FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487
In May of 2010, Escondido Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) teamed up for Operation Joint Effort. Operation Joint Effort is a cooperative effort between Escondido Police Officers and Immigration Customs Enforcement Officers. This program deals with subjects that are lawfully detained and have previously been deported. These individuals will be further screened by ICE Officers working with Escondido Police Officers to determine their status.
Since the program began in May of 2010, ICE has arrested 539 undocumented foreign nationals that have been previously deported, have a criminal history, or are ICE Fugitives at large.
On 7/18/2011, Escondido Police Officers stopped Jose Vigil Carbajal, 25 for a vehicle code violation. It was later determined that Carbajal had an extensive criminal history with four prior DUI’s, one prior Hit and Run and two prior arrests for driving with a suspended license.
Under Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was first contacted on November 10, 1010 by an Escondido Police Officer for a vehicle code violation. As a result of Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was released to ICE and subsequently removed from the country.
Under Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was contacted a second time on May 11, 2011 by Escondido Police Officers for disturbing the peace while attending a party. As a result of Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was released to ICE and subsequently removed from the country.
Under Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was contacted a third time on July 18, 2011 by an Escondido Police Officer for a vehicle code violation. As a result of Operation Joint Effort, Carbajal was released to ICE and is scheduled to again be removed from the country.
According to ICE, Carbajal has been removed on 15 prior occasions.
Of the 539 arrested under Operation Joint Effort, 70 have drug priors, 49 have assault priors, 13 have sexual assault priors, and 141 have drunk driving priors, 43 have theft priors and 19 have gang related priors. Of the 539 arrested, 415 had been previously deported. Twenty of the 415 have been arrested in Escondido multiple times since Operation Joint Effort started in May of 2010.
Operation Joint Effort has been very effective in removing the criminal element from our community. Individuals that have no criminal history and have not been ordered removed from the country are not the focus of this program.