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ICE confirms 12 detained after fleeing RPD


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At least 12 of 21 individuals who fled from Roswell Police during a traffic stop early Monday were in the country illegally.

The 12 people were transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency responsible for interior enforcement of immigration laws, Monday following their arrests, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said in an email Thursday.

The individuals apprehended consisted of three Guatemalans — including two juveniles — and nine adult Mexican nationals, according to the email.

The two Guatemalan juveniles are now in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for the care of unaccompanied migrant children who enter the U.S.

One of the Mexican nationals is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and faces criminal charges for illegal reentry into the U.S. According to the press release, an individual who reenters the U.S. after having been deported can, if convicted, face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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The other eight Mexicans and one Guatemalan national remain in the custody of ICE pending immigration proceedings, the release states.

Because of the ongoing investigation, the spokesperson would not disclose the identities of the individuals in custody or any other information about them.

The 12 were among 21 people in an SUV stopped on South Main Street and Brasher Road at about 3 a.m. Monday for traveling south in northbound lanes.

After stopping in a convenience store parking lot at the officer’s request, the SUV pulled away. All 21 people then fled the vehicle on foot, and 12 of them were caught by police later that morning.

ICE has since taken over the investigation. No information was released on the identities or backgrounds of the nine individuals still at large.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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