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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Feb. 8, 2013

Feb. 5, 2013 – TOP STORY: ICE Director John Morton addresses Chatham House

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton spoke at the Chatham House in London, United Kingdom, Feb. 5. In his remarks, Morton spoke on international law enforcement cooperation, and said that the timing was perfect because of the potential creation of the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom this year. Full Story

Feb. 5, 2013 – Los Angeles-area woman initially charged as 'Jane Doe' in child pornography case named in federal grand jury indictment

The woman identified last month as one of two suspects sought in connection with a child pornography case tied to the San Fernando Valley was indicted Feb. 5 on federal charges of producing child pornography, as well as child sex trafficking. If convicted of all four charges in the indictment, Letha Montemayor Tucker would face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and could be sentenced to as much as life in federal prison. Full Story

Feb. 6, 2013 – Corporations charged for allegedly importing hazardous and counterfeit toys from China for sale in the US

Five individuals and five corporations have been charged in an indictment unsealed Feb. 6 for allegedly importing hazardous and counterfeit toys from China for sale in the United States. All are charged with importing and trafficking hazardous toys in violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act, importing toys bearing copyright-infringing images and counterfeit trademarks, smuggling, money laundering and structuring. Full Story

Feb. 7, 2013 – Key player in large-scale human smuggling ring sentenced to 8 years in prison

A Guatemalan national who admitted playing a central role in a large-scale human smuggling organization that brought thousands of illegal aliens from Central America to Southern California, often holding them against their will in so-called drop houses, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Full Story

Feb. 4, 2013 – Rhode Island man pleads guilty to producing child pornography outside the US

A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography outside of the United States, and subsequently transporting it back into the country. When sentenced, the man faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Full Story