A 25-year-old man with an extensive criminal history who has been repeatedly deported was detained this week in Escondido, police said Thursday.
Jose Vigil Carbajal, 25, was stopped Monday by Escondido police officers for a vehicle-code violation, said police Lt. Craig Carter. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and was scheduled to again be removed from the country. According to ICE, he has been deported 15 times.
Carbajal’s criminal record includes four arrests for driving under the influence, one arrest for hit-and-run and two arrests for driving with a suspended license.
It was the third time that Escondido police have detained Carbajal, Carter said. The first was last November, also for a vehicle-code violation. The second was May 11 for disturbing the peace while attending a party.
In each case, Carbajal was deported after being turned over to ICE officials under a program called Operation Joint Effort. The program, launched in May 2010, partners Escondido police with federal immigration-enforcement officers in an effort to help identify and arrest criminal illegal immigrants.
Since its inception, ICE officials have arrested 539 illegal immigrants who were previously deported, had a criminal history or were ICE fugitives at large.
Among those arrested, 70 had drug convictions, 49 had assault convictions, 13 had sexual assault convictions, 141 had DUI convictions, 43 had theft convictions and 19 had gang-related convictions. Twenty have been arrested in Escondido multiple times.