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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 6, 2012

April 5, 2012 — New Mexico retired teacher arrested on federal child pornography charges

A 72-year-old retired teacher residing in Raton, N.M., was arrested Wednesday on a criminal complaint alleging that he distributed, received and possessed child pornography between Oct. 14, 2011 and April 4.  Full Story

April 4, 2012 — San Juan BEST seizes 28 kilograms of cocaine from cargo ship

Earlier this week, the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based, multiagency Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) seized approximately 28 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container arriving at the Port of San Juan from the Dominican Republic. Full Story

April 4, 2012 — President of an Arizona drywall company sentenced for employing illegal aliens

The company’s president was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $450,000, following a 16-month Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigation into the company’s hiring practices. The company employed at least 27 illegal aliens and did not present employment documents when asked during a federal inspection. Full Story

April 2, 2012 — West Texas man sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison for transporting child pornography

Tomas Lira Jr. was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to transporting child pornography. He posted an ad on craigslist.org titled, "looking for a son." An HSI special agent, acting in an undercover capacity and posing as a 15-year-old, responded to the ad. The two communicated via email and text messages, discussing sexual matters on several occasions and exchanging an image of child pornography. Full Story

April 2, 2012 — ICE arrests more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives in nationwide operation

On Monday, ICE announced the results of a six-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation, which led to the arrest of more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators. This operation involved the collaboration of more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents from all of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations' (ERO) 24 field offices, assistance from ICE HSI, and coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement partners throughout the United States. Full Story