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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Feb. 22, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013 – ICE and CBP announce charges linked to major commercial fraud enterprise

Five individuals and two domestic honey-processing companies have been charged with federal crimes in connection with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led investigation surrounding illegal importations of honey from China. Full Story

Feb. 20, 2013 – ICE and Northern Virginia paving and trucking companies partner to protect the area's lawful workforce

Two Northern Virginia companies are the newest members of the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers , designed to encourage businesses to collaborate with ICE and use hiring best practices to ensure they are maintaining a lawful workforce. Full Story

Feb. 20, 2013 – Leader of drug trafficking organization convicted of racketeering, kidnapping and murder

A federal jury in Baltimore convicted a Jamaican woman for murder in aid of racketeering in connection with a conspiracy to distribute marijuana in five U.S. states and Jamaica, following an investigation conducted by ICE's HSI, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Full Story

Feb. 19, 2013 – Kansas City man pleads guilty to interstate travel to have sex with a child

A Kansas City man, who was arrested on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas in August, pleaded guilty in federal court to crossing state lines to have sex with a child. This latest guilty plea is part of an extensive international investigation into child sexual exploitation by ICE HSI. Full Story

Feb. 19, 2013 – Maryland man sentenced to 27 years in prison for sexual bondage of a 15-year-old girl

A man from Parkville, Md., was sentenced to 27 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for conspiracy to produce child pornography and for transporting a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Full Story