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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Oct. 14, 2011

Oct. 13, 2011 — ICE HSI works to take down fraudulent telemarketing network in Jamaica

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service supported "Operation Due North," a series of search warrants led by the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Customs Department. This operation targeted criminal aliens who specialized in telemarketing/lottery fraud in and around Montego Bay, Jamaica. As a result of last month's operation, 12 locations were searched and 14 individuals were arrested. Full Story

Oct. 13, 2011 — ICE HSI returns stolen painting to France

On Thursday, officials from ICE; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY); and Interpol Washington, U.S. National Central Bureau, attended a repatriation ceremony to return a painting, stolen from France more than 90 years ago, back to its rightful country. Full Story

Oct. 13, 2011 — Texas gang members face federal drug charges

Law enforcement authorities arrested six members of the Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) and their associates this week, following two federal drug indictments. These charges stem from an FBI-led investigation that was assisted by ICE HSI and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Full Story

Oct. 13, 2011 — ICE-led multi-agency operation yields 17 arrests in Arizona

A major multi-agency law enforcement operation headed by ICE HSI and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) resulted in the execution of 12 search warrants and the arrest of 17 suspected smugglers in central and southern Arizona this week. Full Story

Oct. 11, 2011 — Tampa man pleads guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering; faces life sentence

A Tampa man is facing a mandatory life sentence after pleading guilty to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, and to conspiring to launder drug proceeds. Full Story