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01/04/2013

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan. 4, 2013

Jan. 3, 2013 – 123 sexually exploited children identified by HSI during 'Operation Sunflower'

One hundred twenty-three victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during an international operation aimed at rescuing victims and targeting individuals who own, trade and produce images of child pornography. Full Story

Jan. 4, 2013 – 'Jane Doe' child pornography suspect arrested in Los Angeles

Just hours after federal authorities made a national announcement appealing to the public for leads in a child pornography case with ties to the Los Angeles area, Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, was taken into custody without incident Jan. 3 by special agents with ICE's HSI and officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Full Story

Dec. 28, 2012 – Florida man pleads guilty in New York to smuggling dinosaur fossils

A Florida man pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to engaging in a scheme to illegally import into the United States numerous dinosaur fossils that had been smuggled out of their native country. This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by ICE's HSI.  Full Story

Jan. 3, 2013 – Leader of internet piracy group "IMAGiNE" sentenced in Virginia to 60 months in prison for criminal copyright conspiracy

The leader of the Internet piracy group "IMAGiNE" was sentenced Jan. 3 to 60 months in prison following an investigation by ICE's HSI in Washington, D.C. The defendant was indicted along with three others April 18, 2012, for their roles in the IMAGiNE Group, an organized online piracy ring that sought to become the premier group to first release Internet copies of movies only showing in theaters. Full Story

Jan. 4, 2013 – HSI, Caribbean Corridor Strike Force seize 2600 pounds of cocaine, arrest 2

ICE's HSI, working jointly with other members of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), arrested two Dominican Republic nationals for drug trafficking and seized 2,600 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $29 million Jan. 2 off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Full Story