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From Sept. 13 through Sept. 26, 23 Dominican Republic officials participated in the ITAT program, which is held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco. The majority of students, 17, were Dominican National Police officers.
All told, the enforcement actions resulted in the seizure of thousands of individual items bearing the names of more than 20 designer brands, including UGG boots, Michael Kors purses, Beats by Dre headphones, Otterbox and LifeProof cell phone cases and NFL jerseys. Collectively, authorities estimate the seized merchandise is worth more than $510,095, based upon the items' suggested retail price had the goods been legitimate.
In January 2013, after a tip from the Bureau of Land Management, HSI special agents began investigating a business that was in possession of multiple fossils. Agents, working undercover, examined the objects on display, which included an Oviraptor egg. After securing a sealed federal search warrant, the special agents determined the Oviraptor egg, from Mongolia, was authentic.
Special agents assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Rapid Response Team deployed Thursday morning to aid in the ongoing search for the firefighter missing in the Los Padres National Forest since Friday.
Joint efforts by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, the U.S. Department of State, HSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York led to the voluntary return of three statues to Cambodia. All the statues will be on display to the public in the National Museum of Cambodia, reunited with their pedestals.
A senior official from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Wednesday the arrest of 71 individuals for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children in Operation Caireen, the largest-ever enforcement operation in New York targeting predators who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children.
The ICE Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony coincided with National Police Week, an annual event established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 as a way to honor fallen law enforcement officers, began with the posting of colors by the ICE Honor Guard. Bradley E. White sang the national anthem, and Reverend Monsignor Salvatore Criscuolo gave the invocation.
"This week is an opportunity to reflect on the victims and to renew our commitment to ensure that the U.S. does not become a safe haven for human rights abusers. Those who perpetrate genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings and other war crimes must be brought to justice," said Unit Chief Mark Furtado of Homeland Security and Investigations, (HSI) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit.