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Monday, June 21, 2010

ICE Raids Throughout Imperial County

June 20, 2010

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents raided homes in the Imperial Valley today.

This was a special section of ICE -- the Violent Criminal Alien Section of the Criminal Alien Program.

The Agents began the early morning with a 5:30 a.m. briefing. They reviewed each fugitive and possible challenges.

The first raid was in Calexico. The suspect was convicted of battery. No one answers the door. A neighbor tells Agents' the family went to Mexicali.

Agent Miguel Munoz explains to News 11 that they send a "lookout" to the Port of Entry officials. This way, they will be detained on their way back into the United States.

But at the second home, Agents had better luck. Truck driver Joaquin Leon Urquiza is there. Urquiza was convicted of negligent discharge of a homemade firearm.

With the suspect's permission, Agents enter the apartment. They take extra precaution because a child is home.

Agents don't enter with their weapons drawn. To the contrary, they do their best to keep the situation calm.

The Agents went to two more homes in Brawley, but the suspects were not home. However, the Agents gave the person home a business card -- a last effort for the suspects to turn themselves in.

The final stop is in Westmorland. It's for a 62 year old man who was convicted of possession of marijuana in 1985. He was also arrested for drug trafficking in 1991, but those charges were dismissed.

For more than 20 years, Anadeto Angulo has been trying to fight the courts and stay in the United States instead of return to Mexico.

However, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave him a final notice to leave the U.S. or else he would be arrested.

That's exactly what happened.

Angulo and Urquiza were processed. They will be given a notice to appear in court and/or be deported.