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06/17/2011

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 17, 2011

June 14, 2011 – 6 charged in New Jersey with international alien smuggling conspiracy

Six alleged members of an international alien smuggling scheme were charged in federal court Tuesday with smuggling hundreds of aliens from Brazil, India and elsewhere into the United States. The charges are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Full Story

June 14, 2011 – 67 arrested in Dallas-Fort Worth area during 5-day ICE-led anti-gang operation

ICE HSI agents, assisted by local law enforcement officers, arrested more than 65 individuals during a five-day operation targeting foreign-born gang members and their associates in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Forty-seven of those arrested during this operation were documented gang members; seven were gang associates from local street gangs. Full Story

June 14, 2011 – Federal agencies launch "Operation Chain Reaction"

Nine National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) partners have announced "Operation Chain Reaction," a new comprehensive initiative targeting counterfeit items entering the supply chains of the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies. The IPR Center serves as one of the U.S. government's key weapons in combatting criminal counterfeiting and piracy. Full Story

June 13, 2011 – Fugitive apprehended at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

June 8 wasn't a typical Wednesday morning at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Instead, a major operation was underway. A fugitive – an alleged child predator – was on the loose, attempting to leave the country. ICE officers, serving alongside members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force and representatives from the Cobb County Sheriff's Department and the Atlanta Police Department, sprang into action. Full Story

June 13, 2011 – Pastor sentenced to 1 year for visa fraud, ordered to forfeit building that housed former religious school

Samuel Chai Cho Oh owned and operated California Union University (CUU) in Fullerton, Calif., which served as a front for an elaborate student visa fraud scheme. He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of visa fraud and two counts of money laundering. In addition to one year in prison, he was sentenced to one year of home confinement. Full Story