Dozens of people around New England were arrested in a 3-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last week.
According to a press release, ICE agents arrested 40 immigration violators from Sept. 20 to 22.
The areas where the arrests were made included Boston, Brighton, Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Mattapan, Woburn, Revere, Somerville and Quincy in Massachusetts; Brentwood, Manchester, Nashua, and Northwood in New Hampshire; East Providence and Providence in Rhode Island; and Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Hartford, and Waterbury in Connecticut.
The agency said those arrested were from countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba and Ecuador.
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Officials said most of those arrested in the raid had prior criminal histories that included convictions for crimes such as assault, burglary, drug trafficking, possession of narcotics, larceny, weapons possession and sex offenses.
"This operation has removed many dangerous individuals from the community and will help contribute to the safety and security throughout the entire region," said Todd M. Lyons, acting field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Boston.