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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan. 28, 2011

Jan. 28, 2011 - ICE arrests 5 criminal sex offenders in the Rio Grande Valley

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conducted an operation to locate and arrest at-large criminal aliens with sex offense convictions. Five criminal sex offenders were arrested as a result of the operation. Full Story

Jan. 27, 2011 - ICE most wanted fugitive arrested at JFK on human trafficking charges

This week, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents placed Veniamin Gonikman under arrest at JFK Airport in New York. Gonikman has been wanted since 2005 for smuggling Eastern European women to the United States. The women were forced to work as exotic dancers without compensation, making them modern day slaves. Full Story

Jan. 27, 2011 - ICE seizes more than $40,000 worth of fake NFL apparel at Honolulu swap meets

With the Pro Bowl kickoff fast approaching, ICE HSI agents conducted an operation targeting vendors of counterfeit goods at two popular Honolulu-area swap meets. Agents seized more than 135 items of counterfeit NFL apparel valued at nearly $41,000. Full Story

Jan. 26, 2011 - 'BEST' transfers suspected drug smuggler to Mexican authorities

Juan Manuel Rodriguez-Ramirez, a Mexican national, allegedly attempted to smuggle 244 pounds of marijuana into the United States. ICE HSI agents assigned to the Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) turned Rodriguez-Ramirez over to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico on Monday. Full Story

Jan. 26, 2011 - First Massachusetts business partners with ICE, joins "IMAGE" program

Aetna Fire Alarm Service Company, Inc. became the first Massachusetts-based company to become an IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) member. IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows private businesses to partner with ICE to strengthen hiring practices and combat unlawful employment of illegal aliens. Full Story