Worksite Enforcement
IMAGE
06/14/2019
New York, NY
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Five New York based employers have partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York on Wednesday, May 15 by joining the agency's employment compliance program IMAGE, or "ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers."

Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE Homeland Security Investigations led effort to reduce the production, sale of counterfeit NBA merchandise
06/14/2019
San Francisco, CA
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HSI’s preliminary numbers reflect that nearly 1600 counterfeit items were seized June 7th and June 13th during their investigative efforts. These items included but were not limited to t-shirts, hats, jerseys, cell phones cases, cell phone ‘pop sockets’, event passes, and tickets.

Human Rights Violators
Multiple flights of ‘Bay Area’ international travelers received an unexpected educational experience
06/12/2019
San Francisco, CA
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This FGM outreach was implemented by HSI agents located in the Bay Area with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the airport. This is a part of a nationwide HSI effort, educating individuals and families about FGM while seeking to identify and help victims and arrest perpetrators of this crime.

Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
IPR Center outreach efforts engaged more than 30,000 in 2 years
06/11/2019
Washington, DC
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The IPR Center conducted 339 foreign and domestic intellectual property rights and commercial fraud training events in FY 2017, reaching 14,258 participants. Domestic training events included the IPR Center’s Counterfeit Awareness, Mitigation, Identification, and Reporting Training.

Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Bronx man convicted of sex trafficking minors, kidnapping and use of a firearm
06/11/2019
New York, NY
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Claudius English, 45, was convicted June 10 in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for multiple counts of sex trafficking minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors as young as 8 years old, kidnapping of a minor, and using a firearm to commit the kidnapping.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE removes Mexican national wanted for rape
06/10/2019
Nogales, AZ
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On Nov. 15, 2000, the Criminal Judicial Branch in Sinaloa, Mexico, issued a warrant against Arturo Lopez-Mendez (a.k.a. “El Mocho”), 45, for the offense of rape. On June 18, 2018, Mexican authorities notified ERO Phoenix that Lopez-Mendez was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant on rape charges.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE El Paso deports Canadian man who stalked Kendall Jenner
06/07/2019
El Paso, TX
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John Ford, 38, who had a final order of removal to Canada, was escorted by ERO officers from El Paso to Houston International Airport, where he boarded a commercial flight, which the officers verified departed directly to Ontario, Canada.

Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Steve Francis
06/06/2019
Washington, DC
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently named Steve Francis as the new assistant director of the HSI-led Global Trade Investigations Division (GTID) and director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

Worksite Enforcement
El Paso eateries join 'IMAGE' program to strengthen their hiring practices
06/06/2019
El Paso, TX
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Carnitas Queretaro was certified as an IMAGE member and becomes the eighth El Paso business to join IMAGE; Garufa Argentinian Restaurant is on its way to complete the process to become a full member.

Narcotics
ICE HSI Yuma seizes cache of illicit goods
06/06/2019
Yuma, AZ
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Over the weekend, HSI Yuma special agents arrested Angel Leon-Camberos, 26, and seized 527.3 lbs. of methamphetamine (approximate street value of nearly $7.2 million), 14.88 lbs. of high grade marijuana and numerous wax (marijuana extract) products with an approximate street value of $103,930, one AR-15 style rifle, one magazine, packaging materials, multiple cell phones and $15,295 in cash in a targeted enforcement action lead by HSI.

Transnational Gangs
ICE Houston arrests 23 gang members, associates during operation targeting MS-13
06/04/2019
Houston, TX
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Three of the MS-13 gang members, all Salvadoran nationals, were arrested on murder charges: Francisco Flores-Salazar, 19, Mario Guevara-Flores, 26, and Francisco Alberto Ancheta-Aquino, 21.

Enforcement and Removal
ICE removes Mexican national wanted for sexually abusing a minor
06/03/2019
Nogales, AZ
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On Jan. 2, the Attorney General’s Office in Sonora, Mexico, issued a warrant against Rodrigo Castillo Alvarez (a.k.a. Oscar Castillo or Alfonso Castillo Delgado) for the offenses of sexual abuse or rape of a child and child molestation. According to Mexican police records, Alvarez was alleged to be one of two predators who violated a female under the age of 12.