U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Detroit said Wednesday that they arrested an MS-13 gang member who was wanted for murder.
In a written statement, immigration officials provided a list of recent arrests in Michigan and Ohio as part of increased enforcement efforts in these states. One gang member was arrested in Wyoming, Michigan.
Officials said the 52-year-old arrested in Wyoming was a citizen of Mexico who had been convicted of cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
Among the other arrests listed were:
- In Galloway, Ohio, an MS-13 gang member charged by Salvadoran authorities with gang membership, first-degree murder and creating danger to national security and public peace. Officials said he was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice, a worldwide request to law enforcement to find someone and arrest them.
- In Warren, Ohio, a 41-year-old citizen of Serbia, who was convicted of carjacking and driving under the influence.
- In Detroit, a 53-year-old citizen of Honduras who was convicted multiple times of driving under the influence, twice while under the influence of liquor.
- In Sterling Heights, Michigan, a 55-year-old citizen of Iraq, who was convicted of theft, delivering cocaine, breaking into a vehicle, dealing ecstasy, dealing marijuana, possessing cocaine and possessing other drugs.
Rebecca Adducci, field office director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Michigan and Ohio, said, “ICE officers are first and foremost focused on removing criminal aliens from the community. I applaud the dedicated men and women of ICE and our partners who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, often in the face of great personal danger.”
From Feb. 1-7, ICE arrested 75 foreign nationals, including those from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia.
More than 70% of those arrested had prior arrests or convictions, including:
- Retail fraud
- Driving under the influence
- Domestic violence
- Public drunkenness
- Drug possession/dealing
- Breaking into vehicles
- Disorderly conduct
- Destruction of property
- Sexual misconduct
- Disturbing the peace
- Tampering with evidence
- Corruption of a minor