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ICE returns ancient artifacts to Egypt at National Geographic Society
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
04/27/2015
Washington, DC

On Sept. 8, 2009, HSI New York recovered the nesting sarcophagus from a garage in Brooklyn, New York. One year later, on Sept. 24, 2010, following leads from the Brooklyn case, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized a shipment of smuggled Egyptian goods, including a funerary boat model and figurines. A related December 2010 shipment interception netted agents 638 ancient coins from different countries, 65 of which are being repatriated to Egypt today.

ICE Houston officers deport 2 Salvadoran men wanted for aggravated homicide
Enforcement & Removal Operations
04/20/2015
Houston, TX

Carlos Gomar-Castro, 26, and Willfredys Castro-Villalobos, 33, were flown to El Salvador April 15 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, both were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).

ICE arrests 976 gang members and associates during ‘Project Wildfire’ surge
National Gang Unit
04/13/2015
Washington, DC

Project Wildfire was a surge operation led by the HSI National Gang Unit and ran Feb. 23 to March 31. HSI special agents worked with 215 state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), to apprehend individuals from various gangs.

ICE partners with Honolulu Museum of Art to recover antiquities from India
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
04/06/2015
Honolulu, HI

Representatives from the Honolulu Museum of Art Wednesday transferred seven rare antiquities to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after an ongoing international smuggling probe by HSI determined the objects had likely been looted from India and brought to the U.S. illegally.

ICE removes Brazilian wanted for attempted murder
Enforcement & Removal Operations
03/30/2015
Boston, MA

A 27-year-old Brazilian man, who fled to the United States to avoid being prosecuted for attempted murder, was removed March 24 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). 

Ancient antiquities and Saddam Hussein-era objects returned to Iraq
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
03/23/2015
Washington, DC

As part of “Operation Lost Treasure,” HSI New York special agents received information on June 30, 2008, that an antiquities dealer based in Dubai was selling looted Iraqi antiquities to dealers around the world. The special agents seized the limestone statue on Aug. 13, 2008, after it was shipped to New York by a Dubai-based antiquities trading company owned by the antiques dealer.

ICE arrests wanted child predator following public tip
Child Exploitation
03/16/2015
Raleigh, NC

William Akers, 46, is in federal custody facing child pornography charges following a public outreach campaign by HSI to identify a previously unknown man captured on video sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. The plea for public assistance was disseminated by dozens of media outlets, reached more than 1.6 million people on Facebook and Twitter and generated more than 80 leads to the HSI tip line.

ICE Chicago office deports Canadian national wanted for crimes in Québec
Enforcement & Removal Operations
03/09/2015
Chicago, IL

Alain Painchaud, 46, of Sasseville, Québec, was repatriated to Canada via ground transportation from Chicago and turned over to the custody of Canadian authorities at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

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