KENMORE, N.Y. - La Divina Mexican Store and Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore is back open after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the business and three other Mexican restaurants on Tuesday.
ICE agents raided the Buffalo area restaurants owned by Sergio Mucino as part of a probe into illegal immigrants working in the area. The criminal complaint also revealed they were being paid under the table and no taxes were being paid.
Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, 37, the manager and so-called right hand man to the owner of the Mexican restaurants was back in U.S. Federal Court for a bail detention hearing. Judge Kenneth Schroeder decided that Sanchez-Ocampo must remain in custody. Federal prosecutors have until December 30, 2016 to present this case to a grand jury. If no action is taken, Sanchez-Ocampo may face deportation. His attorney Paul Dell told Channel 2 after court that his client wants to be released and working back at the restaurant.
25 people in total were arrested on Tuesday, including the owner who is free on bail. Mucino is charged with conspiracy to Harbor illegal aliens.
La Divina is the only restaurant raided on Tuesday to reopen.