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West Virginia Regional Jails Saw 15 ICE-Related Bookings Last Week


A few details are emerging about Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations reported in West Virginia last week.

The state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety provided West Virginia Public Broadcasting Monday with a list of inmates held in regional jails on ICE-related charges.

Records show fifteen people were booked last week in West Virginia regional jails on ICE charges. Fourteen were booked in the South Central Regional Jail, in Charleston, and the other was booked in the Eastern Regional Jail, in Martinsburg. 

Social media was abuzz last week with possible ICE activity in the state. Morgantown and Monongalia County authorities confirmed the federal agency alerted them of operations in the area. 

Officials from those local law enforcement agencies said they did not assist in the operations.

An ICE representative said the agency was conducting “routine targeted enforcement operations” in the Morgantown area last week.

The total number of arrests from those operations is still unknown.