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18 illegal immigrants arrested in Coopersville

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Nov 8, 2017 at 4:38 PM

COOPERSVILLE — Eighteen men were arrested in Coopersville on Tuesday by federal immigration officers, following an ongoing criminal investigation.

Khaalid Walls, spokesperson for the Immigration Control Enforcement (I.C.E.) agency, said in a written statement that “special agents with Homeland Security Investigations, I.C.E.’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, and U.S. Border Patrol arrested 18 unlawfully present foreign nationals Tuesday.”

During the operation, federal agents also executed a search warrant at the business where the arrests took place, Demeester Wood Products.

Thirteen of the men who were arrested are from Guatemala, while five of them are from Mexico. Walls said he did not have any releasable information about where the men who were arrested lived.

The arrested men are ages 20-43 and they currently face “administrative immigration violations,” Walls said. Six of the men are facing potential felony charges for re-entering the country after deportation and are being held in I.C.E. custody.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, Walls added.

Demeester Wood Products is a hardwood and construction company.

In February, one individual in Holland was arrested by I.C.E. officials for federal identity theft charges.

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