Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
April 27, 2017
It has been an interesting fourth full week in the month of April when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest.
This week we take a look at for your radio listeners for a second time this month illegal aliens who transport illicit drugs up Interstate-5 (I-5).
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper stopped a 1996 Ford Taurus with a California license plate for a turn signal violation on I-5, near mile post 243, which is located in Marion County, Oregon. The two occupants of the Ford Taurus were the driver Arturo Lua Carbajal, age 47, and the passenger Ernesto Chavez-Cruz, age 54.
The OSP Trooper, suspecting criminal activity, requested consent to search the Taurus which was apparently granted by the men.
Searching the vehicle OSP discovered 14 pounds of Methamphetamine in a garbage bag in the trunk of the car.
Discovering the meth, the OSP arrested Arturo Lua Carbajal (SID: 22258967) and Ernesto Chavez-Cruz (SID: 22259962) and transported them to the Marion County Correctional Facility (MCCF) located in Salem, Oregon where both men were incarcerated on the charges of Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine.
Wanting to know the immigration status of Arturo Lua Carbajal and Ernesto Chavez-Cruz, I contacted via e-mail on Monday, April 17, 2017 Northwest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Spokesperson Rose M. Richeson.
Four days later, on Friday, April 21, 2017 here is what ICE Spokesperson Richeson had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on the alleged drug traffickers:
“These statements can be attributed to me – Rose Richeson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson: On April 7, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer against Arturo Lua-Carabal, who is currently being held in the Marion County Jail. The detainer requests that authorities notify ICE prior to Mr. Lua’s release enabling ICE to take custody and pursue possible administrative immigration enforcement action. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate Mr. Lua is a Mexican national who was repatriated to Mexico 17 times between 2011 to 2014.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate Ernesto Chavez-Cruz is a Mexican national who was repatriated to Mexico twice in 2001. ” – Rose M. Richeson
Summation of the preceding information:
Mexican national Arturo Lua-Carabal has been repatriated to his country of origin 17 times between the years 2011 and 2014. During Arturo Lua-Carabal’s 18th known time in the U.S. on April 5, 2017 he was arrested on various drug charges for allegedly being the driver of a car transporting 14 pounds of Methamphetamine up I-5 in a section of the freeway located in Marion County, Oregon.
On April 7th ICE lodged an immigration detainer request on Arturo Lua-Carabal who is currently incarcerated at the MCCF which is located in Salem Oregon. Arturo Lua-Carabal’s bail on the jail’s website is listed at $1,000,000.00.
Mexican national Ernesto Chavez-Cruz has been repatriated to his country of origin twice in 2001. During Ernesto Chavez-Cruz’s 3rd known time in the U.S. on April 5, 2017 he was arrested on various drug charges relating to being a passenger in a car allegedly transporting significant quantity of Methamphetamine up I-5 in a section of the freeway located in Marion County, Oregon.
According to a source close to the case, Ernesto Chavez-Cruz was released from the Marion County Correctional Facility before ICE was made aware of his arrest and/or presence at the jail, so ICE did not have the opportunity to lodge an immigration detainer on him.
To the best of my knowledge, Ernesto Chavez-Cruz is not at this time in the custody of any federal, state or county law enforcement agency.
A troubling fact, the MCCF does not contact ICE when individuals with immigration detainers are released from the jail.
An example of the MCCF not honoring immigration detainers was exposed in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report For Recorded Declined Detainers Jan. 28 – Feb 3, 2017.
The ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report revealed that on December 30, 2016 ICE issued to the MCCF an immigration detainer on a Mexican national convicted of Indecent Exposure; on January 31, 2017 the MCCF declined the ICE immigration detainer on the individual.
Lars, the fourth full week of April and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 radio listeners.