ICE arrests Guatemalan national released from Philadelphia custody with an active detainer


PHILADELPHIA –U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested an illegally present Guatemalan man March 3, who was released from local custody, despite an active ICE immigration detainer filed with local authorities.

On Oct. 10, the Philadelphia Police Department arrested Eduardo Coc-Sep for the criminal offenses of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and other charges. ICE filed an immigration detainer on the same day. On Feb. 3, the Philadelphia Prison System released him back into the community despite the active immigration detainer.

ERO Philadelphia arrested Eduardo Coc-Sep in Philadelphia without incident. He remains in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings before a federal immigration judge.

Coc-Sep was previously arrested in 2018, by U.S. Border Patrol after he illegally entered the U.S. without inspection near El Paso, Texas. He was released with an electronic monitoring device which he subsequently cut off and absconded.