Sanchez has been previously deported five times to his home country of Mexico and his criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four of which involve narcotics charges, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It was not clear what the other convictions were for.
ICE said in a statement that Sanchez was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department this past March on an outstanding drug warrant and that the department requested that police notify ICE prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody.
However, police did not honor the detainer, ICE said, adding that the case “illustrates the importance of jurisdictions working with ICE in order to avoid needless tragedy in their communities.”
San Francisco PD did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the allegations from ICE.
But the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department said that it had no “legal basis” to hold Sanchez based on a federal immigration detainer, according to the Associated Press.
According to Freya Horne, a lawyer for the Sheriff’s Department, the city only turns over illegal immigrants if there’s an active warrant for their arrest, the AP said.
So he was released on April 15, Horne said.
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