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ICE, CBP seize hazardous Chinese toys for sale in Puerto Rico
IPR Center
San Juan, PR

HSI San Juan special agents identify counterfeit toys from China that are contaminated with lead paint at a local pharmacy.

ICE assistant chief counsel served as sole staff judge advocate to U.S. Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan
ICE Leadership
Washington, DC

Pedersen became an active duty member of the U.S. Navy in 2001, at which time he prosecuted criminal cases in the military ranging from attempted murder, theft, fraud, drug use and sexual assault. He left active duty in 2009 to serve in the Navy reserves, where he continues to serve and is assigned to the U.S. Northern Command.

HSI San Francisco forms special bond with rescued pitbull
Homeland Security Investigations
San Francisco, CA

It was when Brenny, along with two other special agents in the HSI Gang Unit, Clearlake police officers and a Lake County probation agent, were conducting their operation, that she first met “Honey.” The female pit bull was in bad shape as she was chained to an RV amid broken glass and trash. Visibly wounded and beaten up, Honey was barely able to move when the agents swarmed the area and she didn’t make much noise.

ICE and snow – Buffalo’s Special Response Team tackles extreme conditions
Homeland Security Investigations
Buffalo, NY

The members of ICE’s Buffalo SRT are no strangers to dealing with adverse situations, training to protect our country and ensuring public safety, but they’re the first to admit, tackling the extreme snow here is a challenge — a challenge so demanding, the Buffalo ICE Field Office Director Michael Phillips authorized deployment Nov. 20 of the SRT to assist the Erie County Emergency Command Center in humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of the monster storm.

Pre-Columbian artifacts returned to Colombia following HSI, CBP case
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Bogota, Colombia

The pre-Columbian artifacts include three bowls and three goblets that are from the area near the Colombia-Ecuador border and are from between 800-1500AD. CBP officers in Miami seized the artifacts after they were identified during a routine air cargo inspection. The artifacts were later turned over to the HSI Bogota Attaché for repatriation.

SEVP releases quarterly report on international students studying in US
Washington, DC

Based on data extracted from SEVIS Oct. 7, 1.11 million international students, using an F (academic) or M (vocational) visa, were enrolled at nearly 9,000 U.S. schools. This marked a nine percent increase when compared to October 2013 data.

Dozens of ‘Dark Market’ websites seized as part of Silk Road 2.0 investigation
Homeland Security Investigations
New York, NY

The seizures follow the arrest Wednesday of Blake Benthall, aka "Defcon" for his alleged role in operating the Silk Road 2.0 website. This action constitutes the largest law enforcement action to date against criminal websites operating on the Tor network, a special network of computers on the Internet designed to conceal the true IP addresses of the computers on the network.

Federal agencies warn against counterfeit decorative contact lenses
IPR Center
Washington, DC

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.

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