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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Oct. 22, 2010

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Oct. 22, 2010

Oct. 22, 2010 - Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Cordero applaud first-ever class of ICE-trained Mexican Customs officials

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted an inaugural training course for 24 men and women from Mexico's Tax Administration Service and Customs. The course focused on both Mexican and U.S. customs law, as well as investigative techniques, officer safety tactics, and ethics -- helping graduates combat cross-border crime, including money laundering, customs offenses and weapons and drug trafficking. Full Story

Oct. 21, 2010 - Feds indict 61 in multi-agency drug probe focusing on Los Angeles-area gangs

More than 800 federal and local law enforcement officers participated in a massive takedown of cocaine and methamphetamine suppliers in California on Thursday morning. The suppliers provided drugs to some of the most violent street gangs in Los Angeles, Long Beach and La Puente. ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) spearheaded the investigation that led to Thursday's arrests. Full story

Oct. 21, 2010 - Leader of alien smuggling organization sentenced to almost 16 years in prison

ICE HSI agents conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of Servando "El Chino" Alvarado-Casas, an illegal Mexican national and leader of an alien smuggling organization. Alvarado-Casas is believed to have smuggled thousands of illegal aliens into the U.S. from Mexico and Guatemala. He is subject to deportation upon completion of his prison sentence. Full story

Oct. 20, 2010 - Hillsborough County earns IMAGE certification from ICE

This week, Hillsborough County became the first county in Florida to become an IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) partner. IMAGE is a voluntary program that helps employers comply with the law by equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure a legal, authorized workforce. Full story

Oct. 20, 2010 - North Florida man charged with traveling to Alabama to engage in sex with a minor

Kenneth E. Haynes of Gulf Breeze, Fla. engaged in sexually explicit online chats with an Internet correspondent believed to be a minor. Haynes then traveled from Florida to Alabama to meet the presumed minor. This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children. Full story