Saturday, October 3, 2009

I.C.E. News

Convicted drug trafficker sentenced in third largest marijuana seizure at Miami International
"A former resident of Broward County was sentenced Oct. 2 to 10 years in prison for his involvement in the third largest importation of marijuana at Miami International Airport with an estimated street value of $4.3 million following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

Ryan Gayle, 32, was sentenced in the Southern District of Florida before District Court Judge Richard W. Goldberg to 121 months in federal prison and five years supervised release.

On Nov. 30, 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Miami International Airport seized approximately 3,540 pounds of marijuana concealed inside cargo manifested as black pepper and seasoning coming from Kingston, Jamaica. The seizure was the result of a long term undercover investigation conducted by ICE special agents in Miami, who determined that the intended recipient of the marijuana was Ryan Gayle.

During the course of the investigation, ICE special agents documented several attempts by Ryan Gayle to unlawfully import other marijuana shipments concealed aboard commercial cargo flights in May 2007 and August 2007 into Miami International Airport."

Canadian predator on the run for more than 20 years nabbed by ICE, Florida law enforcement officials

"A Canadian national that has been evading law enforcement for more than 20 years for sexually molesting a child was nabbed in Homestead, Fla., Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents and officers from the Collier County Sheriff's Office and the Homestead Police Department.
 Douglas Elmore Brenner, 65, is wanted by the Waterloo Regional Police in Canada for sexual assault on a juvenile under 14. He entered the United States. in 1984 and assumed the identity of a deceased man in 1986.

ICE agents learned about Brenner after receiving information from the Collier County Sheriff's Office who learned that Brenner was hiding in Florida. An investigation was immediately launched to track down Brenner. He was found in a hotel located at 841 North Krome Avenue in Homestead.

Brenner has been charged administratively for being illegally present in the county. He has been placed in administrative removal proceedings and will appear before an immigration judge. If ordered removed, Brenner will be turned over to Canadian authorities based on an outstanding arrest warrant."


ICE deports illegal alien wanted in Jamaica for murder

"A Jamaican national who fled to the United States to avoid serving a criminal sentence for murder was deported Sept. 24 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers.

Mark Dixon, 39, was returned to Jamaica under ICE escort without incident. The New Orleans Field Office of Detention and Removal coordinated his removal with the assistance of the ICE Attaché in Kingston, Jamaica.

In 1998, Dixon illegally entered the United States in Buffalo, N.Y. On Feb. 27, 2008, he was convicted in Arizona for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and for making a false claim to U.S. citizenship. Dixon was sentenced to a year and six months in prison. He subsequently appealed the conviction to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and on Feb.12, 2009, the court affirmed the conviction.

On June 16, 2008, Dixon was released from the Bureau of Prisons into ICE custody. He was later served with a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge charging him with immigration violations. On July 1, 2008, an immigration judge ordered Dixon removed to Jamaica."


ICE, Texas law enforcement arrest 20 in 3-day anti-gang operation
"Twenty people were arrested this week during a three-day, joint anti-gang operation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Big Spring Police Department (BSPD) and Howard County Sheriff's Office that ended Wednesday.
This is the latest joint, local action of an ongoing national initiative of ICE's National Gang Unit called Operation Community Shield, in which ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target the significant public-safety threat posed by street gangs, many with transnational ties.

During this operation, all of those arrested are U.S. citizens who live in Big Spring. Eight had outstanding arrest warrants; the others were arrested on various criminal charges. Of those arrested, 15 were active gang members or their associates of the following gangs which operated in Big Spring: Blood, Mexican Mafia, Tango Blast and Aryan Brotherhood."

Detainee passes away at South Carolina hospital
"On Sept. 30, Ruben Sandoval, a 21-year-old Guatemalan national being held pending immigration removal proceedings, passed away at the Providence Memorial Hospital (PMH) in Columbia, S.C., due to cardiopulmonary arrest as a result of metastatic cancer.

Mr. Sandoval entered ICE custody on May 7, 2009, in Omaha, Neb. He was served with a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge and his bail was set at $2,500. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Sandoval stated that he had no known medical conditions. However, on May 7, the day of his arrest, jail officials and medical staff observed that Mr. Sandoval was having difficultly breathing and took him to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for evaluation.
Mr. Sandoval was subsequently diagnosed with having a malignant tumor around his airway and heart and began receiving chemotherapy at UNMC. On June 15, Mr. Sandoval was transferred to Columbia Care Center (CCC) in Columbia, S.C., for continued, long-term treatment."

Bank president arrested by ICE in Puerto Rico
"The executive president of Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito La Comerieña was arrested Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Arnaldo Calderón-Rivera, 51, has been charged with violations to Title 31 USC 5318 (g) (2) (A) (1) for allegedly disclosing sensitive information contained in Bank Secrecy Act reports to a person who was not employed by his bank."

ICE deports Mexican fugitive sought for sexually assaulting a child
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers deported a Mexican national on Thursday wanted by authorities for sexually assaulting a minor in his home country.
Jose Luis Martinez-Gonzalez, 23, was turned over to Mexican authorities at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Port of El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge. Martinez-Gonzalez is wanted in Oaxaca, Mexico, for raping a minor."

Airport temporary staffing employees sentenced for harboring illegal aliens who were given access to secure areas

Assisted illegal workers in obtaining unauthorized airport security badges
"The owner of a Bensenville temporary employment agency and her assistant were sentenced in federal court Wednesday for harboring illegal aliens and assisting those workers in obtaining unauthorized access to secure areas at O'Hare International Airport, including the tarmac. The sentences resulted from a multi-agency federal investigation conducted in 2007 and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

New ICE initiative uses biometrics to enhance identification and removal of criminal aliens from Prince William County

Now criminal and immigration records of all those arrested to be checked
"Beginning Tuesday, law enforcement agencies in Prince William 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 the individual from the community."

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