A murder suspect was among those identified by Harford County ICE-trained correctional officers, authorities say.
BEL AIR, MD — A murder suspect is among 44 people found to be living in the U.S. illegally by Harford County deputies who are trained as immigration officers, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The announcement on Monday came more than a year after the sheriff's office launched a special program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in which some officers were trained to screen people coming through the Harford County Detention Center.
Nine correctional deputies have been trained by ICE, and one more is set to enter training in January, officials said.
Since the program's inception at the Harford County Detention Center last October, 44 people already in custody have been identified as illegally living in the U.S. and meeting the federal priority criteria for removal, officials said.
Crimes they were charged with included second-degree murder, identity theft, fraud, armed robbery and drug possession, according to the sheriff's office. Five of them were tied to gangs, of which four were members of MS-13, according to the sheriff's office, which declined to provide the names of the suspects.