Friday, September 11, 2009

News from I.C.E.

New ICE initiative uses biometrics to enhance identification and removal of dangerous criminal aliens from Imperial CountyNow criminal and immigration records of all those arrested to be checked
"EL CENTRO, Calif. - Law enforcement agencies in Imperial County will benefit from a new initiative developed by the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) that modernizes the process used to accurately identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the community.
The initiative, Secure Communities, is administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Secure Communities enables ICE to determine whether an individual arrested by a participating state or local law enforcement agency is a dangerous criminal alien and take the appropriate action to remove that individual from the community.
The Secure Communities biometric identification technology is now accessible to the state and local law enforcement agencies in Imperial County that use electronic booking machines maintained by the Imperial County Jail. The program has already been implemented in approximately 79 counties, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with nationwide coverage expected by the end of 2013."

ICE and Colombian National Police seize more than $11.2 million at largest cargo port in Colombia
"WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents along with Colombian customs inspectors and Colombian National Police (CNP) officers seized approximately $11.2 million Wednesday at the port of Buenaventura, Colombia. The seizure was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the CNP and ICE Attaché Bogota.
The U.S. currency was hidden in two shipping containers, each containing 20 big bags filled with ammonium sulfate. Sixteen of the 40 bags contained $700,000 in $20 dollar bill denominations. The containers departed from the port of Manzanillo, Mexico, destined to the west coast port of Buenaventura, Colombia."

ICE deports Mexican fugitive for murder
"EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers deported a man wanted for murder by authorities in Mexico on Thursday."

ICE-led narcotics investigation results in more than $2 million seized and 13 indicted in Georgia
"NEWNAN, Ga. - Thirteen individuals were indicted on September 1 and more than $2 million in drug proceeds were seized following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Investigations in Atlanta.
The investigation, which began in early April 2009, was conducted in conjunction with the ICE Office of Investigations in Houston and Laredo, the Coweta District Attorney's Office, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Newnan Police Department and the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Drug Task Force.
In addition to the money seized, ICE agents recovered 68 kilograms of cocaine, 800 pounds of marijuana and three firearms."

Maryland man pleads guilty to selling stolen stamps and counterfeit NFL goods on eBay
"BALTIMORE - Kyle Mathias, 23, of Joppa, Md., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to steal from the United States and trafficking in counterfeit goods, in connection with a scheme to sell stolen U.S. postal stamps and counterfeit goods on eBay, announced U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein."

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