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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Nov. 19, 2010

Nov. 18, 2010 – Mexican national sentenced to 20 years in prison for illegal re-entry, possessing firearms and drugs

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) helped secure the arrest of Jesus Maldonado-Ortega, a previously deported Mexican national. Law enforcement officials discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine and firearms at Maldonado-Ortega's residence. Full Story

Nov. 17, 2010 – Former Indiana police officer sentenced to 15 years for producing child pornography

ICE HSI agents participated in an investigation that led to the arrest of Lawrence Ross Frame, a 20-year veteran police officer. Child pornography images and videos were discovered on several of Frame's digital devices. This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children. Full Story

Nov. 17, 2010 – ICE arrests 6 at-large convicted criminal aliens in Miami

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers launched an operation in South Florida targeting illegal aliens with criminal convictions. Those arrested as a result of the operation had been convicted of crimes ranging from prostitution to aggravated battery with great bodily harm. Full Story

Nov. 15, 2010 – Chinese counterfeit drug distributor sentenced to prison

Kum Leung Chow used a Hong Kong-based company named Kingdom International Enterprises LTD to obtain and distribute counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. The drugs were offered at reduced rates on two websites and could have posed harm to individuals that consumed them. Full Story

Nov. 15, 2010 – 5 charged in scheme to transport prostitutes to work in brothels in Maryland

ICE HSI participated in the announcement of a criminal complaint against German de Jesus Ventura and four other individuals. The five men allegedly ran brothels in Annapolis, Easton and elsewhere in Maryland. Evidence suggests they transported sex workers, made appointments, advertised brothels and threatened competitor pimps through the use of violence. Full Story