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Feds arrest 45 international fugitives during three day operation

June 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds arrest 45 international fugitives during three day operation

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Federal agents apprehended forty-five international fugitives in the U.S as part of a special operation called “Project Red II.” The plan required assistance from agents associated with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), along with U.S. Marshals to track down the runaways.

Tom Homan, Executive Associate Director of the ERO, said in a statement: “Identifying and arresting foreign fugitives is a global law enforcement priority and commands the full commitment of ICE resources.”

Homan added, “It is our duty to the American people and our partner countries to ensure that these individuals are removed from the shadows of our communities and returned to their home countries to face justice for their criminal acts.”

International police agencies issue a “red notice” which lets other nations know when they have a wanted fugitive who has escaped from their jurisdiction. The fugitives that were caught were wanted in twenty-two countries for crimes including rape, kidnapping, extortion, embezzlement, and drug trafficking.

Among the fugitives, some of the most violent included:

– 23-year-old Emilio Eliseo Coreas Avelar, from El Salvador, was arrested on June 22nd in Burke, Virginia. Avelar was the focus of an Interpol red notice from El Salvador for gang participation and aggravated homicide.

– 43-year-old Marleny Rodriguez-De Lovo, from El Salvador, was arrested on June 21st in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Marleny was the subject of an Interpol red notice from El Salvador for participating in an organized criminal gang.

– 38-year-old Pothuvilage Ushan Bernard Karunaratne, from Sri Lanka, was arrested on June 21st in Fort Worth, Texas. Interpol issued a red notice from Sri Lanka for fraud.

– 44-year-old Sergei Levchenko, from Russia, was arrested on June 21st in Miami, Florida. A red notice from Russia was issued for fraud.

– 36-year-old Jose Angel Vanegas, from El Salvador, was arrested on June 23rd in Houston, Texas. An Interpol red notice from El Salvador was issued for gang participation and aggravated homicide.

Federal authorities are on the hunt for two additional fugitives, one of whom is a Nicaraguan native, 34-year-old David Ernesto Perez-Viales, who was last seen in Miami and has a red notice for aggravated rape.

The second fugitive has been identified as 31-year-old Andrew Andreyevich Vikhrev, of Belarus, who has a red notice for drug trafficking and was last seen in Brooklyn, New York. Both individuals are on ICE’s most wanted list.

The process of capturing the fugitives took place from June 21 until June 23, according to officials.

ICE agents said they have transferred approximately 1,789 foreign fugitives from the United States, who were wanted in their countries for severe crimes. Their responsibilities also include the deportation of criminals and other immigrants. Within the past year, agents have removed 235,413 of these criminals from the U.S.

According to Breitbart Texas, a violent gang member of the MS-13 group, who was wanted for crimes committed in El Salvador, was finally extradited back in April. Just weeks later, 87 undocumented criminals and gang members were detained in Nevada as part of a five-day operation.

Geoffrey S. Shank, Interpol Washington Director, said in a statement,“For more than a decade, Interpol Washington and ICE have partnered to share critical law enforcement investigative information to keep fugitives off our streets.”

Shank added: “The level of cooperation and partnership exemplified throughout Project Red II are a reflection of the achievements made possible when law enforcement agencies collaborate to ensure our nation and world are a safer place.”

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