ICE arrests convicted Mexican felon released from NM jail that does not honor ICE detainers

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 11:23 AM MST

Updated: Jan 25, 2018 11:23 AM MST

ALBUQUERQUE - ICE agents Monday arrested a convicted Mexican felon living in the United States illegally after he was released from a New Mexico jail in a jurisdiction that does not honor ICE detainers.

Luis Talamantes-Acosta, 31, was arrested by officers assigned to the ICE Fugitive Operations Team after he was released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, where he was serving a sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

ICE said Talamantes-Acosta has an extensive criminal history in the US and Mexico.

Talamantes-Acosta was granted a voluntary return to Mexico after he was detained while entering the US illegally on November 8, 2002. After he was sent back, Talamantes-Acosta illegally re-entered the country and ICE encountered him May 15, 2010, while he was detained at the Bernalillo County jail for driving under the influence. ICE officers lodged an immigration detainer, which requests the jail notify ICE before a criminal alien is released for any reason.

On August 19, 2011, an immigration judge ordered Talamantes-Acosta be deported from the country. The Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed his appeal Jan. 29, 2013. Talamantes-Acosta became an ICE fugitive, and on April 8, 2013, the Albuquerque Fugitive Operations Team arrested him. However, he was released pending disposition of his further immigration proceedings.

On October 5, 2016, Talamantes-Acosta was arrested for drug possession and on January 26, 2017, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Talamantes-Acosta was convicted on both charges August 7, 2017.

Talamantes-Acosta also has two criminal convictions for driving under the influence: February 12, 2008, and March 4, 2011.

"ICE officers are making our communities safer every day by arresting criminal aliens when they are released to the streets by local jurisdictions," said William P. Joyce, acting field office director for ERO El Paso.