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Ten “Criminal Aliens” Arrested in Fort Wayne During Nationwide Sweep

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Federal agents arrested 280 criminal aliens including 47 here in Indiana and 10 in Fort Wayne during a month-long enforcement surge. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokesperson Gail Montenegro says they targeted “at large criminal aliens.” She says they all have past convictions for crimes that happened in the United States. 

The surge began May 18th and ran through June 13th. Montenegro says they arrested aliens in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. 272 of them are men. Those arrested hail from 22 countries. 

In Indiana, the majority of the arrests were made in Indianapolis (21) and Ft. Wayne (10). Additional arrests occurred in the following 12 communities: Columbus (1), Elkhart (1), Evansville (1), Ferdinand (1), Goshen (2), Greenfield (2), Huntingburg (1), Lebanon (1), Mishawaka (1), Plymouth (1), Vincennes (3) and Washington (1). 

Among them: a 51-year-old Guatemalan national with prior convictions for battery, drunken driving and hit-and-run. He was arrested May 19 in Fort Wayne and is pending deportation proceedings. 

Also, a 35-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for drunken driving and endangering a person. He was arrested May 28 in Greenfield, Indiana, and is pending deportation proceedings.

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