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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan. 21, 2011

Jan. 21, 2011 - ICE returns stolen Degas painting missing for 37 years to French government

In 1973, a Degas painting titled "Blanchisseuses Souffrant Des Dents" disappeared from the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France. It turned up 37 years later in a Sotheby's New York catalogue for a pending auction. Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Morton returned the painting to the acting French ambassador to the United States. Full Story

Jan. 20, 2011 - ICE & Tyson Foods partner in an effort to protect the nation's lawful workforce

Tyson Foods, Inc. became the newest member of the IMAGE Program (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers). IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows companies to maintain an authorized workforce. Tyson Foods audited its hiring practices and participated in the federal government's E-Verify program to qualify for the program. Full Story

Jan. 20, 2011 - ICE arrests 5 criminal sex offenders in Houston

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers conducted an operation targeting convicted criminal aliens in the Houston area. The officers arrested five individuals who were in the United States illegally and had previously been convicted of crimes ranging from sexually assaulting a child to possessing child pornography. Full Story

Jan. 19, 2011 - Connecticut man admits to illegally purchasing and possessing body armor

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents participated in an investigation that led to the arrest of Waheed Islam. Islam illegally purchased body armor designed to withstand gunfire from a 9 mm pistol. He had previously been convicted of multiple felony counts of violence, including first degree assault and robbery. Full Story

Jan. 19, 2011 - Maryland man sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison for possession of child pornography

ICE HSI agents executed a search warrant at Paul Gary Pinkston's residence after an investigation revealed that he subscribed to a fee-based child pornography website. Pinkston had 29 videos and 53 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his computer. The investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Full Story