FridayFive
week of Sep. 30, 2022

Check out our weekly recap of top news from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement highlighting the work of Enforcement Removal and Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). For more news from ICE, visit our newsroom.

'The fact that this painting was found over 30 years later largely intact and now restored to a pristine condition is simply remarkable.' - HSI Phoenix Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown

HSI Tucson leads efforts in transportation and security of repatriated painting back to University of Arizona

A painting stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art 37 years ago has been brought back home due in large part to the careful and meticulous planning by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations in coordination with university police. 🔗 Keep reading

“Under his direction in the last fiscal year, Interpol Mexico vetted more than 23,100 ERO-detained cases for arrest warrants and helped ERO facilitate the arrests of 474 fugitives, including 52 high-profile removals.” - William McCafferty, Mexico City ERO Assistant Attaché for Removal

ICE makes history with first non-US law enforcement partner receiving prestigious award

Enforcement and Removal Operations presented Interpol Mexico Director General Jorge Dominguez Martinez Vertiz with the 2021 Exemplary Law Enforcement Partnership Award during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. 🔗 Keep reading

“Back to Skool” was an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking, which netted 21 arrests.

21 arrested in child sex trafficking operation led by Surprise PD, supported by HSI Phoenix

Results of a multi-agency operation involving Homeland Security Investigations and led by the Surprise Police Department were announced highlighting the results of a child sex trafficking takedown. “Back to Skool” was an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking, which netted 21 arrests. 🔗 Keep reading

Montes faces up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.

Texas man convicted for role in multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy following HSI Corpus Christi investigation

A Texas man was convicted for his role in a multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations Corpus Christi. Antonio Montes admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines. 🔗 Keep reading

“This conviction is the result of painstaking work carried out by brave law enforcement officers in an effort to continue to keep these dangerous and deadly drugs out of our communities,” said Chad Plantz, special agent in charge for HSI San Diego.

Defendant convicted of distributing fentanyl that resulted in U.S. marine’s death following HSI San Diego, multiagency probe

A federal court jury convicted a local area man of distributing fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of an active-duty lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps on May 21, 2020. This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Drug Enforcement Administration. 🔗 Keep reading

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Updated: 09/30/2022