Sheriffs arrest five men in ICE sweep
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September 22, 2012 01:59 AM | 3157 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Five arrests, including those of three illegal immigrants, were made this week in a sweep for suspects with outstanding warrants by local law enforcement and federal immigration officers.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday to conduct a search for known wanted persons in Cherokee County, according to Capt. Joe Perkins, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

The three suspects who were in the country illegally had previously been deported and re-entered the country, he said.

“From time to time Homeland Security, about once a quarter, collects outstanding warrants and tries to round those up into custody,” Perkins said. “Whenever they have enough warrants and folks they are looking for, this is something that ICE gets together with our officers, and does.”

The North Georgia Major Offender Task Force also helped with the search.

Two of the three illegal immigrants were taken into custody by ICE for deportation. The third remains in custody in Cherokee County.

Two U.S. citizens were also arrested, Perkins said.

Cameron Lee Sengchanh 23, a U.S. citizen, was wanted by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation. He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Blas Jorge Granato 37, also a U.S. citizen and wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation, was arrested in the round-up. Granato has been released on probation, Perkins said.

Juan A. Cerano-Montez, 37, who was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding bench warrant, was also wanted by ICE for illegal re-entry into the U.S. after being deported.

Cerano-Montez was being held without bond for ICE.

Juan Manuel Lucio-Gonzales, age not given, who was wanted by federal authorities in Austin, Texas, on a bench warrant, was a known Zetas gang member, Perkins said.

Lucio-Gonzales’ original charges in Texas were gun smuggling as well as a warrant out of Waller County, Texas, for assault on a public servant.. He was being held with no bond and turned over to ICE;

Martin Heredia-Castro, also taken into custody, was wanted by Kennesaw Police on an outstanding bench warrant for traffic charges. Henedia-Castro is in the country illegally, Perkins said, and was being held without bond for ICE.

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