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April 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM

43 arrested in Washington during immigration sweep

A man wanted for homicide in Jamaica was among 43 people arrested in Washington state during a nationwide sweep for immigrants who were illegally in the country and who were convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered fugitives or threats to national security. The six-day sweep was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Carlington David Richards, 34, was arrested Wednesday in Federal Way and is being held pending extradition, according to an ICE news release.  

A total of 3,100 people were arrested nationwide during the operation, which involved more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, according to the news release. Arrests were made in all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation’s immigration system,” ICE Director John Morton said in a news release.

Officials said most of those arrested had entered the country illegally. Others had violated the terms for legally being in the United States and were subject to deportation.

More than 1,000 of the people arrested had multiple criminal convictions. The most severe cases included murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking and sexual crimes against minors.

The totals included an estimated 50 gang members and 149 convicted sex offenders. The cases of at least 204 of them were referred to federal prosecutors for a variety of serious charges, including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony that can carry up to 20 years in prison.

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