Friday, August 21, 2009

I.C.E. News

Drug trafficker sentenced to more than 8 years for lying about his citizenship
ORLANDO - A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led investigation resulted in a significant criminal sentence for Carlos Guzman Tejeda, 23, a Dominican national that pled guilty to charges of knowingly importing a controlled substance.
"This case demonstrates how ICE and our federal law enforcement partners seek criminal prosecution of individuals who mislead law enforcement officials and tarnish the integrity of our immigration system," said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Tampa. "ICE is committed to enforcing our immigration and customs laws and will continue identify those that attempt to smuggle drugs into the United States and remove them from our streets."
Acting Director of the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Patrick Donovan said, "Passport and visa fraud are potential threats to our national security. U. S. passports and visas are among the most coveted documents in the world. Terrorists and criminals could use fraudulent passports and visas to enter the United States to commit acts of violence. Travel document fraud makes the United States more vulnerable to crime and terrorism, plain and simple."
http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0908/090820orlando.htm


2 plead guilty to importing 300 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.
WEST PLAM BEACH, Fla. - Mark Pinder and Parson Exana pleaded guilty today for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States from the Bahamas. Both men face a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of $4 million.
The guilty pleas are the result of a multi-agency effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Jupiter Police Department, the Boca Raton Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0908/090820westpalmbeach.htm


Former IRA militant deported to IrelandPol Brennan was convicted of transporting firearms and explosives for the Irish Republican Army
HARLINGEN, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported a former Irish Republican Army (IRA) militant and convicted criminal to Ireland on Friday.
http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0908/090821harlingen.htm

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