Secure Communities Arrest

Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. January 7, 2011 - A recent arrest of a shoplifting suspect led to a “hit” on the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Secure Communities program. After booking in and fingerprinting Ceasar Martin Lopez for a City of Canton charge, deputies received a notification from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Lopez had been deported by Border Patrol agents in 1999 under the name of Victor Ponse-Contreras. Lopez remains in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with an ICE hold.

Secure Communities is a comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of criminal aliens from the United States. Every person booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center is automatically compared against the databases of The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI. If an individual enters the Cherokee County Jail that is wanted by ICE, an agent will contact a deputy in the jail to place a “hold” on the individual.




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