By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to clear the air about a new office in Maine’s largest city.

Matthew Albence said Monday that the ICE Homeland Security Investigations office in downtown Portland isn’t new to the area. It’s simply relocated from South Portland.

Protesters have focused on detention of immigrants but Albence said the office is primarily focused on investigating financial and cyber crimes, human trafficking, and narcotics and weapon smuggling.

Critics have protested at the downtown location and projected words on the building urging the agency to be evicted.

Albence said part of his job is combating bad information.

He said the agency prevented 1,400 exploited children from active victimization and removed 12,000 pounds of opioids and more than 3,000 pounds of fentanyl from the streets .

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