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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 24, 2011

June 21, 2011 — ICE arrests more than 2,400 convicted criminal aliens, fugitives in enforcement operation throughout all 50 states

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the results of a seven-day targeted "Cross Check" enforcement operation. The operation, which was conducted in May, led to the arrest of more than 2,400 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives who had committed crimes such as armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse and more. Full Story

June 21, 2011 — ICE deports man wanted in Brazil for counterfeiting money

A Brazilian national, who was wanted by law enforcement authorities in his native country for counterfeiting money, was deported on Monday by officers with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Full Story

June 20, 2011 — Baltimore store owner sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling counterfeit luxury apparel and accessories

A Maryland man was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for selling counterfeit items with brand names such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Polo and Nike. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore County Police Department. Full Story

June 20, 2011 — ICE assists Mexican authorities in seizing more than $2.4 million concealed inside telephone cable

Mexico's customs authority, the Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT), with assistance from ICE HSI, seized more than $2.4 million concealed within four large rolls of telephone cable at the cargo facility of Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. The money was to be placed on a flight bound for Caracas, Venezuela. Full Story

June 20, 2011 — Customs Cross Designation Program extends ICE HSI authorities to law enforcement partners

Last month, Panama City, Fla., quadrupled the number of law enforcement partners with cross-designation authorities. Instead of having to contact the local Panama City field office for assistance, Panama City Airport Police officers can now enforce customs-related laws, conduct searches, make seizures and arrests, and perform law enforcement duties authorized by federal law. They have the authority to take down narcotics smugglers, money launderers and individuals committing fraud.Full Story