Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 280 illegal aliens in a monthlong investigation that stretched across Kentucky and five other states.
The investigation, which began May 18 and ended Saturday, is the latest effort by ICE to prioritize the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens, according to an ICE news release. The other arrests were in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri. The 272 men and eight women arrested are from 22 countries.
Twenty-five men were arrested Kentucky — 16 in Louisville; one each in Bowling Green, Eminence, Georgetown, Lexington and Shelbyville; and two each in Versailles and Lebanon.
All 280 have been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall with within ICE's enforcement priorities for deportation. Their convictions include aggravated robbery, armed robbery, drug possession, burglary, aggravated drunken driving, illegal possessing a weapon by a felon, battery, hit-and-run, and drug trafficking, the release said.