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ICE in the News - Archives: February 2015


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Stolen 17th century books discovered in S.F., to be returned to Italy

San Francisco Chronicle; Feb. 26, 2015

A treasure trove of Italian antiquities – including two nearly 400-year-old books discovered in the Bay Area, and frescos from Pompei – is being returned to its country of origin after being stolen piece by piece by thieves, officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday.

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19 NJ movers with no license hit by sting

Asbury Park Press; Feb. 26, 2015

Nineteen moving crews, including two from Ocean County, that were hoping to work a job in Wyckoff instead got hit with citations during what turned out to be an undercover sting by the state's consumer affairs investigators.

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Video: Go inside Naco drug-smuggling tunnel

Arizona Daily Star; Feb. 26, 2015

A U-Haul containing more than two tons of marijuana was pulled over by Bisbee police Monday night, leading federal agents to a cross-border smuggling tunnel in nearby Naco, authorities said.

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New Hampshire students told heroin epidemic, rise in prostitution linked

New Hampshire Union Leader; Feb. 25, 2015

GOFFSTOWN — Saint Anselm College students got an education in human misery Monday when a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spoke about the link between the state’s heroin epidemic and prostitution in downtown Manchester.

Former Fresno detective pleads guilty to taking bribe from drug dealer

Fresno Bee; Feb. 24, 2015

A former Fresno police detective on Monday pleaded guilty to a federal charge of taking a $20,000 bribe from a suspected drug dealer. The investigation into Kumagai and Somphoune was a joint effort by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Sheboygan police co-sponsor anti-trafficking conference

Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Press; Feb. 23, 2015

More than 650 people are expected to attend an anti-human trafficking conference in Milwaukee co-sponsored by the Sheboygan Police Department and slated to be held Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Human trafficking focus of March 3 meeting

Lake Wylie Pilot; Feb. 23, 2015

Learn about human trafficking in the Charlotte area during the noon March 3 Lake Wylie Rotary Club meeting at Good Samaritan UMC, 520 Crowders Cove Road. Joseph A. Gallion, deputy special agent of homeland security investigations of Georgia and the Carolinas, is the guest speaker.

Thumbs Up: Greenville Rotary Club honors top officers

Greenville (South Carolina) Online; Feb. 20, 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Steven Michaels was honored as the Rotary Club of Greenville’s 2014 Federal Officer of the Year.

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Japanese Red Army member arrested upon return from U.S.

Japan Times; Feb. 20, 2015

Tokyo police arrested a Japanese Red Army member for attempted arson associated with a 1986 mortar attack in Indonesia as he returned to Japan on Friday afternoon following his release from a U.S. prison in January.

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Stolen Picasso worth millions discovered in New York

Agence France Presse; Feb. 20, 2015

A Picasso painting, snatched more than a decade ago from a storeroom in Paris, has surfaced in New York and will be returned to the French government, US officials said Thursday.

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Women In Aviation president receives leadership award

Aero News Network; Feb 20, 2015

Nearly 120 flight school operators, chief flight instructors and industry partners attended the Sixth Annual Flight School Operators Conference presented by the Flight School Association of America (FSANA). During the opening session, presentations from officials of the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), TSA, and FAA had a tremendous response from flight school operators. The agencies' reports of new policy, updated portals and developing methods to better communicate held encouraging news for attendees.

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ICE deports Saudi national that forced shutdown at Fort Sam Houston

KSAT (San Antonio); Feb. 20, 2015

A Saudi national was deported Thursday by officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operation after he was convicted of illegally making his way onto Fort Sam Houston, which was subsequently put on lockdown.

Chicago company employees indicted for exporting military articles

Chicago Journal Online; Feb 19, 2015

An Arlington Heights company, its president, and a former employee were indicted on federal charges for unlawfully exporting and importing military articles, including components used in night vision systems and on the M1A1 Abrams tank, which is the main battle tank used by the U.S. Armed Forces. The defendants were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in January and made public this week.

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Porn ring suspects face charges of luring boys from Riverside County parks

San Bernadino – California Sun; Feb 19, 2015

A licensed foster care provider who worked for the Palm Springs Unified School District and an alleged accomplice are scheduled to appear in an Indio courtroom today, facing charges of producing child pornography with boys they lured away from Riverside County parks, sometimes by offering to help them become child models.

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Vancouver man sold meth on Silk Road, made a bitcoin bundle a half-gram at a time

Oregonian; Feb. 17, 2015

The biggest methamphetamine dealer on the now-defunct "Silk Road" online marketplace pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Portland to his role in a $607,000 drug and money laundering conspiracy.

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On the Record Reports: Stolen Lives

Fox Business Network; Feb. 16

Program examines the shocking world of human trafficking and the fierce battle to end it.

Naperville man among 32 charged in drug laundering bust

Daily Herald (Chicago); Feb. 13, 2015

A Naperville man is among 32 defendants charged with laundering more than $100 million in drug proceeds for Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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Jamaica extradites first lottery scam suspect to US

Associated Press; Feb. 12, 2015

A Jamaican man was extradited Thursday from the Caribbean island to Florida on charges that he was involved in a lottery scam ring that defrauded elderly Americans out of their retirement savings.

Female predators play a role in sex trafficking cases

WUSA9; Feb. 12, 2015

WUSA9 shows the emerging role of women in child exploitation and sex trafficking cases. They are increasingly used as recruiters – luring the most vulnerable into a violent and disturbing trade. They're using business savvy to build their criminal enterprises.

US Bust Nets $29 Million In Cocaine

Caribbean Today; Feb. 12, 2015

Cocaine with an estimated street value of $29 million has been nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, working jointly with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

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Abita Springs man behind international child porn ring sentenced to 21 years in prison

Times-Picayune; Feb. 12, 2015

Jonathan Johnson, an Abita Springs man who established an online network that circulated child pornography among 27,000 members from across the globe, was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison Thursday.

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Sex trafficking cases on the rise

KVIA (ABC); Feb. 8, 2015

Sex trafficking investigations and convictions have increased six-fold in the last five years, according to the new head of Homeland Security Investigations here in El Paso.

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Sex Slaves on the Farm

Newsweek; Feb. 5, 2015

From the passenger seat of the red Camaro convertible hurtling away from Southampton Road, Janet watched the scenery change from one-story houses to tobacco fields and apple orchards.

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New Mexico State Police investigation in Gallup area nets 27 people arrested or charged

AP; Feb. 4, 2015

A year-long New Mexico State Police investigation into drug trafficking in the Gallup area has resulted in 27 people being arrested or charged.

Ross Ulbricht Convicted of Running Silk Road as Dread Pirate Roberts

Bloomberg.com; Feb. 4, 2015

The founder of the Silk Road website faces life in prison for running an underground Internet emporium that catered to hackers and drug traffickers.

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TPD honors Homeland Security Investigations agent

The Dispatch - North Carolina; Feb. 2, 2015

Officers with the Thomasville Police Department honored a veteran law enforcement officer Thursday afternoon during a ceremony at the department.

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Sweet seizure: Imported honey valued at $2.45 million seized

Cypress Creek Mirror; Feb. 1, 2015

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have seized since October illegally imported Chinese honey valued at $2.45 million destined for U.S. consumers.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/16/2019