an illegal alien Thursday at 1:07 p.m. Troopers took him into custody at the Ellery Overlook on Interstate 86 after finding out he was in the United States illegally. He was processed for the federal felony level charge and turned over the U.S. Border Patrol.

PJ 03-17-2011


¯ ELLERY — Valeriy Gomez, 46, of the Ukraine

was charged with being in the country illegally on

Tuesday. A trooper of the New York State Police

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was performing

an inspection on a tractor-trailer allegedly

driven by Gomez at the Ellery Overlook on Interstate

86 in Bemus Point. It was allegedly found that

Gomez was undocumented and in the United States

illegally from the Ukraine. Gomez was taken into custody

and turned over to the United States Border Patrol.

PJ 01-05-2011


— Ricardo Victoria-Escorza, 20, of Port Jefferson

and Eusebio Trejo-Garcia, 23, of Austin, Texas,

were pulled over in a vehicle for speeding on Interstate

86 in North Harmony. Both were found to allegedly

be in the United States illegally. They were taken

into custody and turned over to United States Border



Florencio Cruz-Hernandez, 22,

Jose L. Castro-Lopez, 18, and

Juan Cruz-Martinez, 34, all of Randolph,

were charged with being in the country illegally

Sunday at 9:40 p.m. A vehicle was allegedly seen

going east on Fifth Street with no plate lamps. It

was stopped on East Fifth and Spring streets with

four passengers. When it was stopped, allegedly

the only person with ID at first was the driver. Then

two of the other males produced ID. They said they

worked on a farm in the Randolph area. They were

believed to be in the country illegally. The U.S. Border

Patrol in Erie went to the Jamestown Police Department

to interview the three males. They were detained until

Border Patrol arrived and were taken into custody. The

driver of the vehicle was issued a traffic ticket and



Post-Journal July 21, 2010


¯ Imar Mateo-Francisco,27, of Dunkirk was turned
over to the U.S. Border Patrol on Saturday after an
incident and subsequent investigation revealed he
was in the country illegally. Deputies reported that
around 5 a.m., he was pulled over on North Main
Street in Jamestown for a traffic infraction. The Border
Patrol was contacted for assistance in determining
his immigration status and, as deputies were waiting for
information from federal authorities, he allegedly fled
on foot. He was chased down by deputies and taken
into custody and charged with resisting arrest and
second-degree obstruction of governmental administration
and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol for possible
federal charges and deportation to Mexico.


PJ 06-20-2010

Police Seize Marijuana From Cold Spring Home, Arrest Illegal Alien


Police say they have seized more than 1,100 marijuana

plants from a home in Western New York.

Authorities said the plants were in several

rooms of a home in Cold Spring, in rural Cattaraugus

County. They were being cultivated with the help of

thousands of dollars worth of high tech equipment.

Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task

Force arrested a 31-year old suspect, Xiao Xia Ting.

Police said he was a Chinese citizen and in the U.S.

illegally. They estimated the value of the crop at $2 million.

PJ 05-30-2010

DUNKIRK — Benjamin Lopez, 32, 3742 East
Main Road, lot 69, Fredonia, was turned over to border
patrol agents after a vehicle stop resulted in an
illegal alien investigation at 9:28 p.m. Friday on Vineyard Drive.
PJ 03-09-2010
POMFRET — Fidel Jiminez Lopez, 26, a Fredonia resident, was taken into custody for
illegal entry into the United States, following a traffic stop on Route 20.
Troopers reported that around 10p.m., Lopez was pulled over for an exhaust violation,
and was unable to produce a Visa or Passport. The immigration and Customs Enforcement
was contacted, and was able to confirm that Lopez was in the country illegally, according to
state police. He was taken into custody and turned over to customs officials at the State Police
Barracks in Fredonia.
“2 More illegal immigrants nabbed locally”
 PJ 02-16-2010
¯ DUNKIRK — Jose
Santiago-Vega, 23, Dunkirk, was charged with
driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely,
unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and open
container after a 1:14 a.m. accident Sunday on South
Roberts Road. Police report a passenger in the car Vega
was driving, Juan Diego Ramos Ramos, 26, Dunkirk
was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol on
suspicion of illegal immigration. Santiago posted
$1,000 bail but remained in custody on an immigration
warrant and was taken to county jail awaiting transfer
to border patrol officials.
Jan 6, 2010
Francisco Cuevas-Vera was taken into cus today
after Sheriff deputies responded to a 7:04 pm accident
Dec. 28 on I -86. Deputies reported that one of the
drivers involved in the accident was from Mexico
and allegedly did not have United States citizenship.
He was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail and
held awaiting a deportation hearing.
Post Journal 12-22-09
Employees at Wal-Mart contacted Conewango
township police at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 18 about a suspicious
person who had been in the store for over 24
hours. Police said they detained Daniel Vazquez,
19, Mexico. When he was asked to produce identification,
police said Vazquez admitted being in the U.S.
illegally. Police said Vazquez was taken into
custody and then released into the custody of U.S.
Border Patrol agents from Erie, pending deportation.
Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, police were once again
called when two men were looking for their friend,
Daniel Vazquez. Police said Feliciano Rodriguez, 26,
and Genaro Martinez, 27, both of Mexico, were taken
into custody as illegal aliens. Police said U.S. Border
Patrol agents took the pair into custody for deportation.

December 5, 2009


NYS Police ¯ COLLINS— Bonifacio Hermenegildo, 29, of Mexico,
reportedly an illegal alien, was found by troopers while investigating
a reported open burning and mud complaint on Lenox Road in Collins.
Hermenegildo, reportedly working as a “farm hand” on the Degenfelder Farm,
was taken in to custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents who were summoned by an investigating trooper.

May 27, 2009




Santiago F. Lopez, 35, of Guatemala was taken into
custody and turned over to the U.S. Boarder Patrol Sunday as he is suspected
of being an illegal immigrant. Police say they were called to investigate a suspicious
person inside a West Ellicott business around 5:30 p.m., and when the boarder patrol
was contacted, they said Lopez was in the country illegally. He will face a deportation
hearing in the future and may be sent back to Guatemala.
Four suspected illegal immigrants were turned over to the boarder patrol 
after a traffic stop on Route 957 on Saturday around 11:15 p.m. Police say 
Mario O. Lopez, 28, Simon P. Bautista, 28, Antonia C. Bautista, 25, and 
Pable J. Bautista, 31, were found in the vehicle that was pulled over for 
crossing the center line, almost striking the trooper’s car. All four will face 
deportation hearings and may be sent back to Mexico. 



May 10, 2009


RIPLEY – Alejandro Luna, 25, of Leopard Street, Dunkirk was determined to be an illegal immigrant and was turned over to the U.S. border patrol.
Deputies said his status was learned after conducting a records check of Luna who was found standing on the side of West Main Road.
Illegal Immigrant Turned Over To Border Patrol
POSTED: April 5, 2009
A 17-year-old illegal immigrant was turned over to the U.S. Boarder Patrol on Friday after he was involved in a violent fight in front of the Jamestown Police Station.
Around 2:15 a.m., officers saw the 17-year-old male fighting with a 16-year-old female, as the two were reportedly hitting each other with leather belts. An investigation revealed that the male was actually in the country illegally from Guatemala, his country of origin.
He was turned over to federal agents and the 16-year-old female was released to her mother.

Suspected Illegal Immigrants Detained


Men Arrested After Presenting Fake Driver’s Licenses To Casino Employees
By Robert Rizzuto,
POSTED: January 30, 2009
SALAMANCA- Three Chinese nationals suspected of being in the United States illegally are awaiting a deportation hearing following an incident at the Seneca Allegany Casino on Tuesday.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say that around 2:30 a.m., two Chinese men presented fake driver’s licenses to security officials at the Casino to gain access. The casino employees then notified the Sheriff’s Casino Division, a unit of 14 deputies who handle all investigations and crime at and around the casino.
Deputies detained the men, and since they couldn’t speak English, the suspects called a friend to translate for them.
The Casino Division deputies then called officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Batavia, and ICE agents took the three men into custody after realizing that the friend called to translate was already known as an illegal immigrant awaiting a removal hearing.
Chung Mau Ling, and Al Jian Gao, both 26, and living in Warren, Pa., were charged with an immigration violation and taken to the federal detention facility in Batavia, where they will be held until removal proceedings can move forward.
The third man, 33-year-old Dao Mou Ni, also living in Warren, Pa., was processed and released, as he is currently involved in removal proceedings.
Deputies said that finding illegal immigrants at the casino ”isn’t common at all,” and the division typically deals with cases of trespassing or attempted cheating.

Three Illegal Chinese Immigrants Arrested In Salamanca


By The Post-Journal Staff
POSTED: January 29, 2009
Three Chinese citizens living in Warren, Pa., were charged with immigration violations at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca.
Chung Mau Ling, 26, of Warren, Al Jian Gao, 26, and Dao Mou Ni, 33, all of Warren, were all taken to a federal detention facility in Batavia after an investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Department.
According to a police report, two men from the Republic of China presented false drivers licenses to employees at the casino, who then notified the Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Department Casino Division, who detained the men for questioning. The men could not speak English, and called a friend to translate for them. The friend was also found to be an illegal immigrant.
Sheriffs deputies then called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. They are now being held until removal proceedings can be completed.
January 11, 2009
JAMESTOWN – Jorge W. Sanchez, 23, was arrested by Jamestown Police Friday on a warrant charging him with fourth-degree criminal mischief.
He was an occupant in a vehicle stopped at the intersection of East Second Street and Cheney Street in Jamestown.
Another occupant, identified as Nos Medina, 40, was determined to be an illegal immigrant.
He was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Local man among 11 arraigned in illegal immigrant smuggling


POSTED: December 11, 2008
United States Attorney Terrance P. Flynn announced the arraignments on the indictments of 11 defendants, from New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. A local man, Jesus Francisco Escalante of Dunkirk, was one of those arraigned Wednesday in the Western District of New York along with Sergio Antonio Resendiz Martinez of Salamanca; Honorio Banda Mireles of Bradford; Maurilio Bautista Feria of Allegany; Javier Banda Mireles of Depew; Miguel Angel Antimo Mireles of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Alvaro Soto Paz and Agustin Quinones Torres, both of Willoughby, Ohio and Alejandro Garcia of Wheeling, W.Va. Simon Banda Mireles of Depew and Alberto Antimo Mireles of New Martinsville, W.Va. are expected to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott today. Each of the defendants was charged with harboring and concealing illegal aliens, primarily undocumented Mexicans, who had been smuggled into the United States for the purpose of employing these aliens at seven Mexican restaurants, three in Western New York, one in Bradford, one in Mentor, Ohio, one in Wheeling, W.Va. and one in New Martinsville, W.Va. Harboring illegal aliens carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati stated that Simon Banda Mireles, Sergio Antonio Resendiz Martinez and Javier Banda Mireles were charged with engaging in Forced Labor, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and or a $250,000 fine. Flynn noted that the Forced Labor charges constitute a violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a focus of the district’s Human Trafficking Task force and Alliance (WDNY HTTFA). The WDNY HTTFA, one of 42 nationwide, is a collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and non-government service organizations working together to identify, rescue and assist victims of human trafficking, human smuggling and other civil and human rights offenses in the 17 counties of the district, through aggressive investigation, prosecution, training, education and outreach to law enforcement, non-government organizations, vulnerable and affected persons and the general public. “These indictments demonstrate that employers operating businesses illegally in the United States that take advantage of vulnerable illegal immigrants and jeopardize legitimate businesses face serious repercussions for their criminal activity”, said Lev J. Kubiak, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “ICE continues to aggressively target employers who use illegal alien workers to gain an unfair business advantage and take jobs away from legal workers.” Flynn and Kubiak commended the assistance and leadership provided to this investigation by the New York State Police under the direction of Major Matthew S. Renneman and the Cheektowaga Police Department under the direction of Chief Christine Ziemba.

Buffalo clerk, 61, spared jail time for driving illegal alien prostitute


POSTED: December 10, 2008
BUFFALO – An upstate New York law clerk who drove a prostitute to a men’s club convention in Kentucky has been placed in home confinement for four months, and must forfeit the motor home he drove in.
Michael Stebick also was fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service as part of a sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge William Skretny in Buffalo Tuesday.
The 61-year-old Orchard Park resident, along with a state Supreme Court judge and a police captain, were arrested in an investigation of human trafficking activities by the Royal Order of Jesters men’s club.
Authorities say Stebick drove the prostitute, an illegal alien, across state lines in 2005 for a convention of Jesters, who put her up in a hotel.
POSTED: October 28, 2008
RANDOLPH – Juan B. Justo, 22, Rigoberto V. Justo, 44 and Ricardo A. Justo, 17, all of Randolph were taken into custody Friday. According to police, a traffic complaint on Route 394 stated that one of the suspects was operating a tractor unsafely. The suspect drove by while the patrol was interviewing the complaint and was stopped. The patrol learned that Juan Justo was an illegal immigrant along with his brother and father and were working at an area farm. All three were taken to State Police at Jamestown, where immigration and Customs Enforcement officials responded to take them into custody.
September 5, 2008
Fredonia Police

Fernando Vega-Hernandez, 28, of Main Street, Dunkirk was charged Aug. 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Further investigation showed Vega was an illegal immigrant and he is being held at Chautauqua County Jail.
Mentor restaurant part of five-state raid (Jalapeno Loco in Mentor is mentioned-smuggling illegals)
April 16, 2008 | Robert L. Smith
CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal immigration authorities raided seven Mexican restaurants in four states Wednesday, arresting 56 people, including 11 accused of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants.
The immigrants were primarily undocumented Mexicans forced to staff the restaurants for long hours with little pay to work off smuggling fees and rent, authorities said.
Ten individuals were arrested in Mentor and Willoughby in northeast Ohio, at Jalapeno Loco Mexican Restaurant and two houses, said Greg Palmore, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two face charges of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants and the rest face immigration violations.
The arrests began at 6 a.m. in Ohio, western New York, Bradford, Pa., and Wheeling and New Martinsville, W.Va. They were the result of a two-year investigation, Palmore said.
The restaurants’ owner, Jorge Delarco of Depew, N.Y., is charged with conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants, which carries a five-year maximum jail sentence upon conviction. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.
“Employers who exploit illegal alien labor to reap greater profits for themselves can expect to pay a high price for their greed,” said Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Agents also raided Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants in five states Wednesday in a crackdown on an alleged scam to provide fake identification for illegal immigrant workers, authorities said.
More than 100 people were expected to be charged in the raids at the nation’s largest chicken producer, Myers said.
WNY Part of 5 State Immigration Raid
Posted by Maria Sisti for WGRZ TV, April 16, 2008
A Buffalo-area restaurant owner and 10 business associates are accused of smuggling illegal Mexican immigrants into the U.S. to work in restaurants in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Raids took place in several locations Wednesday morning throughout western New York where it’s believed illegal immigrants were allegedly working or living. Two of the sites include El Caporal Restaurants on both Union Road and Dingens Street in Cheektowaga.
Federal authorities say they arrested Jorge Delarco of Depew, several of his restaurant managers and 45 illegal immigrants during early morning raids in those states. They also searched the Georgia home of Delarco’s sister.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities say the illegal workers were forced to staff the Mexican restaurants for long hours with little pay to work off smuggling fees and rent.
Delarco and his associates are charged with conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. Delarco is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

November 2006—Diego Pillco, an illegal alien construction worker, killed actress Adrienne Shelly, the mother of a toddler, in New York and tried to make it look like a suicide. (The New York Daily News, November 7, 2006)

May 2006—Hugo Martinez, a Mexican illegal alien, murdered two women and attempted to murder a third in Nassau, New York all while high on crack cocaine. (Newsday, May 19, 2006)

APRIL 16, 2008 

New York restaurant owner among 11 charged with harboring in ICE probe
45 illegal alien workers arrested on immigration violations at owner’s seven restaurants


BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents arrested 11 individuals today for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens who were smuggled into the United States to work in Mexican restaurants in four states.

The United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, Terrance P. Flynn, and Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced the arrests Wednesday morning. The defendants are charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, primarily undocumented Mexican nationals, who were smuggled into the country to fill jobs at seven Mexican restaurants.

The 11 suspects were taken into custody at the following locations: six in the Western District of New York, one in Bradford, Pa, two in W Va., and two in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Those arrested include:

  • Jorge Delarco of Depew, N.Y., owner of all seven restaurants;
  • Javier Banda, of Depew, N.Y., restaurant manager;
  • Sergio Resendiz, of Salamanca, N.Y., restaurant manager;
  • Maurilio Feria, of Alleghany, N.Y., restaurant manager;
  • Jesus Escalante, of Dunkirk, N.Y., restaurant manager;
  • Honorio Banda, of Bradford, Pa., restaurant manager;
  • Alberto Antimo, of New Martinsville, W.Va., restaurant manager;
  • Miguel Antimo, of Dunkirk, N.Y., restaurant manager;
  • Alejandro Garcia, of Wheeling, W.Va., restaurant manager; and
  • Alvaro Soto, of Willoughby, Ohio, restaurant manager.


“Employers who exploit illegal alien labor to reap greater profits for themselves can expect to pay a high price for their greed,” said Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ”Whether the violator is a multinational corporation or a small business, ICE is aggressively targeting employers who use illegal alien workers to gain an unfair business advantage and take jobs away from legal workers.”

In addition to the 11 criminal arrests, 45 illegal aliens were detained at 10 different sites in four states. They will be processed for removal on administrative immigration violations.

Today’s operation, which involved approximately130 ICE agents and 30 state and local law enforcement officers, is the result of an investigation that began in May 2006. The U.S. Attorney noted that his office is coordinating closely with the U.S. Attorneys in Atlanta, Ga., Wheeling W.Va., Cleveland, Ohio, and Erie, Pa.

As part of the operation, ICE agents and local officers executed search warrants at the seven restaurants, six residences occupied by the owners and managers of the restaurants, and 12 apartments used to house undocumented aliens. The Mexican restaurants targeted in the investigation are located in four states. They include:

  • El Caporal Mexican Restaurant, Cheektowaga, N.Y.;
  • Azteca Mexican Food Cantina, Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk, N.Y.;
  • Don Lorenzo Mexican Restaurant, Allegany, N.Y.;
  • La Herradura Mexican Restaurant, Bradford, Pa.;
  • Jalapeno Loco Mexican Restaurant in Mentor, Ohio;
  • Nogales Mexican Restaurant in Wheeling, W.Va.; and
  • El Caporal Restaurant in New Martinsville, W.Va.


In addition, ICE agents searched a home connected to the Delarco organization in Marietta, Ga., for cash the defendant may have skimmed from his restaurants.

The Cheektowaga Police Department, the New York State Police, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of the Border Patrol all assisting ICE agents during the ICE operation in Western New York. Other federal, state and local partners assisted the ICE operations in Pa, Ohio, W.Va., and Ga.         – ICE –

February 26, 2008

Local ICE Fugitive Operations Team arrests 52 in 4-day operation
Teams across the nation make 225 arrests in six states


BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that its local team of officers that tracks down criminal and fugitive aliens arrested 52 aliens as part of a four-day, six-state operation that ended Monday. The Buffalo fugitive operation focused on the cities of Binghamton and Syracuse

“Fugitive aliens” are illegal aliens who fail to leave the country after having been ordered to do so by a federal immigration judge.

Eleven fugitive operations teams made 225 arrests in: New York, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri. Of the 52 aliens arrested by ICE’s Buffalo Fugitive Operations Team, 21 were fugitives, and 22 were aliens with criminal convictions. The arrests took place in Binghamton (30 arrests) and Syracuse (22 arrests).

“Our teams working together across six states today sent a strong message to those who choose to disregard our nation’s laws,” said Julie L. Myers, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE. “If you ignore a judge’s order of removal, ICE will find you, arrest you, and you will be returned to your home country.”

ICE has established 75 Fugitive Operations Teams nationwide that are specially trained and dedicated solely to identifying, locating and arresting aliens who have absconded after receiving deportation orders. The increased FY 2008 budget allocates funds for the implementation of an additional 29 teams nationally.

The following are examples of fugitives arrested by the Fugitive Operations Teams during this operation in the Syracuse area:

  • A man with a conviction for aggravated assault for stabbing a man during a fight.
  • An individual who is a registered sex offender and has a conviction for rape – 3rd degree.


The following are examples of fugitives arrested during this operation in the Binghamton area:

  • An individual with a conviction for burglary and criminal prosecution of a weapon.
  • Another man who has a conviction for statutory rape of a minor.


Fugitives and other immigration violators arrested in the operation are citizens of the following countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Trinidad.

The Fugitive Operations Teams’ success is also attributed to the fact ICE has expanded partnerships with local law enforcement agencies across the country and the newly created Fugitive Operations Support Center (FOSC) in Vermont, which aids in gathering and analyzing information on fugitive cases across the country. This center was opened last year and has since disseminated more than 150,000 case leads to ICE agents.

ICE established its Fugitive Operations Program in 2003 to eliminate the nation’s backlog of immigration fugitives and ensure that deportation orders handed down by immigration judges are enforced. The teams prioritize cases involving immigration violators who pose a threat to national security and community safety. These include child sexual exploiters, suspected gang members and those who have convictions for any violent crimes.

Nationwide, ICE Fugitive Operations Teams have arrested more than 72,000 illegal aliens since the first teams were created. There are approximately 585,000 fugitive aliens in ICE’s databases; but our targeted enforcement strategy is paying off. Last year, the nation’s fugitive alien population declined for the first time in history and continues to do so – in large part due to the work of the Fugitive Operations Teams.

ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program is an integral part of the comprehensive multi-year plan launched by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America’s borders and reduce illegal migration. That strategy seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently.

  • January 16, 2008


  • ICE removes 107 individuals, more than half criminals, to Nigeria and the Middle East
    A total of 107 people from four countries removed on one flight


  • NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – In a major removal operation U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 94 Nigerian nationals yesterday to Lagos, Nigeria. Fifty-five of the Nigerians removed had criminal histories in the United States.


  • The criminal histories of those removed included sex crimes, assault, cruelty to a child, drug convictions, embezzlement, forgery, fraud and counterfeiting.


  • The flight, contracted for by the Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Operations Support and Coordination Unit, carried a total of 107 individuals being removed from the United States, including 11 Palestinian nationals, 1 Moroccan national and 1 Egyptian national. Four of the Palestinians and both the Moroccan and the Egyptian had criminal histories. The individuals had been housed at various detention facilities across the country and were staged at the Batavia, N.Y. Federal Detention Facility shortly before the flight.  The flight departed Niagara Falls Airport on the afternoon of January 15 stopping in Lagos, Nigeria, Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan.


  • The Canadian government also participated in the flight to remove 10 Nigerian deportees, 7 of whom were criminals. The flight was staffed with 20 DRO officers and 6 Canadian officers. 2 Nigerian Consular officers from their embassy in the U.S. and 1 Nigerian Consular from their embassy in Canada accompanied the flight.


  • “More than half of the individuals on this flight have criminal records in the United States. The ICE mission is to protect national security and public safety and this removal operation is an outstanding example of how we accomplish that mission,” said Charles Mule’, acting field office director for ICE detention and removal operations in Buffalo. “All of the individuals removed had due process through America’s criminal and immigration courts and the foreign governments worked closely with ICE to make the return to their home countries possible.”


  • In fiscal year 2007, ICE removed more than 278,000 aliens from the country including over 41,000 who returned voluntarily to their country of nationality, a record for the agency. More than 91,000 had criminal histories.
    ICE manages alien transportation and repatriation flights via government-leased and chartered aircraft, and is also the largest user of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS). JPATS is a shared program between ICE, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons, that is used to affect the majority of the ICE removals, particularly to Central America and the Caribbean basin.


  • May 2, 2007


  • ICE nabs couple for making and selling fraudulent ID documents
    Documents included fake alien registration and Social Security cards


  • BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Immigration and Enforcement special agents have arrested two New York state residents for manufacturing and selling counterfeit alien registration cards and social security cards. Belkys Martinez and her spouse, George Dantz were arrested yesterday at their residence in Dansville.


  • Special agents from the ICE Office of Investigations in Buffalo developed information through a confidential source that the two were selling counterfeit documents. The two were arrested after selling a number of the counterfeit cards to undercover ICE agents.


  • Martinez and Dantz face three charges: violation of 18 USC Section 1028 manufacturing and selling counterfeit documents 18 USC Section 1546 manufacturing and selling counterfeit resident alien cards and 45 USC Section 408, manufacturing and selling counterfeit social security cards.


  • Making and selling counterfeit identity documents such as fake alien resident cards and social security cards or passports help illegal aliens, criminals and even terrorists evade detection and embed themselves in our society. Document fraud often supports the crime of immigration benefit fraud.


  • Both Martinez and Dantz appeared for the first time before a federal magistrate in Buffalo this afternoon. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York is prosecuting the case.


November 2006—Diego Pillco, an illegal alien construction worker, killed actress Adrienne Shelly, the mother of a toddler, in New York and tried to make it look like a suicide. (The New York Daily News, November 7, 2006)

May 2006—Hugo Martinez, a Mexican illegal alien, murdered two women and attempted to murder a third in Nassau, New York all while high on crack cocaine. (Newsday, May 19, 2006)


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