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08/19/2011

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending July 29, 2011

Aug. 18, 2011 — ICE and CBP return 67 artifacts to the Dominican Republic

A collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States were returned to the Dominican Republic during a joint repatriation ceremony in Santo Domingo on Thursday. The repatriation of these artifacts is the result of several investigations and seizures conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Full Story

Aug. 16, 2011 — HSI shuts down Arizona smuggling tunnel

On Tuesday, an active drug smuggling tunnel was shut down in Nogales, Ariz., following an investigation led by ICE HSI. Agents identified the tunnel after seizing more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana from three suspected drug smugglers, all of whom are facing federal drug charges. Full Story

Aug. 15, 2011 — Forensic Document Lab serves as authentication authority

The Forensic Document Lab serves as the authority on determining the authenticity of travel and identity documents. The lab was established in 1978 and often helps solve complex cases that require significant examination and analysis of documents. Full Story

Aug. 15, 2011 — Iranian national sentenced to 51 months for illegally exporting missile parts

An investigation by ICE HSI led to an Iranian national being sentenced to more than four years in prison for trying to illegally export missile components to Iran. Full Story

Aug. 15, 2011 — Guatemalan national sentenced to 24 months for illegally re-entering the US

A Guatemalan national was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States following his apprehension by officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ERO had removed the man from the United States on two separate occasions. In addition to his repeated illegal returns, his criminal history includes convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, public intoxication, theft and possession of a forged document. Full Story