A Mexican national convicted of rape and a citizen of El Salvador convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter are among the 162 aliens taken into custody earlier this week during a three-day enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, and aliens released back in to the community after detainers filed by ICE with local law enforcement officials were ignored. Continue reading
Luis Flores-Mendoza of Santa Ana pleaded guilty last year to impersonating a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and threatening to deport a woman if she didn’t give him money. He was sentenced on Monday to eight months in prison, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Flores-Mendoza was initially arrested and charged in state court in July of 2016 after an investigation by the Placentia Police Department. Continue reading
Federal authorities served warrants at multiple sites including some in Santa Ana and Anaheim on Thursday morning, April 26, arresting seven people and seizing a sizable haul of contraband, according to the O.C. Register.
According to a criminal complaint, several transactions involving guns and drugs took place at the Santa Ana home. A man and woman were seen taken away in restraints at the location. A third man was detained then released. There were also four children at the home during the raid, according to ABC. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 5, 2018
SANTA ANA, California – Three Orange County men have been charged in a scheme to use the synthetic opioid fentanyl and a similar drug to manufacture and distribute counterfeit pharmaceutical pills designed to look like brand-name oxycodone pills.
A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in United States District Court alleges that the men obtained fentanyl and an analogue called cyclopropyl fentanyl through internet suppliers, used a pill press to make counterfeit pills, and distributed the narcotics through the mails, often arranging sales through a darknet marketplace. Continue reading
Senator Janet Nguyen Alerts Residents to New Identification Requirements to Board Domestic Flights
(Garden Grove, CA) State Senator Janet Nguyen is informing California residents that beginning January 22, 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be offering REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards. As mandated by the REAL ID Act of 2005, a REAL ID, U.S. Passport or military ID will be required by the federal government to board domestic flights or to access some federal facilities starting on October 1, 2020.
“If you use your driver’s license or ID card to get through airport security or to access a federal facility this will soon change,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “As a state, we are working diligently to meet the new standards set by the federal government and will be making available REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards at all DMV locations throughout the State of California.” Continue reading
In January 2017, the city of Santa Ana declared it was a Sanctuary City and would not assist US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Additionally, the ICE contract to use the Santa Ana jail was also cancelled so they no longer hold ICE Detainees in the jail. It has since been replaced with a US Marshall’s contract to use the jail.
Many in our city praised the city council for protecting our undocumented committee. While others raised concerns that the city could be putting itself in danger of losing millions of dollars in Federal Funding and Grants that the city depends on to operate. Continue reading
SANTA ANA, California – A Garden Grove man who worked for the United States Postal Service for more than two decades was sentenced today to 75 months in federal prison for stealing thousands of credit cards from the U.S. Mail and selling the credit cards on the black market.
Chinh Vuong, 49, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who also ordered the defendant to pay $325,085 in restitution to Chase Bank USA and American Express. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA, CA — On Monday, November 20, 2017, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick issued a court order that permanently blocked President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to deny funding to cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, sometimes referred to as “sanctuary cities”. The lawsuits were brought forth by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara, challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
SANTA ANA, CA – September 20-21, 2017
Together with multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the Santa Ana Police Department conducted a large-scale fugitive apprehension sweep throughout the City of Santa Ana over a two-day operation dubbed “Operation Clean Sweep”. The operation occurred in conjunction with the recently created partnership between the Santa Ana Police Department and US Marshals Service. Given the scope of this important initiative, the operation included personnel from the Santa Ana Police Department, US Marshals Service, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, State of California Parole and Orange County Probation Offices. Nearly 200 subjects with outstanding warrants for robberies, assaults, sex crimes, and parole and probation violations were targeted. Continue reading
Mark Vladimir Prizmic, a 19-year-old Realtor from Anaheim, California, was recently appointed by president Trump to serve as the new board member of the Orange County Selective Service System (SSS) Board.
According to the official site of the United States Government: Selective Service System, the mission statement of the SSS is “to furnish manpower to the Defense Department during a national emergency, to manage alternative service for men classified as conscientious objectors, and to register, with only a few exceptions, all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants residing in the United States who are ages 18 through 25…”. Continue reading
Agents of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit raided the Euclid Market, located at 630 Euclid St D, Santa Ana, on Wednesday morning, May 3, according to the O.C. Register.
The Federal agents had a search warrant related to an alleged $2 million food-stamp fraud. It was alleged that the owners of the Euclid Market, Jose Garcia Olivo and Johanna Garcia (a father and his daughter), wrongly pocketed $2M since January of 2014, by paying individuals cash in exchange for charging those individuals’ Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, instead of actually selling food. Continue reading
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2017
$50 million included in Congressional funding package for O.C.’s first modern streetcar
ORANGE – Plans to build Orange County’s first modern streetcar took another step forward Monday with the announcement that the project will receive $50 million from the federal government, according to a deal struck by Congressional leaders.
The inclusion of the OC Streetcar in the Congressional funding package, expected to be signed by the President, is another strong indicator of federal support for the streetcar project, which will run through the heart of Orange County in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Continue reading
Cutting off your nose to spite your face is an expression that dates back to the 12th century. It is thought to be derived from legends of pious women who disfigured themselves in order to protect their virginity. Today it has come to mean a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem. “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face” is a warning against acting in a way that would damage oneself more than address the subject of your concern.
The previous Santa Ana City Council cut off its nose, and by extension the nose of the city, by giving in to the bullying of a small group of outside agitators and refusing to comply with the federal contract with ICE which is a legal agreement in place with the city. Rather than considering the drastic implications of allowing ICE to remove inmates from the jail, the previous council provoked the cancellation of a contract that could have kept the facility operating for years to come, provided fiscal stability to the city and saved union jobs. Continue reading
Sheriff Hutchens Clarifies OCSD’s Role in Immigration Enforcement
SANTA ANA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017) – As immigration policy has taken front and center over the past few weeks, debate continues and questions from the public proliferate. As your Sheriff, I do not determine immigration policy, and I will leave discussion on the merits of proposals to the Congress and the President. However, I want to clarify the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s role in the enforcement of immigration law.
Enforcing immigration law is a federal government responsibility. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department does not play a role in the enforcement of these laws, and it is not part of our primary mission. As we patrol our communities, deputies are focused on criminal violations of state and local law. We enforce these laws equally, without bias, and without regard for one’s immigration status. In carrying out our duties, we do not ask the immigration status of suspects, witnesses, or those who call to report crimes. To reiterate: The Sheriff’s Department will provide for your safety and respond to your call for service without concern for your immigration status. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 27, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the formation of the U.S. Department of Justice Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
The Task Force was formed pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety and will be chaired by the Deputy Attorney General. Task Force members will be drawn from relevant Department components, and will include the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Director of the FBI and the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). Continue reading