U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 19 foreign nationals in northwest Washington last week during an operation targeting convicted criminals.
ICE officials said in a news release the arrests of 18 men and one woman were made in Skagit and Whatcom counties over four days last week.
Three people were arrested in Bellingham, two in Ferndale, two in Everson and one in Lynden. Arrests in Skagit County were in Bow, Burlington and Mount Vernon. None of the people arrested were immediately identified.
Federal authorities said the people arrested had criminal histories ranging from drug trafficking to firearms possession. All will go through a deportation process except one person, who is facing a 20-year federal charge for returning to the U.S. after being deported.
Officials say 17 of those taken into custody were from Mexico, one was from Guatemala and one was from El Salvador.
Officials say all the people targeted in the operation met the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s top immigration enforcement priorities including threats to national security, criminal street gang members and convicted felons, among others.