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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 1, 2012

May 31, 2012 – Illegal alien from El Salvador charged in Kentucky child sex trafficking ring

An illegal alien from El Salvador was charged Wednesday with child sex trafficking in four Kentucky counties, announced David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Kentucky State Police. Full Story

May 30, 2012 – ICE deports El Salvadoran fugitive wanted for aggravated homicide

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers deported and turned over an El Salvadoran national, who is wanted in his home country for aggravated homicide, to El Salvadoran law enforcement officials Wednesday. Full Story

May 30, 2012 – ICE seizes thousands of counterfeit items at Birmingham stores

HSI special agents seized nearly 1,400 counterfeit items with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $400,000, at two Birmingham, Ala., stores. The enforcement operation was part of the continuing effort by ICE to track down individuals who sell counterfeit and pirated products. Full Story

May 30, 2012 – Maryland man sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for distributing child pornography

A Maryland man was sentenced Wednesday to 90 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distributing child pornography, following an investigation by HSI and the Maryland State Police. A forensic examination of the man's computers and hard drives revealed approximately 56 videos documenting the sexual exploitation of children. Full Story

May 29, 2012 – Texas firm and field operations supervisor charged with harboring and transporting illegal aliens

A Texas firm and its field operations supervisor were charged Tuesday with harboring and transporting illegal aliens and conspiracy to commit those offenses. Court documents allege that the company and its field operations supervisor hired 19 illegal aliens to work on a seismic surveying project in Lycoming County, Pa. Full Story