The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says agents from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) unit have deported two Jamaican nationals, who are both wanted in their home country to face criminal charges.
On Wednesday, ICE said that Dwayne Thomas, 35, is wanted to face murder charges, and Mwando Lloyd Pryce, 31, is wanted to face charges of robbery, attempted murder and wounding with intent.
They were removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations Charter flight and transferred into the custody of Jamaican law enforcement authorities.
“These two sought refuge in New York City communities, shielding themselves from Jamaican authorities seeking their apprehension for violent criminal offences,” said Thomas R Decker, field office director for ERO New York.
ICE said it had previously deported Thomas to Jamaica in June 2011 following a conviction for attempted assault.
According to ICE, Jamaican law enforcement authorities, later in 2011, arrested Thomas for murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Thomas illegally returned to the US on an unknown date and place, ICE said.
On March 27, 2017, it said Thomas failed to appear in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, and was believed to have escaped to the US.
On the same date, ICE said Interpol Kingston issued an Interpol Red Notice for Thomas, seeking his arrest for murder and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.