Nearly 200 people were arrested in the Los Angeles area by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers during a five-day operation this week, officials said Thursday.
Some 188 people were arrested during the operation that targeted "criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives," according to ICE. The operation was conducted from Saturday night through Wednesday.
"Of those arrested during the operation … 169, or almost 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions," a statement from the agency read.
The statement revealed a convicted rapist and previously deported cocaine trafficker were two of the people arrested. Forty-three of the arrested individuals had drug offense convictions, and another 30 had been convicted for driving under the influence.
"By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone," said David Marin, field office director for ERO in Los Angeles.
The expanded enforcement operation was led by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations division.