Saturday, September 26, 2009

I.C.E. News

9 men tied to LA-area gang arrested in ICE drug, weapons trafficking probe
One defendant claims to be Mexican drug cartel hit man
"The enforcement action caps a nine-month ICE investigation into allegations that members of the 'Barrio Evil 13' street gang were involved in narcotics and weapons trafficking. The affidavit filed in support of the arrest and search warrants details more than a dozen occasions where the defendants sold an ICE undercover operative illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as ammunition and firearms. Among the weapons purchased by ICE undercover operatives were assault rifles, sawed-off shotguns, a sub-machine gun and a hand grenade, which turned out to be inert."

3 men indicted for harboring and holding aliens hostage

Held 11 aliens hostage, some sexually abused
"Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury for harboring and holding aliens hostage in a southwest Houston residence and demanding thousands of dollars from families for their release announced United States Attorney Tim Johnson on Thursday. The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)... According to the complaint, the men being held were aliens who had been illegally smuggled into the country. The smuggled aliens claimed, according to the complaint, that while the guards fed them, the guards were armed, beating and threatening the men. Upon arriving at the stash house, the complaint alleges the smuggled men were stripped of their clothing to prevent escape and their mouths were often taped shut. Some men were allegedly sexually abused. The men were often held for several days until their families sent the additional money demanded for their release."

Dutch firm and two officers plead guilty to conspiracy to export aircraft components to Iran
Defendants tried to conceal the fact that the parts and goods were bound for Iran
"A Dutch aviation services company, its director and sales manager pleaded guilty today in the District of Columbia to federal charges related to a conspiracy to illegally export aircraft components and other items from the United States to entities in Iran via the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus."

Illegal alien sentenced for illegal re-entry into the U.S.
Deported in 1998 following a kidnapping conviction in Cobb County
"Armando Galardo-Navarrete, 28, of Marietta, Georgia, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. Today's sentence follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Office of Detention and Removal in Atlanta.
Galardo-Navarrete was also sentenced by United States District Judge J. Owen Forrester to three years of supervised release. He will be deported to Mexico upon the completion of his prison sentence."

ICE agents return more than $286,000 to elderly couple in N.Y.
"An elderly New York couple received $286,000 following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into a money-laundering ring operated in the Dominican Republic.

In May of 2008, ICE agents in Mobile received information regarding the money-laundering ring that had acquired a large sum of stolen U.S. Treasury Bonds from the 1950s and 1960s. The illicit organization wanted ICE undercover agents to create a fake identity and a survivor will in order to cash the bonds. The original family members who had purchased the bonds were two siblings who had passed away.

ICE agents in Mobile, with the assistance of ICE agents in New York and the Alabama National Guard Counter Drug Program, spent several months searching leads in an attempt to locate surviving heirs. The locations of the burial sites of the original bond purchasers were discovered and agents were able to find two surviving heirs. In July of 2009, the U. S. Treasury was able to verify $286,000 of the original bonds as valid and that amount was turned over to the New York couple."

72-year-old Fort Worth woman sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for her role as leader of visa fraud scheme
She arranged fraudulent marriages between foreign nationals and U.S. citizens for a fee
"A 72-year-old grandmother who operated a marriage fraud ring for decades was sentenced Sept. 23 to serve 44 months in federal prison. The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General, the Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General."

Fraudulent telemarketer sentenced to 50 years, co-conspirators also sentenced for roles in fake sweepstakes scheme"Four owners of Costa Rica-based telemarketing call centers, an employee and a Texas-based list broker were sentenced yesterday for their roles in defrauding thousands of U.S. victims of more than $20 million through a phony sweepstakes scheme following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Inspector General."

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