ICE nabs 8 in Aspen immigration raid
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” Eight people were arrested on immigration charges by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested who raided an Aspen home Thursday.
The raid was part of an ongoing joint FBI/ICE investigation into fraudulent documents being made at the Spruce Street residence, an ICE spokesman said.
Agents made eight arrests for immigration charges, but information officers with both the FBI and ICE were tight-lipped about the ongoing joint investigation. FBI officials would not divulge where the eight people were taken after the raid, citing safety concerns for the suspects.
John Gates, who witnessed the raid from his home nearby, said he’d seen his neighbors, mostly Latino men, from time to time. The driveway was usually full of vehicles, Gates said, but that the men mostly were quiet.
The Spruce Street house belongs to Delise Donald Lee of Woody Creek, according to records with the Pitkin County Assessor’s Office.
“I was surprised,” Gates said of witnessing the early-morning raid that he said was done quietly and methodically. A handful of agents searched the area around the home, including a Dumpster out front, and an ICE van was on the scene.
Thursday’s search netted some drug paraphernalia, including empty cocaine bindles and a water pipe, which Aspen Police Sgt. Rob Fabrocini, who participated in the raid, said will be destroyed without any related charges.
Agents also found a wallet belonging to a man named Aaron James Calco, which Fabrocini said was stolen five years ago.
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