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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending July 12, 2013

July 10, 2013 – Colombian drug kingpin extradited to US following HSI, DEA investigation

After spending years in hiding, the Colombian leader of a cocaine trafficking conspiracy responsible for manufacturing hundreds of tons of cocaine annually in Colombia, trafficking it to various parts of the world, including the United States, and laundering tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from that narcotics trafficking activity was extradited to the United States July 9. Full Story

July 8, 2013 – ICE deports 4 Salvadoran murder suspects captured in US

Four Salvadoran nationals who are wanted in their native country for various crimes – including homicide, aggravated kidnapping, robbery, extortion and membership to the illicit groups MS-13 and 18th Street – were turned over to authorities in El Salvador July 5 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This is the latest result of stepped up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice. Full Story

July 9, 2013 – ICE deports El Salvadoran man wanted for murder and kidnapping

A Salvadoran man wanted for a 2009 murder and for his membership in the MS-13 gang was deported July 5 by officers with ERO.  Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 645 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. Full Story

July 11, 2013 – US and Mexico resume interior repatriation initiative

ICE and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior announced July 11 the continuation of the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI), a joint agreement between the governments of the United States and Mexico to provide humane, safe and orderly repatriation of Mexican nationals. The goal of the IRI, which began as a pilot program in 2012 and was signed as a permanent initiative April 18, is to return Mexican nationals to the interior of Mexico. Full Story