Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I.C.E. News

ICE and international partners seize more than $41 million in Colombia and Mexico

Largest container bulk cash seizure made in Colombia and the United States
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents along with Colombian and Mexican law enforcement officers between Sept. 9 and 18 made the largest bulk cash container seizure in Colombia and the United States - more than $41 million in U.S. currency that was secreted in shipping containers found in ports in Colombia and Mexico. The seizures are part of an ongoing ICE investigation by ICE's Attaché Office in Bogota, Colombia."

Former city councilman convicted on child pornography charges
"A federal jury convicted a former city councilman and firefighter from Eastern Washington last Thursday on charges of possession and receipt of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

BEST team arrests convicted child predator for illegally returning to the U.S.
Mexican citizen was deported in 2004 after child sex crime conviction
"Members of the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) on Friday arrested a convicted aggravated felon who illegally re-entered the United States after he was deported in 2004 for raping a minor.

Cesar Gonzalez-Gomez, 43, from Mexico, was arrested Sept. 25 outside a residence in Anthony, N.M. He was convicted of aggravated burglary, criminal sexual contact with a minor, and other related sex crimes. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. After his release from prison, ICE deported him in October 2004.

Recently BEST members received information that Gonzalez-Gomez was back in the United States. He is believed to have returned to the country illegally in January. As a deported aggravated felon, he is charged with re-entry after deportation, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison."

ICE seizes 22,728 counterfeit CDs and DVDs valued at $85,390
"More than 22,000 counterfeit CDs and DVDs being sold in flea markets in Ponce, Salinas, Santa Isabel and Coamo were seized Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents as part of a targeted enforcement operation.

Operation Captain Morgan is part of an ongoing ICE initiative in Puerto Rico that began in October 2008 to target vendors involved in intellectual property rights (IPR) violations. The 22,728 items seized have an estimated street value of $85,390. ICE special agents also seized $664 of illicit proceeds derived from the sale of counterfeit products."

U.S. Army private and 3 other men indicted on sex trafficking and drug charges

Allegedly recruited 16 year old girl to travel from Ohio to Maryland for prostitution
"A federal grand jury has indicted a Millersville, Md., man and three conspirators from Ohio on charges of running a sex trafficking business from an apartment in Millersville, announced U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The indictment was returned on Sept. 24, 2009, and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants. The indictment calls for the forfeiture of all property used in the commission of the crimes, including financial proceeds and a 2006 Chrysler 300 registered in Ohio.
'This case demonstrates the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's policy of zero tolerance for child prostitution," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "Anyone who profits from sex with children should be on notice that law enforcement agents and prosecutors are standing by to send them to federal prison. Our goal is to prosecute the perpetrators and seize all profits generated by the criminal activity.'"

76 arrested statewide in ICE-led multi-agency gang enforcement effort
Operation Community Shield enforcement actions target gang members in 4 Utah counties
"A total of 76 gang members and gang associates across the state, including many with serious criminal histories, are facing criminal charges or deportation today following a two-month, multi-agency gang enforcement surge spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in close coordination with the offices of the Utah U.S. Attorney and the Utah Attorney General.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative by ICE's National Gang Unit called 'Operation Community Shield.'  As part of the initiative, ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs."

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