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Ancient antiquities and Saddam Hussein-era objects returned to Iraq
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Washington, DC

As part of “Operation Lost Treasure,” HSI New York special agents received information on June 30, 2008, that an antiquities dealer based in Dubai was selling looted Iraqi antiquities to dealers around the world. The special agents seized the limestone statue on Aug. 13, 2008, after it was shipped to New York by a Dubai-based antiquities trading company owned by the antiques dealer.

ICE arrests wanted child predator following public tip
Child Exploitation
Raleigh, NC

William Akers, 46, is in federal custody facing child pornography charges following a public outreach campaign by HSI to identify a previously unknown man captured on video sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. The plea for public assistance was disseminated by dozens of media outlets, reached more than 1.6 million people on Facebook and Twitter and generated more than 80 leads to the HSI tip line.

ICE Chicago office deports Canadian national wanted for crimes in Québec
Enforcement & Removal Operations
Chicago, IL

Alain Painchaud, 46, of Sasseville, Québec, was repatriated to Canada via ground transportation from Chicago and turned over to the custody of Canadian authorities at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

$3 million marijuana bust leads to discovery of sophisticated smuggling tunnel
Narcotics Enforcement
Naco, AZ

Federal agents continue to investigate Tuesday morning’s discovery of a sophisticated cross-border drug tunnel uncovered overnight in Naco, following a traffic stop by local police that yielded more than two tons of marijuana.

ICE removes Japanese national convicted of terror attack on US Embassy
Enforcement & Removal Operations
Alexandria, LA

Tsutomu Shirosaki, 67, was convicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in February 1998 of assault with intent to murder, attempted destruction of buildings, attempted murder of internationally protected persons and violent attack on official premises of internationally protected persons.

ICE, Caribbean Corridor Strike Force seize $29 million worth of cocaine, arrest 13
Narcotics Enforcement
San Juan, Puerto Rico

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), seized 989 kilograms of cocaine and arrested 13 individuals for drug trafficking following an at-sea interdiction Feb. 3 approximately eight nautical miles off the coast of Manati. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $29 million.

ICE dismantles major transnational drug trafficking, money laundering organization
Narcotics Enforcement
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nineteen alleged members of a major international drug trafficking and money laundering organization responsible for the importation of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine into the United States and the laundering of millions of dollars were arrested Thursday in Colombia, Puerto Rico and Florida. Dubbed “Bullfighter,” the joint investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

HSI seeks public tips to help locate 10 human trafficking fugitives
Human Trafficking
Washington, DC

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) released the names and photographs of 10 fugitives wanted for human trafficking crimes, in the hope that tips from the public could lead to the identification and arrest of these individuals.

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