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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Feb. 1, 2013

Jan. 31, 2013 – ICE, CBP, USPIS seize more than $13.6 million in fake NFL merchandise during 'Operation Red Zone'

Speaking at a National Football League (NFL) news conference Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and NFL Vice President for Legal Affairs Anastasia Danias announced the record-breaking results of a nationwide enforcement operation. The initiative, dubbed 'Operation Red Zone,' commenced Sept. 1, 2012, and targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise as it entered the United States. Full Story

Jan. 31, 2013 – TOP STORY: ICE Director delivers keynote address to anti-human trafficking symposium

ICE Director John Morton delivered a keynote address to the Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium at Georgetown University on January 30. In his address, Morton discussed ICE's recent successes combatting human trafficking, including this January's conclusion of Operation Dark Night, an investigation that uncovered an organized prostitution ring operating throughout the southeast United States. Full Story

Jan. 29, 2013 – ICE arrests 51 during 4-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in the Chicago metropolitan area

As part of ICE's ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, 51 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators were arrested last week during a four-day operation in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. The operation concluded Sunday and was conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago. Full Story

Jan. 29, 2013 – ICE deports 3 Colombians convicted of conspiracy to export fighter jet engines to Iran

Three Colombian nationals were deported Monday by officers with ICE's ERO. They were convicted of conspiracy to fraudulently attempt to export airplane engines used in F-5 fighter jets from the United States to Iran after an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Full Story

Feb. 1, 2013 – Northern Virginia Korean Night Breeders Gang leader sentenced to 210 months for extorting local businesses

A resident of Maryland originally from South Korea, was sentenced Feb. 1 to 210 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for extorting Korean businesses operating in Annandale, Va. He also agreed to pay more than $98,000 in restitution to the victims of his extortion. The case was investigated by ICE's HSI Washington, D.C. and assisted by the Fairfax County Police Department. Full Story