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Lawyer: Some charges dropped against BC student detained by ICE

ICE responds to allegations
Posted: 3:08 PM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 06:32:36Z

ICE officials are responding to allegations they detained the wrong person when Jose Bello was arrested in May. 

The lawyer representing the Bakersfield College student who was detained by ICE agents last month says his client is not the person ICE agents were looking for. 

23ABC spoke with Win Eaton, Immigration Attorney representing Jose Bello on Thursday.

Eaton said an ICE official told him that Bello is not the person they were looking for, and that Bello has no previous criminal record, nor is believed to be in a gang. Last month Eaton said Bello has a similar name to another person who's three years older than him.

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Bello is still being held at Mesa Verde Detention Facility facing a charge of entering the country without inspection, but the gang charges have been dropped Eaton said Thursday. 

23ABC reached out to ICE to confirm Eaton's claims, they responded in a statement saying the following,

“ICE has reverified through multiple databases that the information initially provided about Jose Bello-Reyes is accurate. ICE has not been presented any other substantiated evidence to suggest the information is incorrect."

Eaton said he could not give 23ABC the name of the ICE official who allegedly confirmed the information, because he got the information from another attorney.