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ICE seizes 181,000 counterfeit items worth nearly $43 million in Laredo, Texas
Intellectual Property Rights
Laredo, TX

HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics. Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure.

ICE executes federal criminal search warrants at Fresh Mark, 146 arrested on immigration violations
Worksite Enforcement
Salem, OH

Special agents from ICE's HSI late Tuesday executed a criminal search warrant at Fresh Mark in Salem, Ohio, in addition to federal document search warrants at three other Fresh Mark locations in Northern Ohio. During the search warrant execution, authorities identified 146 Fresh Mark employees working at the Salem meat processor who were subject to arrest for immigration violations.

ICE arrests 91 in New Jersey operation targeting criminal aliens
Enforcement and Removal
Newark, NJ

The individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were nationals of Anguilla (1), Bangladesh (1), Cameroon (1), Colombia (4), Cuba (3), Dominican Republic (14), Ecuador (4), Egypt (1), El Salvador (10), Ghana (1), Guatemala (3), Guinea (1), Guyana (2), Haiti (3), Honduras (4), Jamaica (3), Korea (2), Macedonia (2), Mexico (12), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan (2), Philippines (4), Peru (4), Poland (1), Spain (1), St. Lucia (1), Trinidad (3), and Venezuela (2).

ICE and DOJ return Christopher Columbus letter to Spain
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Washington, DC

The letter, originally written in 1493, was stolen from the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona and sold for approximately $1 million.

3-month review shows how New York City's failure to honor immigration detainers leads to hundreds of dangerous criminals released
Enforcement and Removal
New York, NY

Within the three months, from January to mid-April this year, ICE prepared more than 440 detainers against aliens booked by NYPD or NYDOC. Nearly 40 individuals who were released from custody, reoffended and were again arrested for crimes by local law enforcement officers.

ICE arrests 78 criminal aliens and immigration violators in enforcement surge in 5 Midwest states
Enforcement and Removal
Minneapolis, MN

During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following states: Iowa (25), Nebraska (25), Minnesota (15), South Dakota (10) and North Dakota (3).  Of the 78 arrested, 62 had criminal convictions.  Seventy-two men and six women were arrested; they range in age from 20 to 64 years old.

Louisiana legislature honors ICE and its partners as part of Public Service Recognition Week
Management and Administration
New Orleans, LA

As part of national Public Service Recognition Week, the Louisiana House of Representatives honored U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday with a House Resolution commending an ICE Homeland Security Investigations task force in Louisiana for its efforts fighting human trafficking and other cross border criminal activity throughout the state.

ICE returns thousands of ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby to Iraq
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Washington, DC

After a review of the items and their documentation, ICE HSI Special Agents, in conjunction with Assistant U.S. Attorneys at United States District Court for EDNY conducted interviews of a number of Hobby Lobby employees between January and June of 2016 which led to the discovery of a deliberate intent by employees of the company to avoid using a customs broker for the artifacts related to this transaction.

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