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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Nov. 29, 2013

Nov. 26, 2013 – ICE, industry warn public of holiday scams

A group of federal partners at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) teamed with industry and nonprofit organizations to warn consumers today to be wary of holiday shopping scams designed to dupe them into buying counterfeit products. Full Story

Nov. 26, 2013 – 1 year later: Austin's newly formed ICE team arrests 174 criminals

Since the local office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) established its Fugitive Operations Team in October 2012, officers from this Austin office have arrested 198 aliens, including 174 with criminal histories. Full Story

Nov. 26, 2013 – Ringleader sentenced to 35 years in prison on sex trafficking charges

A Maryland brothel ringleader was sentenced Tuesday on sex trafficking charges following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Annapolis Police Department and the Easton Police Department. Full Story

Nov. 26, 2013 – Final 4 of 29 inmates and guards convicted in Operation Prison Cell sentenced in southeast Texas

The final four people, out of 29 who have been convicted in a large-scale racketeering case involving the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit in Beeville, were sentenced Monday. This investigation was led by HSI. Full Story

Nov. 27, 2013 – 3 Mexican men sentenced in violent Phoenix hostage case

Three Mexican men have each been sentenced to a decade or more in prison for their role in the operation of a violent Phoenix drop house where smuggled aliens were held hostage while the defendants sought to extort smuggling fees from the aliens' relatives. Full Story