Published: Dec 13, 2010 5:27 PM EST
Updated: Dec 13, 2010 2:28 PM EST

MIAMI – Investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 93 foreign nationals with criminal records during a five-day sting across Florida.

The sting started December 6th.  An ICE taskforce located and arrested at-large illegal immigrants with convictions for drug offenses, violent crimes and sex offenses.

All 93 were arrested for being in violation of immigration law, and all are being held in ICE custody pending immigration removal proceedings or removal from the United States.

Of the arrests, 25 were made in Miami-Dade County, eight in Broward County, 13 in West Palm Beach, 19 in Tampa, 11 in Orlando, one in Tallahassee, two in Jacksonville and 14 in Ft. Myers.

ICE says 84 men and nine women, representing 22 different nations, including countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, were apprehended in the sting.

Those who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.