ERO Newark arrests Brazilian fugitive sentenced to 15 years for murder


NEWARK, N.J. — On March 3, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark arrested a citizen and national of Brazil in Newark who was subject to a foreign arrest warrant and is wanted in Brazil to serve 15 years and six months in prison for murder.


The fugitive entered the U.S. without admission or parole on an unknown date and location.

“This case shows ERO’s value to the community at large,” said ERO Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris. “Because of our officers’ efforts, a convicted murderer has been taken off the streets and increased safety throughout our community.”

On Jan. 26, 2010, the Pennsauken Police Department arrested the subject for possessing a controlled, dangerous substance. On Sept. 28, 2010, the Pennsauken Municipal Court convicted the fugitive of having a controlled, dangerous substance and issued fines.

On Sept.18, 2018, ERO Newark officers encountered the subject, who was detained at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark and lodged an immigration detainer with the facility.

Two days later, ERO Newark arrested the subject upon release from Essex County Correctional Facility and served them with a Notice to Appear violating the Immigration and Nationality Act. ERO Newark detained the issue at the same facility pending removal proceedings. On Jan. 24, 2019, the subject was released from ICE custody after posting a bond.

ERO Newark confirmed that the Brazilian Federal Police want the subject for murder. The issue was convicted of felony crimes against life in the state of Goias and sentenced in absentia to 15 years and six months of imprisonment on April 5, 2018.

On March 3, 2023, ERO Newark arrested the subject and placed them in ICE custody without bond pending removal proceedings. The case is currently pending before an immigration court.

In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories, with 198,498 associated charges and convictions. These included 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.

Public members can report crimes and/or suspicious activity by dialing 866-347-2423 or completing the online tip form.

Regardless of nationality, ICE makes custody determinations on a case-by-case basis, following U.S. law and U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy, considering each case’s individual merits and factors.

ERO is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that protects the homeland by arresting and removing those who undermine our communities’ safety and the integrity of our immigration laws.

ERO, a directorate of ICE, upholds U.S. immigration law at, within, and beyond our borders. ERO operations target public safety threats, such as convicted criminal noncitizens and gang members who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-enter the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. ERO deportation officers assigned to Interpol also assist in targeting foreign criminals for crimes committed abroad in the U.S. ERO manages all aspects of the immigration enforcement process, including identification and arrest, detention, bond management, supervised release, transportation, and removal. Additionally, ERO repatriates noncitizens ordered removed from the U.S. to more than 150 countries worldwide.

Learn more about ERO’s public safety mission in your community on Twitter @ERONewark.



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