Monday, October 26, 2009

I.C.E. News

"ICE names new leader of the Office of Investigations in New York City
NEW YORK - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton has named James T. Hayes Jr. as the special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New York City.

As special agent in charge, Hayes supervises a cadre of special agents who enforce immigration and customs laws by conducting investigations in a variety of areas, including: narcotics, financial- and trade-related, gangs, intellectual property rights, human smuggling, and child pornography."
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"More than 300 arrested in two-day nationwide takedown
'Project Coronado' results in nearly 1,200 arrests during 44-month operation,seizures of more than 11.7 tons of drugs and $32.8 million in US currency

The arrest of nearly 1,200 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 11.7 tons of narcotics was announced as part of 'Project Coronado,' a 44-month multi-agency law enforcement operation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

...303 individuals in 19 states were arrested as part of Project Coronado, which targeted the distribution network of a major Mexican drug trafficking organization known as 'La Familia,' through coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement. More than 3,000 agents and officers operated across the United States to make the arrests during the two-day takedown. During the two-day operation alone, participating agencies seized the following: $3.4 million in U.S. currency, 729 pounds of methamphetamine, 62 kilograms (136 pounds) of cocaine, 967 pounds of marijuana, 144 weapons and 109 vehicles."

"2 alien smugglers from Miami sentenced to federal prison
1 of the 6 indicted defendants in this 2007 alien smuggling operation remains a fugitive
On Nov. 14 and 15, 2007, the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) received information from the Juno Beach Police Department regarding three possible smuggling operations. Within hours, the Town of Palm Beach Police Department notified USBP that 34 migrants had landed. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responded and discovered that one of the migrants, Carlos Alberto Pons-Arias, drowned as he tried to swim to shore on Palm Beach. The migrants consisted of 35 Cuban nationals, including 17 men, two juvenile males, 12 women, three juvenile females, and the deceased man who drowned. All the migrants stated that they recently swam ashore from a boat that traveled directly from Cuba. The incident was referred to ICE special agents in West Palm Beach for investigation.
To date, all five defendants arrested have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison....Luis Arce Perez is believed to have fled to Cuba and is armed and dangerous. ICE urges anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact 1-866-DHS-2ICE (347-2423)."
"North Texas man sentenced to the maximum of 70 years in federal prison for producing, possessing child pornography
Dickson took pornographic photos of baby boy entrusted to his care 
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit"
"Bosnian sentenced to prison for failing to disclose murder
A Bosnian man was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday for failing to disclose that he had been charged with murdering a man when he applied for a U.S. immigration benefit. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, Southern District of Iowa; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation."

"Washington State pair sentenced to prison on immigration fraud charges
The former owner of an immigration consulting business in King County, Wash., and his ex-wife were sentenced Oct. 23 in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
Steven Mahoney, 41, of Kent, Wash., was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Helen Mahoney, 39, also of Kent, was sentenced to six months in prison and two years of supervised released for her role in the conspiracy.

Steven Mahoney owned Mahoney and Associates where he counseled, advised and prepared immigration applications for immigrants seeking legal status to live in the United States. Helen Mahoney assisted in completing and submitting the applications to the federal government.
According to court documents, from October 1998 until June 2007, Steven Mahoney filed up to 99 false asylum claims on behalf of immigrants. The applications falsely stated that these individuals would be abused because they were homosexual, or they held religious or political views that would result in torture in their home countries.
Once the fraudulent applications were completed, Helen Mahoney submitted them to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the federal agency that processes these documents. Court documents show that the Mahoneys knew these statements were not true for certain applicants, but still filed the claims.
The Mahoneys coached applicants on how to pursue immigration status based on these false claims. They were paid between $1,000 and $4,000 for each falsified application."

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