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While President Obama advocates comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration laws and sanctuary cities throughout America provide safe havens for illegal alien criminals, two more illegals were arrested in the heartland.

Ricardo Castaneda, 33, and Humberto Erazo-Medrano, 42 were arrested in Albertville, Alabama an hour northeast of Birmingham in connection with an “ongoing sex trade operation,” according to a police department spokesman. The countries of origin of the two were not released by the authorities.

The raid on a residence was carried out by Albertville police, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies, the FBI and the Dept. of Homeland Security pursuant to search warrant.

Although police did not divulge details, an official press release stated, “Officers and agents located multiple items which supported suspicions of an ongoing sex trade operation at the residence.”

The warrant was issued as part of a joint operation by the local and federal law enforcement entities in their efforts to bust a multi-state prostitution ring.

This is not the first time Alabama has had to deal with criminal activity of this nature committed by illegal immigrants. In 2015, 27-year-old Ramiro Ajualip confessed to the rape of a ten-year-old girl, but the story was not covered on the national level at the time.

In September, 29 people were arrested in 13 cities within eight states as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers headquartered in Savannah arrested 29 people in 13 cities and eight states on sex trafficking charges throughout the southeast.

The arrest came as a result of a 15-month investigation, “Operation Safe Haven,” which a targeted brothels trafficking Hispanic females, at least one of which was a minor at the time.

The traffickers were charged with coordinating the travel of Latinas from Mexico and Central America across the U.S. border to brothels in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

Individuals charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

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