ICE consists of three directorates to accomplish the agency’s mission, including Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Management and Administration (M&A).
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To ensure openness and transparency and to better serve those seeking more information about ICE and its operations, the agency centralized processing of all ICE-related Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in a single office.
Timothy Prejean, 42, of Carencro, admitted in his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik that he accepted numerous cash payments from James Panos, the former owner and manager of Desperado’s Cabaret, during the years he served as a liaison officer for the Carencro Police Department responsible for enforcing local ordinances at the establishment.
"We applaud the State Department's decision to feature these fugitives in the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña. "Members of this group likely thought they could escape detection and elude justice by hiding in cyberspace. We want to prove them wrong."
Caylon Botelho Carreiro was arrested in Malden, Massachusetts, Jan. 15, following a joint ERO and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operation dubbed "Nowhere to Run." ERO officers and HSI special agents worked closely with the HSI Brasilia Attaché Office and Interpol to track down Carreiro who illegally entered the United States.
According to an Interpol warrant, Barbarito De Leon-Compean, 50, is wanted by Mexican officials for homicide. De Leon-Compean was convicted Oct. 16, 1995, in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, for conspiracy to traffic illegal drugs. De Leon-Compean, who entered the United States illegally at an unknown place and at an unknown time, was ordered removed by an immigration judge Aug. 26, 1997.
The indictment was returned under seal Feb. 26, and unsealed March 24 as the following four charged Houston residents made their initial appearances in federal court: Shakietha Ann Joseph, 39, Nathan Michael, 36, Trevor Ray Frenney, 39, and Hauwa Bello, 37. At that time, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy ordered them detained pending further criminal proceedings.
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The incident began unfolding after a good Samaritan spotted the panga on the island and immediately contacted law enforcement officers at the Maritime Coordination Center in Long Beach. A CBP Office of Air and Marine Black Hawk helicopter was launched and flew over the northwest end of the island. After spotting the suspects, the helicopter touched down and the three men were detained.
Raymond Douglas Charles Macleod, 72, was repatriated under escort by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers on a commercial flight that departed from Los Angeles International Airport. Macleod is facing trial in Canada for the 1974 rape of a 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.
One of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) priorities is arresting child predators and bringing them to a court of law where they face justice, or in some cases, sending them back to their home countries.
Based on data extracted from SEVIS Feb. 6, 1.13 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 8,979 U.S. schools. This marked a 14.18 percent increase in international students when compared to January 2014 data. The number of certified schools remained relatively static, increasing just more than one percent, during the same time period.
ICE’s request to join the network was unanimously approved Feb. 23. ICE also works with Europol’s Operations Department in the areas of intellectual property rights, child sexual exploitation and cybercrime. The joint cooperation has already led to various successes, such as the seizure of 292 internet domain names for selling counterfeit products and the recent rescue of a sex abuse victim.
According to the criminal complaint, Rene Roberge, 47, of Quebec, sent an email Oct. 9 to an undercover agent through a social networking site, in which he requested to meet with the agent and the agent’s 14-year-old son. Roberge chatted with the undercover agent and stated he would travel to Florida to meet them.
The United Nations General Assembly set aside this date, March 24, to “honor the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to truth and justice” as well as to “pay tribute to those who have devoted their lives to, and lost their lives in, the struggle to promote and protect human rights for all.”
Over the past decade, the two agencies have worked together on several major multimillion dollar fraud investigations, leading to a number of high profile convictions. The launch of the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in September 2013 brought a new dimension to this partnership, with a shared focus on tackling intellectual property crime.
Pedro Lucero, from Farmington, New Mexico, must also serve three years of supervised release. Lucero was one of 29 individuals charged in February 2014 with drug trafficking resulting from a multi-agency drug-trafficking investigation in northwestern New Mexico.
Ming Guo, 46, of North Miami Beach, Florida, owner of two Twin Cities restaurants named Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet, and Bijian Went (aka Wilson) 28, of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, and manager of the restaurants, each entered guilty pleas on one charge of knowingly hiring 10 or more illegal aliens. The two were charged with the crime Jan. 26.
Yesterday, during my testimony before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I was asked whether it would help if Congress clarified the law to make it clear that it was mandatory that local jurisdictions cooperate with ICE. I want to be sure there is no confusion about my response.
Robert J. Gongloff, 25, originally from Terra Alta, West Virginia, is alleged to have produced numerous images and videos depicting nude minors and minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Gongloff is also alleged to have misrepresented his name and age on a website known as MeetMe.com, claiming to be 17 years old and using the name “Johnny Williamson,” in order to transmit sexually explicit photographs to minor females.
On March 18, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marine patrol aircraft detected a vessel of approximately 40 feet in length with two outboard engines and two subjects onboard, traveling northbound and without navigation lights towards the coast of Vieques. The patrol aircraft maintained constant surveillance of the vessel as CBP marine units responded and intercepted the suspicious vessel for further inspection. The inspection of the boat yielded 42 bales of cocaine weighing approximately 2,425 pounds. The HSI investigation is ongoing.