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05/10/2013

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending May 10, 2013

May 6, 2013 – ICE and Manhattan US Attorney's Office return Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton to Mongolia

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton, looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the United States, to the government of Mongolia May 6 during a repatriation ceremony at a Manhattan hotel. The Bataar was seized in New York by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents after it sold at a Manhattan auction for $1.05 million. Full Story

May 8, 2013 – HSI special agent recognized for combating sexual exploitation of children in Mexico

An ICE HSI special agent was recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8, by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for his work combating child sexual exploitation and rescuing child victims in Mexico. Special Agent Jason Barry, assigned to HSI Mexico City, received one of five awards. Full Story

May 7, 2013 – Top 10 things law enforcement says about ICE

ICE protects the United States by promoting homeland security and public safety through the enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. To accomplish this mission, ICE conducts multi-faceted federal law enforcement operations and repatriates individuals wanted by its foreign law enforcement partners. Read more for some of the sentiments expressed about ICE by a number of its law enforcement partners from around the globe. Full Story

May 6, 2013 – Massachusetts man pleads guilty to solicitation to kidnap a child

A citizen of the United Kingdom and most recently of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty May 6 to solicitation to commit a crime of violence – kidnaping of a child – and distribution and possession of child pornography. Geoffrey Portway, 40, of Worcester, engaged in numerous chats with many individuals about a mutual interest in abducting, raping, murdering and eating children, according to court documents. Full Story

May 9, 2013 – 8 members of New York cell of cybercrime organization indicted in $45 million cybercrime campaign

Eight defendants were charged in New York City May 9 with participating in two worldwide cyberattacks that inflicted $45 million in losses on the global financial system in a matter of hours. The defendants allegedly formed the New York-based cell of an international cybercrime organization that used sophisticated intrusion techniques to hack into the systems of global financial institutions, steal prepaid debit card data, and eliminate withdrawal limits. Full Story