U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 82 people from 26 nations during a five-day operation in metropolitan D.C., according to NBC owned and operated station WRC.
Sixty-eight of the people arrested between March 26 and March 30 had previous criminal convictions for crimes like armed robbery, larceny and drug addiction, said ICE in a statement. All but three were arrested in Virginia.
Included in the arrests were a 50-year-old second lieutenant in command of the Somalian National Security Service, known for its human rights abuses, and a 47-year-old Ethiopian national convicted of felony cocaine distribution.
According to ICE, two people arrested had ties to the Central American MS-13 gang, which has been linked to several murders in the D.C. area — including the killing of a 15-year-old girl.
Eight of those arrested had no known criminal records, other than overstaying visas or ignoring final orders to leave the country.
SOURCE: NBC News