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12/30/2010

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Dec. 30, 2010

Dec. 29, 2010 - ICE deputy director and world leaders pool resources at BCASS Conference

Earlier this month, military, political and law enforcement leaders from across the world traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the inaugural Border Control, Airport and Seaport Security (BCASS) exposition. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Kumar Kibble spoke at the event and highlighted how ICE combats criminal networks by building partnerships with countries across the world. Full Story

Dec. 29, 2010 - ICE teams with CBP, USPIS to intercept counterfeit NHL Winter Classic sportswear

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with partners from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), conducted a Pittsburgh-based operation that netted $100,000 in fake trademarked NHL and NFL items. Full Story

Dec. 29, 2010 - ICE arrests 3, seizes 28,000 rounds of ammunition in Tucson

Alejandro Ruiz-Escalante and Christian Gallegos-Arizmendi, both citizens of Mexico, were arrested on federal weapons smuggling charges after a traffic stop. Another individual was arrested at a Tucson residence in connection with the same weapons smuggling operation. All three individuals possessed thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as several firearms. Full Story

Dec. 28, 2010 - Drug swallower arrested with 49 pellets of heroin in his stomach

ICE HSI agents took a 27-year-old U.S. citizen into custody after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered he was carrying 49 pellets of heroin, with an approximate weight of 1.54 pounds, in his digestive tract. Full Story

Dec. 27, 2010 - Feds find cache of cocaine concealed inside phony candy Easter eggs

Esteban Galtes tried to smuggle more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it camouflaged as pastel-colored, egg-shaped candies, through Los Angeles International Airport. ICE HSI agents arrested him after CBP officers found the drugs in his suitcase. Full Story