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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

August 11, 2003

Boston ICE Agents Arrest 5 Criminal Fugitives

Boston, MA—Agents of the Boston Field Office of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 5 criminal fugitives in Massachusetts. Four of those arrested were from Cambodia and one was from Azerbaijan.

All of the fugitives arrested have a history of violent criminal activity. Their criminal convictions include: Murder, Second Degree, Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping, Malicious Wounding, Unlawful Wounding, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Knife, Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun. Each is also in violation of a removal order issued by an Immigration Judge, which enabled the agents from ICE’s Detention and Removal Unit to apprehend them.

"Removing fugitive criminal aliens is a high priority for us," said Bruce Chadbourne, interim Field Office Director for Boston ICE Detention & Removal. "ICE is committed to reducing the number of dangerous criminals hiding in Massachusetts communities. We will continue to locate, apprehend and remove criminal aliens who have no legal right to remain in our country."

Agents and officers of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Massachusetts State Police Compliance Unit, Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted ICE in this operation.

The arrests, completed a little more than a week ago, are a result of the National Fugitive Operations Initiative. The aim of the effort is to reduce the number of alien "absconders" in the United States. Absconders are foreign national who have been ordered removed by an immigration judge, but have failed to comply with that order.

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