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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 26, 2013

April 25, 2013 – Denver's Metro Gang Task Force arrests scores of defendants charged with drug trafficking crimes

Thirty-three people were arrested throughout Colorado's "Front Range" April 25 for drug trafficking crimes. The arrests were made by approximately 350 officials with Denver's Metro Gang Task Force and other agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations special agents. Full Story

April 23, 2013 – French citizen charged with fraud following incident at Philadelphia International Airport

A French citizen was charged April 23 with fraud in connection with his alleged attempt to pose as an Air France pilot at Philadelphia International Airport. The charge is the result of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Full Story

April 24, 2013 – 3 Orange County vendors charged with selling counterfeit goods

The Orange County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against three local vendors identified during Operation Fashion Faux Pas, a crackdown by ICE's HSI agents on Orange County retailers suspected of dealing in counterfeit designer goods. Full Story

April 24, 2013 – US and the Republic of Nigeria sign the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

On behalf of the United States and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement April 22 with Nigeria Customs Service Comptroller General Abdullahi Dikko Inde. This agreement marks a significant milestone in collaboration between the two countries. Full Story

April 24, 2013 – Feds charge 7 in probe targeting smuggling of highly prized fish bladders

Federal authorities announced the filing of criminal charges April 24 against seven individuals for their role in plundering and smuggling swim bladders belonging to the endangered Totoaba fish that lives exclusively in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Full Story