Brasilia, Brazil - A 24-year-old man wanted for attempted aggravated murder was removed to Brazil today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Atlanta, Georgia.
Farley Afonson Figueiredo, of Brazil, was arrested in North Charleston, South Carolina, Jan. 26, 2015 following a joint ERO and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operation dubbed "Nowhere to Run." ERO officers and HSI special agents worked closely with the HSI Brasilia Attaché Office and Interpol to track him down.
Figueiredo lawfully entered the United States July 30, 2012 as a B-2 visitor for pleasure. He was granted a six-month stay, but failed to depart as mandated by law. On March 17, 2015, an immigration judge ordered him removed.
Interpol issued a red notice for Figueiredo Dec. 23, 2014, based on an arrest warrant out of Governador Valadares, Brazil.
According to law enforcement officials in Brazil, on April 18, 2011, Figueiredo and an accomplice ordered an individual to purchase narcotics in a neighboring community. When the individual returned with the narcotics, Figueiredo and his accomplice ambushed the individual. Figueiredo allegedly drew a weapon and fired multiple shots at the individual who managed to call police and survived.
“The United States will not be used as a safe haven by individuals wanted for crimes committed abroad,” said acting Field Office Director Corey A. Price, ERO Atlanta. “This case demonstrates ICE’s commitment to track down, arrest and remove those who not only pose a threat to our communities but who are also wanted fugitives.”
Since October 2009, ERO has removed more than 900 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. ERO works with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office of International Operations, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.
In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. In addition to convicted criminals, the agency's enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants – individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE – and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.