Cecilia DowdNov 13, 2017, 7:46 pmNov 15, 2017, 12:27 pm

Officials: MS-13 member among 25 criminal aliens arrested in ICE sweep

Immigration and Customs Enforcement made the arrests over a 6-day period at the start of this month


BAY SHORE — A major sweep conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement led to the arrest of 25 people, one of whom federal officials say is a member of MS-13.

In Operation Secure Streets, ICE officers targeted people convicted of driving under the influence, removing those who officials say are "public safety threats" from Long Island.

The operation lasted six days and arrests were made largely in Suffolk, Amityville, West Babylon and Bay Shore, among many other locations.

Citing the safety of residents, ICE says it will continue to arrest and remove criminal aliens.

Officials say the criminal histories of those arrested include aggravated DWI, assault, criminal trespass, driving while ability impaired and driving while intoxicated.

The man who is alleged to be a member of MS-13 was arrested in Shirley with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated.

A 31-year-old arrested in Riverhead has a prior conviction of criminal trespass in the 2nd degree and driving while ability impaired. And a 35-year-old arrested in Hempstead was previously removed from the country with a prior conviction of assault in the third degree.

Countries of origin include Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Ukraine.

ICE says those arrested who returned illegally after being deported and those with outstanding orders of deportation are subject to immediate removal from the U.S.

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