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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Aug. 23, 2013

Aug. 20, 2013 – ICE deports Sandra Avila Beltran

A Mexican woman convicted of being an accessory after the fact in aiding cocaine traffickers, and known to international media outlets as the "Queen of the Pacific" for her alleged ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel, was deported to Mexico Aug. 20 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Full Story

Aug. 23, 2013 – Sierra Leone man arrested for brokering uranium deal for Iran

Federal agents arrested a Sierra Leone man Aug. 21 for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to broker the sale of yellowcake uranium to Iran. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. Full Story

Aug. 23, 2013 – HSI, Mexican government host human trafficking awareness training

U.S. and Mexican government agencies came together to host a human trafficking training conference for judges, prosecutors, forensic specialists, psychologists and researchers Aug. 19 to 23 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The conference was hosted by HSI, Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the National Institute for Immigration. Full Story

Aug. 21, 2013 – Seattle-area man admits to illegally importing and selling counterfeit luxury car accessories

A Seattle-area man who sold more than $500,000 in counterfeit luxury-brand vehicle accessories pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to trafficking in counterfeit goods. Guoxiong Xian, owner of 3 Ways, LLC, sold auto parts and accessories such as license plate frames, marque license plates, automobile logos and other decorative items bearing the trademarks of BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan and others. Full Story

Aug. 19, 2013 – 12 defendants charged with child sexual exploitation offenses in LA's Inland Empire

A Corona, Calif., man, who extorted minors into sending sexually explicit videos and photographs of themselves over the Internet, is among the 12 individuals charged in the Inland Empire during the last two months as part of a federal crackdown on child sex offenders. Full Story