Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
March 24, 2017
It has been an interesting fourth full week in the month of March when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest.
This week we take a look at for your radio listeners illegal aliens who deal drugs in the State of Washington.
On Thursday, March 16, 2017 members of the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force executed search warrants as a result of an investigation of individuals dealing drugs in Clark County, Washington. After serving the search warrants, Drug Task Force members found and seized approximately 11.25 pounds of heroin and $51,000 in cash. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $250,000.
Drug Task Force Detectives’ arrested Jose Carlos Vega-Rivera, age 30, Luis Armando Morales-Garcia, age 31, and Karen Moreno-Arrelanas, age 23, all three individuals were residents of Vancouver, Washington.
These individuals were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver heroin. The three alleged drug dealers were booked into the Clark County Jail.
Wanting to know immigration status of Jose Carlos Vega-Rivera, Luis Armando Morales-Garcia and Luis Armando Morales-Garcia, I contacted via e-mail on March 20, 2017 Northwest Immigration and Customs (ICE) Spokesperson Rose M. Richeson.
Three days later, on March 23, 2017 here is what ICE Spokesperson Richeson had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on the three alleged drug dealers:
“Please see answers to your questions on the three individuals below:
On March 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer against Jose Carlos Vega-Rivera, who is currently being held in the Clark County Jail. The detainer requests that authorities notify ICE prior to Mr. Vega’s release to enable ICE to take custody to pursue possible administrative immigration enforcement action. DHS databases indicate Mr. Vega is a Mexican national who was never lawfully admitted to the U.S. He had a prior felony conviction in Arizona in 2010 for alien smuggling and has been repatriated to Mexico six times between 2009 to 2015.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate Luis Armando Morales-Garcia is a Mexican national who was never lawfully admitted to the U.S. He was originally arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in June 2004 and repatriated to Mexico the same day. Following a federal criminal conviction in Arizona, Mr. Morales was removed to Mexico in 2016. Earlier this month, he was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody following his arrest on local criminal charges. Mr. Morales remains in ICE custody at this time pending removal to Mexico.
On March 17, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer against Karen Arellanas-Moreno, who is currently being held in the Clark County Jail. The detainer requests that local authorities notify ICE prior to Ms. Arellanas’ release so ICE can arrange to take her into custody in order to pursue possible administrative immigration enforcement action. DHS databases indicate Ms. Arellanas has not been subject to any prior immigration removal actions.” – Rose M. Richeson.
A troubling fact, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated March 20, 2017 titled “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report” since April 2014 the Clark County Jail will not honor an ICE detainer unless ICE provides an affidavit of probable cause.
The DHS report discloses that the Clark County Jail declined February 2, 2017 an immigration detainer on a Mexican national charged with assault.
Let us hope for the sake of the public safety of your radio listens in Clark County that the Chief Jail Deputy changes the jail’s policy of not honoring immigration detainers, moreover, notifies ICE agents before possibly releasing any of the three alleged drug dealers mentioned in this report, so ICE agents can immediately take them into custody when they are released from the jail.
Lars, the fourth full week of March and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 radio listeners.