18 arrested near Coopersville for immigration violations

Federal authorities arrest 18 people for immigration violations at Demeester Wood Products near Coopersville. (Courtesy Homeland Security Investigations - Nov. 7, 2017)

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Eighteen people who are in the United States illegally were taken into federal custody at a business east of Coopersville, authorities say.

The arrests were made Tuesday morning after Homeland Security Investigations served a federal search warrant at Demeester Wood Products off 32nd Avenue in Wright Township. Special agents for Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and U.S. Border Patrol arrested the group.

Thirteen of the arrested men are Guatemalan nationals and five are Mexican nationals. All are between the ages of 20 and 43.

All 18 now face administrative immigration violations. Six may face federal felony charges for re-entry after deportation.

HSI said the warrant that led to the arrests was part of an “ongoing criminal investigation” but did not specify the nature of that investigation or what the search warrant was seeking.

>>App users: Photos of the arrests courtesy HSI

**Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated the arrests were made during a raid. HSI was actually at the business to serve a search warrant, not specifically to make arrests.