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Austin’s new ICE team nets nearly 200 arrests in first year

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Almost 200 illegal aliens with criminal records have been captured in the Austin area this past year. A special team of federal agents played a key role in those arrests.

A restaurant, near the square in Georgetown is where the latest arrest took place. Efrain Antonio Osorio-Osorio who was working as a cook at the time was wanted for murder. Investigators say the Mexican national had fled to Texas from Maryland after shooting a man over a debt.

"I believe his girlfriend was living in the area, and he took up residences here in the Austin area.

After tracking him to the restaurant, federal agents made a to-go order. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was part of the November 7th operation but the take down also involved agents from a newly created special unit. 

The Austin fugitive operations team is one of 129 created by immigrations and customs enforcement. Since hitting the streets in October of 2012, the team has arrested 198 illegal aliens -- 174 of those who were caught already had criminal histories.

The Department of Homeland Security launched a major a national roundup last year called Operation Cross Check. The crackdown is part of the agency's new strategy to target those who are considered to be high risk offenders, murders, kidnappers, rapists and drug dealers. Austin's growth has made it a popular destination for these dangerous individuals.

"We have targeted some individuals that do have ties to the Mexican cartels and other various continuing criminal enterprises here in the Austin area, and they are otherwise focused on other criminal offenses they commit here in the Austin area."

Before making the arrest in Georgetown, the ICE unit was involved in the arrest of a man who already had a conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Another man had an outstanding warrant for child sex abuse.

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