As of Friday, January 6, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- For most, a traffic citation for passing a stopped school bus constitutes a lack of solid judgement and results in a high-dollar fine.
It's likely to cost one Dacula resident his ability to stay in the country.
Osmar Espinoza-Cuculista -- a native of Guatemala, according to jail records -- was arrested Wednesday morning after a Lawrenceville police officer reportedly observed his SUV "pass a stopped school bus with its lights flashing" near Ga. Highway 20 and Reid Street.
Espinoza-Cuculista did not have a driver's license, police said. A hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has now been placed on the 32-year-old.
Gwinnett began participating in the federal 287(g) program, which authorizes local law enforcement to begin deportation proceedings on arrestees, in 2009.
Local jail records show Espinoza-Cuculista was arrested four times in 2008, the year before 287(g) was enacted in Gwinnett. Each of the arrests was due to traffic violations.