7/21: Bradley County, TN Deputy Sheriff makes traffic stop, then calls ICE
- Missing Truck Located In Tennessee
Bradley County Deputy Sheriff makes traffic stop,
then calls ICE agents
By H. Nelson Goodson
El Conquistador Newspaper
3206 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
conquistador@...Date: July 21, 2006
Milwaukee- Jorge Guzman stopped by El
Conquistador Newspaper a week ago to discuss the
disappearance of a 1998 Toyota truck, in or
around Cleveland, Tennessee.
An incident happened on May 13, that involved
agents from ICE on a traffic violation stop. Mr.
Wenceslao Garcia, 45, was stopped in Tennessee
for a traffic violation on Highway 75 by Deputy
Shane McKee of the Bradley Sheriff's Department
Deputy McKee on the traffic stop asked Garcia, if
he was a U.S. citizen. When Garcia refuse to
answer, Deputy McKee called Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and they
responded to the scene.
By the way, Deputy McKee did not give Garcia a
traffic citation for a tailgating violation while
driving on the highway. He was taken into custody
by ICE agents and was then later deported.
Although, Garcia had a valid Wisconsin Driver's
license and other documents with him.
Garcia from Mexico, and the Allco Credit Union
authorized Guzman to go to Tennessee and recover
the truck. When Guzman arrived in Tennessee in
early June, he went to the facility where Garcia
had been detained and no records indicated where
the truck had been taken too. Garcia could not
recall exactly where he was stopped or which
county sheriff’s department in the area had
stopped him on the highway. But, that a sheriff’s
deputy had taken the truck keys from him,
according to Garcia. Authorities could not locate
the truck in storage or that it had been towed or
where Garcia had been picked up.
Guzman went to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s
Department in Chattanooga and they too could not
fine any record of the truck. He returned to
Milwaukee empty handed.
Two months later, Guzman contacted El
Conquistador Newspaper and we contacted the
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff
John Cupp authorized an inquiry about the May
incident. Sheriff Cupp felt that it was unusual
for a truck to disappear in this type of
circumstances. The Hamilton Sheriff’s Department
informed El Conquistador that they found that the
Bradley County Sheriff’s Department was involved
in Garcia’s traffic violation stop and indeed ICE
agents responded to assist in his detention.
El Conquistador contacted Bradley County Sheriff
Dan Gilley and he did confirmed the 1998 Toyota
truck was being stored in a safe place. The truck
had been stored for over 67 days and a charge of
$110 towing fee and a $15.00 a day storage fee
was being accumulated daily, according to the
towing company representative. The truck
apparently did not appear in the computer system
for other law enforcement agencies to locate it.
Lieutenant Brian Quinn from the Bradley County
Sheriff’s Department said, that Garcia was sent a
certified letter in June to his Milwaukee address
from the storage company who towed the truck from
the highway. He had two months to pick up the
truck or it would be auction off to pay for the
fee’s, explained Lt. Quinn. Ironically, Garcia
had been deported to Mexico from Tennessee. The
truck is valued at more than $5,000.
El Conquistador Newspaper sent an inquiry to the
U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services in
Memphis, Tennessee asking the following
Does the federal government allow county deputies
or local law enforcement officials to enforce
immigration laws while enforcing local or state
traffic violations? Why is the deputy asking
Latinos, (in this case) if they are U.S. citizens
while he makes a traffic stop violation? Has the
Bradley County Sheriff's Department been granted
federal authority to enforce immigration laws
while patrolling local highways or streets?
Any information or reference to current specific
federal laws allowing this type of practices by
local officials should be cited. El Conquistador
Newspaper would also like to know, where these
local law enforcement officials get their
authority to enforce immigration laws? The U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, and the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
representatives have yet to respond or to grant
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