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11/18/2011

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Nov. 18, 2011

Nov. 16, 2011 – 3 Mexican citizens sentenced to 15 years for sex trafficking

From 1999 to December 2010, Israel Cortes-Morales, Alberto Cortes-Castro and Ernesto Cortes-Castro forced Mexican women to engage in prostitution in the United States. They were each sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Full Story

Nov. 16, 2011 – ICE HSI investigation leads to discovery of Arizona smuggling tunnel

An active drug smuggling tunnel was located and shut down in Nogales, Ariz., Tuesday, following a multi-agency probe spearheaded by ICE HSI. The U.S. tunnel entrance was concealed beneath the front porch of a home located about one-half mile west of the DeConcini Port of Entry. Full Story

Nov. 16, 2011 – Major cross-border drug tunnel discovered south of San Diego

Investigators on the multi-agency San Diego Tunnel Task Force, of which ICE HSI is a member, identified a tunnel running between the U.S. and Mexico. The tunnel originated in an Otay Mesa, Calif., warehouse and ran underneath the Mexico/U.S. border to a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico. Authorities also recovered an estimated 14 tons of marijuana tied to the passageway. Full Story

Nov. 16, 2011 – ICE deports man who killed 2 during JFK Airport hostage standoff

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers deported Luis Robinson, a former lawful U.S. permanent resident, to his native country of Panama. Robinson killed two people during a 1977 hostage standoff at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He served 34 years in prison for two counts of second-degree murder. Full Story

Nov. 15, 2011 – Milwaukee man from India found guilty in religious worker visa fraud scheme

A religious leader from India, who founded the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society, a Hindu temple, was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining and selling religious worker visas to Indian nationals. He claimed that the Indian nationals planned to be priests or perform religious work at the temple. In fact, the individuals had no religious training or experience and had no intention of performing religious work once they arrived in the U.S. The guilty verdict stems from an investigation conducted by ICE HSI. Full Story