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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 12, 2013

April 11, 2013 – Former NFL player Samuel Hurd III pleads guilty to cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracy

A former National Football League player, Samuel George Hurd III, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court April 11 to a superseding indictment charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. This investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Denton Police Department. Full Story

April 11, 2013 – Mobile BEST seizes $636,000 following road-side search

HSI seized more than $636,000 April 9 after intercepting a vehicle connected to a federal money laundering investigation en route from Atlanta to Laredo, Texas, on Interstate10 near Mobile, Ala. The Mobile County Sheriff's Department initially stopped the vehicle, and after obtaining consent to search, HSI investigators working as part of the Mobile Border Enforcement Security (BEST) Task Force discovered the cash hidden within the vehicle. Full Story

April 11, 2013 – HSI arrests former Puerto Rico correctional officer on child exploitation charges

HSI special agents, along with officers assigned to the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested a former Puerto Rico Department of Correction and Rehabilitation employee April 10 for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in a sexual act. Full Story

April 10, 2013 – ICE removes criminal alien wanted in Mexico on firearms charges

A Mexican criminal alien wanted in his native country for firearm-related charges was turned over to Mexican law enforcement authorities by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers April 9 at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Full Story

April 10, 2013 – 57 charged in Oklahoma with operating illegal online sports gaming business

Thirty-four individuals and 23 entities have been accused and indicted of operating an illegal sports bookmaking business that solicited more than $1 billion in illegal bets. This case resulted from an investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of HSI and the U.S. Marshals Service. Full Story