ICE arrests man released by Meck Co sheriff

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Jose Barajas-Diaz

MECKLENBURG — Federal agents have arrested an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was released from custody by Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office after being convicted of felony death by motor vehicle in a drunken-driving incident. Jose Barajas-Diaz was arrested by ICE on Friday, one week after the sheriff’s office refused to honor an ICE detainer and released him from custody.

Barajas-Diaz was convicted on Oct. 24 and given a five-year suspended sentence with credit for time served. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office then refused to honor the ICE detainer and released him into the community.