Lopez-Sanchez was scheduled for release from federal prison in southern California in March. Given that information, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began processing a reinstatement of removal order for the five-time deportee, Breitbart News previously reported.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department was also alerted to Lopez-Sanchez’s impending release from federal Bureau of Prisons custody in March, according to a Sheriff’s department letter obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. Noting Lopez-Sanchez had a 20-year-old bench warrant on possession-for-sale of marijuana, on March 23 the Sheriff’s department requested notification when Lopez-Sanchez was “ready for our pickup.”
Sheriff Mirkarimi told reporters, “we don’t even prosecute marijuana in San Francisco basically.” It is unclear, therefore, why the Sheriff’s department would request transfer of Lopez-Sanchez on a warrant for charges authorities had no intention of pursuing.
Lopez-Sanchez was transferred from the federal Bureau of Prisons in Victorville, California to San Francisco Sheriffs’ department custody on March 26.
A court dismissed Lopez-Sanchez’s charges the day after he arrived in San Francisco, March 27.
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