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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Sept. 9, 2011

Sept. 8, 2011 – 3 individuals sentenced in Mexico for human trafficking

Emiliano Romero Ramirez, Maria Juana Rugerio Saucedo and Cristina Hernandez Suarez received a collective sentence of 65 years in prison for their involvement in a human trafficking operation. They were all sentenced to prison terms of more than 28 years and required to pay thousands of dollars in fines. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents played an integral role in the investigation. Full Story

Sept. 7, 2011 – Puerto Rican man sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession and distribution of child porn

Ruben A. Santos-Rodriguez was arrested on Jan. 31 at his residence in Puerto Rico for allegedly sending inappropriate messages via email and Facebook to a 13-year-old female minor. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this week for production and possession of child pornography following a joint investigation by ICE HSI and the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF). Full Story

Sept. 7, 2011 – FLETC opens $2.5M state-of-the-art ICE Academy classroom complex

ICE Director John Morton and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Director Connie Patrick officially opened the ICE Academy complex during a joint ribbon cutting ceremony held at the FLETC headquarters Wednesday. This new facility is dedicated to training and preparing the agency's special agents and officers to enforce the nation's immigration and customs laws. Full Story

Sept. 7, 2011 – ICE deports Mexican fugitive wanted for murder

A fugitive, wanted for allegedly killing a woman who refused to dance with him at a party, was deported Tuesday to Mexico where he faces homicide charges. This removal was conducted by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers. Full Story

Sept. 6, 2011 – California man sentenced to 18.5 years for drug trafficking in North Dakota

A California man was sentenced on Tuesday to 18.5 years in federal prison for his role as a supplier in a large-scale drug-trafficking and money-laundering operation. The trafficking organization transported more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine from California to North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. Large quantities of cocaine and marijuana were also distributed using smuggling routes that had been laid out by the organization. Full Story