91 foreign nationals - including some with violent criminal records - were arrested in a five-day sweep across New Jersey.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation netted an El Salvadoran national in West New York who was wanted on a warrant from international policing group Interpol for being a member of the MS-13 gang, and trafficking drugs and guns, ICE said Monday.
The roundup also included those with convictions for aggravated assault, child endangerment, criminal sexual contact, kidnapping, homicide, drug offenses and other crimes, officials said. About 70 of the people arrested were previously convicted of criminal offenses.
"This operation focuses on the arrest of individuals convicted of serious crimes and are a threat to public safety," John Tsoukaris, field office director of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE in Newark, said in a statement. "Because of the targeted efforts of these professional officers, there are 91 fewer criminals in our communities."