According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) rounded up 271 persons across Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands between March 18 and 22.
Caribbean nationals among those arrested came from Jamaica, The Bahamas, Anguilla, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana and Haiti. Nationals arrested came from a total of 36 countries.
Of those arrested by ICE, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses and abuse of the elderly.
ICE said additional convictions included driving under the influence, fraud, harboring immigrants, illegal entry and re-entry to the U.S., resisting an officer, traffic offenses, trespassing and workman’s compensation fraud.
As part of the action, ICE said ERO officers apprehended 49 ICE fugitives and 39 individuals who were previously removed from the U.S., as well as two known gang members and one individual with an Interpol Red Notice.
ICE said arrests took place in 23 Florida counties, including 76 in Miami Dade, 65 in Broward, 27 in Duval, 17 in Palm Beach, 14 in Hillsborough, 10 in Orange, seven in Seminole, five in Manatee, five in Lee, four in Pinellas and Brevard, three in Polk and Indian River, two in Volusia, Bay and Martin, and one each in
Escambia, Gadsden, Lake, Osceola, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Suwannee.
Eleven were arrested in Puerto Rico and seven in the USVI.