Of the 116 foreign nationals arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more than a dozen were arrested in the Muskogee area during 2012, according to a media release.
Three of the worst offenders arrested by the Tulsa Enforcement and Removal Operations officers include the following:
• A 41-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in October in Muskogee. His criminal history includes convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, altering a firearm serial number, domestic assault and battery in presence of a minor, and unlawfully possessing a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was deported Dec. 1.
• A 44-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in February 2012 at a residence in Tahlequah. He had been deported twice. In the late 1980s, he began building an extensive history of arrests and or convictions to include second-degree murder, manslaughter, forgery, battery, aggravated assault, possessing methamphetamine, domestic battery, possessing cocaine, possessing drug paraphernalia, obstructing government operations, and possessing a false alien registration form. After being arrested by ERO Tulsa officers, he was prosecuted for illegally re-entering the United States and sentenced to four years in federal prison. He will again be deported after he completes his prison term.
• A 58-year-old man from Mexico was arrested in January 2012 at his home in Muldrow. He had conviction for first-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing a man. He was deported in March 2012.
The number of those arrested: Muskogee, 12; Tahlequah, three; Stilwell, two; Hulbert, one; and Peggs, one.