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01/07/2011

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan. 7, 2011

Jan. 5, 2011 - Navy lawyer indicted for possessing child pornography

An indictment was unsealed on Wednesday charging a Navy lawyer with nine counts of receiving and distributing child pornography via his home computer between July and September 2010. The child pornography allegedly consisted of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Full Story

Jan. 5, 2011 - Criminal alien who illegally re-entered US sentenced to more than 4 years in federal prison

Ronald Smith, a citizen of Jamaica, was convicted of false impersonation of a U.S. citizen, falsely representing a social security number, aggravated identity theft, and illegal re-entry after deportation. He was deported in 2003 after numerous criminal convictions including possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Full Story

Jan. 4, 2011 - Guam businessman indicted on money laundering, mail fraud and immigration violations

The owner of a major Guam construction company has been charged in a 124-count indictment for allegedly recruiting dozens of Chinese foreign nationals to come to Guam to work for his firm, then forcing them to labor long hours at substandard wages. Full Story

Jan. 4, 2011 - 3 MS-13 gang members targeted in ICE's Operation Devil Horns plead guilty to racketeering charges

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents conducted "Operation Devil Horns," which targeted MS-13 gang members in the San Francisco Bay area. This week, a third gang member pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. Full Story

Jan. 4, 2011 - Licking County to benefit from ICE strategy to use biometrics to identify and remove aliens convicted of a crime

ICE continues to leverage its information-sharing capabilities. Licking County, Ohio has activated ICE's Secure Communities Program, which cross references the fingerprints of individuals in the custody of local law enforcement against immigration databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. ICE uses the information to identify and remove aliens convicted of crimes. Full Story