5 arrested in Abilene as part of 3-day ICE operation


ABILENE, Texas - Five people in Abilene were arrested by federal officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of a three-day effort that nabbed 75 undocumented immigrants.

According to ICE, the operation took place from April 1 to April 3 and involved officers from north Texas and Oklahoma. Arrests were made in cities all across north Texas and Oklahoma, including the five in Abilene and two others in San Angelo. Their identities haven't been released.

ICE says all of the foreign nationals who were targeted by the operation had prior criminal convictions, and 52 of them had histories of crimes including aggravated assault, burglary, child abuse, possession of dangerous drugs, drug trafficking, DUI, larceny, and more. Twenty-four of them had DUI convictions.

ICE tells KTXS that two of the people arrested in Abilene were non-criminals but were encountered during the targeted operation. Of the three others, one was convicted of assault, one was convicted of driving under the influence, and the other was convicted of felony marijuana possession.

According to a news release from ICE, 92 percent of the 240,255 removals conducted in 2016 involved people previously convicted of a crime.