SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 19 foreign nationals in northern Washington were arrested during an operation targeting convicted criminals.

ICE officials said in a news release the arrests of 18 men and one woman were made in Skagit and Whatcom counties over four days last week.

Those arrested had criminal histories ranging from drug trafficking to firearms possession. All but one facing federal prosecution will go through a deportation process.

Officials say 17 of those taken into custody were originally from Mexico, one was from Guatemala and one was from El Salvador.

Officials say all the people targeted in the operation met the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s top immigration enforcement priorities including threats to national security, criminal street gang members and convicted felons, among others.

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