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BOSTON — Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston removed a Portuguese national wanted in his native country on drug trafficking charges to Portugal June 16.

Iven Henrique Pimentel Travassos, 39, a citizen of Portugal, entered the United States in 2008 as a noncitizen and violated terms of admission.

ERO Boston’s Fugitive Operations Team officers apprehended Pimentel in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, without incident May 11. Portuguese law enforcement authorities want him for drug trafficking charges in the country’s Azores region. He was held until ERO Boston removed him to Portugal June 16.

“I’m proud of the great teamwork that allowed ERO Boston officers to locate, apprehend and remove this convicted drug trafficker from our streets,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “Many families in our communities have been devastated by the impact of the drug epidemic in our region. That’s why this removal of Pimentel, who was convicted and sentenced for drug trafficking in his home country of Portugal, is a great success for our team of dedicated professionals at ERO Boston in our work to protect our community.”

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 3,700 foreign fugitives from the United States who were sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) within the Department of Justice. EOIR is a separate entity from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is removable or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal. Once a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge or other lawful means, ERO officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.

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