A handful of Washington County residents were met by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent early Friday morning.
“On May 25, as part of an operation to protect public safety, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement went to a trailer in Springfield to locate an illegal alien from Mexico who had been arrested for driving drunk,” according to Gail Montenegro, spokeswoman for ICE. “While executing that operation, ICE also encountered four additional nationals of Mexico and Guatemala residing in the United States illegally. All five are currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”
Springfield City Police Officer Charlie Osbourn said he received a call around 6:30 a.m. from the Washington County Deputy Sheriff, who was with the ICE agent, asking for assistance in locating a hispanic male.
“Come to find out, the one they were looking for had been arrested here about a week or so ago for DUI,” Osbourn said.
The ICE agent and the deputy sheriff wanted to know if Osbourn could help locate the subject.
So, Osbourn took them to trailer No. 30 at 970 Perryville Road.
He said that the ICE agent knocked on the door and went in. Everything he said to the five subjects inside was spoken in Spanish, Osbourn said.
“So, he just pretty much told them, ‘Tell me which one I’m looking for, which one of you is him, or I’ll take you all,’” Osbourn said. “They didn’t cooperate, so he just took all five of them. All five of them were illegal.”
Osbourn said none of the subjects had paperwork or IDs. Or, if they did, they didn’t give them to the ICE agent.
He said the agent was taking the subjects to Louisville for processing. After that, Osbourn said he wasn’t sure what would happen.