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Investigation launched after immigration detainee mix-up

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says an internal affairs investigation has begun after jail staff mistakenly released a federal immigration detainee.

A news release Friday from the department says jail staff received authorization Wednesday to release a detainee, Edin Quinteros, from Guatemala, who had posted security bond for his release pending court proceedings.

Moments after releasing a person thought to be Quinteros, jail staff discovered the incorrect detainee had been released. The person released was identified as Jose Quintana-Hernandez, from Mexico. Quintana was quickly taken back into custody, and Quinteros released.

The county jail contracts housing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement civil detainees.

Officials say the public was never in danger from the mix-up..

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