DETROIT, MI – Two citizens of Gambia, a small West African country, have been arrested by Detroit Sector Border Patrol agents near Luna Pier which is located in Monroe County. One subject is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record.
On October 1st, 2020, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Gibraltar Station were dispatched to assist Michigan State Police with a traffic stop near Luna Pie.
Upon arrival, agents encountered two men stating they were citizens of Gambia. Records checks on the pair showed both subjects had overstayed their B2 visas by a combined total of 17 years. The two were transported back to the station for further investigation and identification.
During processing, it was discovered that one subject identified as Salifu Jatta, a 28-year-old national of Gambia, is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal record. In 2017 Jatta plead guilty and was convicted for Grand Larceny in New York County. His record also includes convictions for trespassing, larceny, marijuana – sell, public order crimes, and marijuana possession. He also has numerous other felony charges still pending out of New York. Jatta has been living in the United States illegally for the past seven years after overstaying his B2 visa he entered on.
The second subject was identified as a 36-year-old man of Gambia, who has also been living in the United States illegally for past 10 years after overstaying his B2 visa he entered on.
“We have removed a hardened criminal from the streets of America,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Jon Rodrigue. “This arrest is the result of law enforcement teamwork and should be commended.”
The two subjects are currently being charged with violating 8 USC 1182.
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