The man accused of killing a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy while driving drunk may have entered the country illegally.
But despite previous arrests, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, were never notified.
Adrian Espinosa-Flores, 38, is charged with DUI manslaughter of Johnson County Master Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Collins.
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As the 41 Action News Investigators first reported Tuesday, Flores has previous convictions in Pomona, California for DUI in 2001 and for driving without a license in Overland Park in 2013.
However, according to a statement from ICE, there's no record law enforcement ever contacted the agency after those arrests.
If there had been contact, it's possible ICE would've put a detainer on Espinosa-Flores, and he could've been deported.
ICE now has a detainer on Espinosa-Flores, with this current case.
It means if he is released for any reason, ICE would take him into custody.
ICE only places detainers on people suspected of violating U.S. Immigration law.
When asked why Overland Park Police didn't contact ICE after Flores' arrest, city spokesman Sean Reilly said, "It could be profiling because a lot of people of all races are arrested without a proper ID."
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