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Top 5 ICE news stories for the week ending August 6, 2010

August 3, 2010 -- San Francisco, CA: San Francisco merchants charged with trafficking counterfeit apparel and accessories worth millions of dollars

The owners and operators of eight shops in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf district and several of the stores' employees were charged in a 25-count indictment as part of the largest federal enforcement action ever taken against West Coast retailers suspected of selling counterfeit designer apparel and accessories. To consumers who think designer knockoffs are a harmless way to beat the system and get a great deal, 'buyer beware,'" said ICE Director John Morton. "Trademark infringement and intellectual property crime not only cost this country much needed jobs and business revenues, but the illegal importation of substandard products can also pose a serious threat to consumers' health and safety." Full Story

August 3, 2010 -- Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles man re-sentenced to 25-year prison term for sex tourism

A former English teacher in Bangkok has received a 25-year prison term for his conviction on federal charges of traveling to Thailand to have sex with minors, a sentence that was imposed after the government appealed a 10-year sentence previously issued in the case. "This sentence is a powerful reminder about the consequences facing Americans who travel overseas seeking to sexually exploit innocent children," said ICE director John Morton. "Stopping these deviant and criminal acts is a priority that requires aggressive action." Full story

August 4, 2010 -- New York, NY: ICE senior special agent leads art investigations that bring justice to past war crimes

In war-torn Europe, with the Nazi persecution of Jews and other groups, many people decided to literally run for their lives, abandoning hearth and home and everything in it, including family heirlooms and valuable artwork. Senior Special Agent Bonnie Goldblatt, the ICE subject matter expert on cultural property, art and antiquities for the Northeast region, will also tell you of the pains European people went to in protecting their artwork while the war raged with air raids sounding and bombs blasting. Full story

August 4, 2010 -- Atlanta, GA: California pilot and accomplice arraigned on marijuana distribution charges

Igor Goldenshtein, 42, of Los Angeles, and Edward Akselrod, 36, of Tarzana, Calif., were arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield, III on charges of conspiracy and possession of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute, following an investigation by ICE. ICE HSI special agents received a tip on July 19 that a small airplane had taken off from Hawthorne Municipal Airport just outside of Los Angeles, en route to Peachtree-DeKalb Airport (PDK) in Chamblee, Ga., with a load of marijuana. Full story

August 5, 2010 -- Washington D.C.: National Sheriffs' Association expresses support for ICE criminal alien enforcement efforts

The National Sheriffs' Association, a leading national organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism in the law enforcement field, recently adopted a resolution expressing support for two ICE programs dedicated to criminal alien enforcement. Full story