ICE arrests 18 in Glenwood |

ICE arrests 18 in Glenwood

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Local officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 18 people at the Kum & Go convenience store and gas station at 2510 Gilstrap Court in West Glenwood around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.Tony Rouco, the ICE assistant special agent in charge in Denver, said the group, which included 16 people from Mexico and two from Guatemala, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 in a 1992 Ford conversion van. They made a stop at the West Glenwood convenience store. Rouco said Glenwood Springs ICE officers met the van at the Kum & Go after a Colorado State Patrol officer called to report seeing the van on I-70 earlier Thursday.Rouco said because local officers were swamped, the arrested people were taken to the ICE office in Craig for processing and deportation.The van started its trip in Los Angeles and was headed to Denver, Atlanta and Florida. Rouco said the driver of the van had previously been arrested for immigration violations and deported. Because of his earlier conviction, he was to be transported to Denver for immigration prosecution for re-entering the country. Also included in the group were two children who are U.S. citizens. Because their mother, who was with them in the van, is a Mexican citizen and in the U.S. illegally, Rouco said the children would be deported to Mexico with her. Rouco said the Immigration Naturalization Service, or INS, was disbanded in March 2002, and replaced with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, of which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a department. The Denver branch of ICE recently appointed Jeff Copp as the new special agent in charge for ICE. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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