Immigration raids result in arrests of Rome, NWGA residents

Several people living in Dalton, Chatsworth and Rome have been arrested and put on Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds for deportation, officials said. The arrests were made with the help of the Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force, said Maj. John Gibson with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, and all are in the Whitfield County Jail awaiting deportation.

“This was actually a federal operation, the rounding up of illegals here and then shipping them back out,” said Gibson.

Steve Peluso of the Dalton ICE office said a Detention Removal Unit that deals with fugitives out of the Atlanta ICE office made the arrests.

“We’ve had a fugitive operations team in the area, arresting folks with final orders of removal,” said Temple Black, a spokesman for the Detention Removal Unit. Those arrested by the team have been ordered to leave the country by an immigration judge but have failed to comply, according to a news release Black sent out.

Black would not give specifics as to why each of the 10 were arrested in northwest Georgia. The release said fugitive operations teams “give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and community safety, including members of transnational street gangs, child sex offenders and aliens with prior convictions for violent crimes.”

Arrested were:

Pedro Francisco Alonzo, 55, 1104 Walston St.,

Apt. 106,


a native of Guatemala

Aracely Canales, 36,

703 Hampton Court,

Apt. 16,

Dalton (El Salvador)

F.Javier Hurtado L. 31,

207 W. Long St.,



Miguel Monzon,

514 Burnett Ferry Road,



Eliseo Perez Ramirez,

2190 Leonard Bridge Rd.



Alfonso Torres,

505 Willowdale Rd.


(original country unknown)

David R. Sanchez

1116 Willowdale Rd.



Maximiliano Hernandez Alvarado, 47,

of Old Grade Road, Apt. 1,

in Dalton,

formerly of El Salvador

Angel Santizo-Perez, 22,

of 2048 Mimosa St.

in Dalton

(El Salvador)

Mauricio Perez V. 32,

of 514 Burnett Ferry Rd

in Rome


The Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force consists of agents from the FBI and ICE and officers from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Dalton Police Department and Calhoun Police Department.