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10/23/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law require a prescription.
10/22/2014
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation
John Lincoln Hoblit, 58, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey to 120 months in federal prison Oct. 22. This prison sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, including numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. Hoblit will also be required to again register as a sex offender.
10/22/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Items returned included two Colonial-era Cusco paintings, a funerary vessel from 100-1532 A.D., a Chancay statue from 1200-1450 A.D., a Lambayeque-style vessel from 800-1300 A.D., and Incan artifacts looted from ancient Peruvian graves.
10/22/2014
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
Following a three-week trial in April 2013, a jury convicted Xing Lin, 42, aka "Ding Pa," of engaging in racketeering from 1996 through 2009, murdering two individuals in a Queens nightclub in 2004, operating multiple illegal gambling parlors, and extorting bus company owners.
10/22/2014
San Francisco, CA
Transnational Gangs
The defendants, Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, a/k/a “Crazy” or “Loco,” 31; Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, a/k/a “Sleepy” or “Dormido,” 25; and Luis Amilar-Zanas, a/k/a “Trucha,” 35, previously pleaded guilty to killing Alexander Temaj-Castanon. The defendants, who mistook Temaj-Castanon for a rival gang member, fatally shot the victim at a bus stop in Daly City on June 21, 2010.
10/22/2014
Tampa, FL
Worksite Enforcement
IMAGE stands for ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. As part of this agreement, Santa Rosa County School District, Colorado Boxed Beef Company and its 3 subsidiaries: ATG Transportation LLC, PREFCO Distribution LLC and The Great Fish Company LLC, have pledged to maintain a secure and stable workforce and curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach and education.
10/21/2014
Bath, NY
Child Exploitation
According to the investigation, Dejuan J. Miller, 33, was the subject of an investigation involving a person promoting child pornography over the Internet.
10/21/2014
El Centro, CA
Contraband
During Tuesday’s predawn enforcement actions in Brawley, Calipatria and El Centro, authorities arrested 43 individuals and executed 38 search warrants. Those taken into custody include 22 individuals who are named in the federal indictments and 21 suspects who will be charged in state court. In addition to the arrests, the operation resulted in the seizure of narcotics, cash and 14 firearms.
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