MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials say they arrested an unlawfully present Mexican national on Friday, a week after he was released from criminal custody in Mecklenburg County.
ICE officials say they arrested Jose Barajas-Diaz during a targeted enforcement action on Nov. 1, one week after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer, and instead released Barajas-Diaz from local criminal custody.
According to ICE officials, Barajas-Diaz was convicted of felony death by motor vehicle in a car crash where he was arrested for DWI.
Barajas-Diaz was initially arrested Jan. 29, 2019, by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) for driving while impaired and felony death by motor vehicle.
ICE officials say they lodged an immigration detainer against him with Mecklenburg County the following day. Along with the detainer form, ICE officials say they provided the county with an administrative arrest warrant.
Barajas-Diaz was convicted of felony death by motor vehicle in North Carolina Superior Court for Mecklenburg County on Oct. 24, 2019, and given a five-year suspended sentence with credit for time served, according to an ICE press release. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor the ICE detainer and instead released him back into the community.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers were able to locate and arrest him eight days later on Nov. 1, and he is currently in ICE custody while going through removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.
*On January 27, 2019 at 9:43 p.m., the motorcyclist was struck was by the truck being driven by Barajas-Diaz, when the illegal alien made an illegal U-turn on Central Avenue, into the path of the motorcycle. The victim was pinned underneath the truck, and was dragged into a ditch, eventually striking a tree.
As a result, the rider was decapitated and pronounced dead at the scene.