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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Nov. 4, 2011

Nov. 3, 2011 — Phoenix's community relations officer brings people together

Rudy Bustamante knows Phoenix. After all, he's spent his entire life there, serving in community roles ranging from police detective to school board member. So when ICE was looking for a community relations officer for the Phoenix area, Bustamante was the perfect fit. Two years into the position, he is still working tirelessly to educate advocacy groups, schools, neighborhoods, and local law enforcement agencies about ICE. Full Story

Nov. 3, 2011 — Illegal alien sentenced to 40 months in federal prison

An investigation by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) resulted in a Mexican national being sentenced this week to 40 months in federal prison for illegally returning to the United States after being deported twice. Full Story

Nov. 3, 2011 — Co-founder of NinjaVideo.net pleads guilty to criminal copyright conspiracy

Earlier this week, a co-founder of NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. This investigation is being conducted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.   Full Story

Oct. 31, 2011 — Multi-agency probe deals death blow to 'billion dollar' drug ring

On Monday, federal, state and local authorities announced the results of "Operation Pipeline Express," a 17-month multi-agency investigation responsible for dismantling a massive narcotics trafficking organization, suspected of smuggling more than $33 million dollars' worth of drugs a month through Arizona's western desert.  Full Story

Oct. 31, 2011 — ICE HSI agents recover 20,000 pounds of cocaine

The Panama Express Strike Force took custody of 8,963 kilogram (19,720 pounds) of cocaine in a case being explored by a team of investigators, including special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  Full Story