Florida immigration sweeps nab 271; 99 have criminal records

MIAMI (AP) — Immigration officials say 271 people were arrested in a 5-day operation across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Wednesday statement that 99 people had criminal records and the rest had faced other offenses including immigration violations.

Forty-nine of those arrested were considered ICE fugitives, and 39 had been previously deported.

The county with the highest number was Miami-Dade, with 76 arrests while Broward County saw 65 arrests.

The agency highlighted the arrest of a Cuban citizen convicted of attempted murder in 2014, and a Mexican citizen convicted of child exploitation in 2013.

A Haitian man was arrested in Tampa and had several criminal convictions including burglary, prostitution and rape.

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