ICE locates, arrests sex offender after NC county refuses to honor detainer
Udiel Aguilar-Castellanos, an unlawfully present Mexican national subject to a final order of removal issued by a federal immigration judge in January 2015, was arrested at his Carrboro, North Carolina, residence Monday morning by a Raleigh-based ICE Fugitive Operations Team.
Mr. Aguilar-Castellanos pleaded guilty June 27 in Orange County to two counts of sexual battery and was required to register as a sex offender as part of his plea agreement. His victim is a pre-teen minor female. That same day, Orange County authorities released him from local custody without notifying ICE – ignoring an immigration detainer filed by ICE in September 2017 when Aguilar-Castellanos was initially charged.
While ICE attempted to keep track of Mr. Aguilar-Castellanos’s case, local officials did not provide the agency with updates and ICE was therefore unaware of his June 27 release from Orange County custody until he registered with Orange County as a sex offender July 11, which immediately prompted ICE to begin efforts to locate him in the community. Those efforts culminated in the arrest of Mr. Aguilar-Castellanos at his Carrboro residence early Monday.
After remaining an immigration fugitive for more than two years, Mr. Aguilar-Castellanos is now in ICE custody pending his removal from the U.S.
Through the first half of FY18, more than two-thirds of all persons arrested by ICE are convicted criminals. Of the remaining individuals, approximately 60 percent of those individuals came into ICE custody following their criminal arrest – reflecting the agency’s continued prioritization of its limited enforcement resources on aliens who pose the greatest threat to public safety.
In addition to his sexual battery conviction Mr. Aguilar-Castellanos also has a 2014 conviction for driving while intoxicated.
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