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February 22, 2010
Oregon man sentenced on child pornography charges
MEDFORD, Ore. – An Oregon man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and five years of supervised release for distributing child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Mark Winston Pace, 28, of Medford, Ore. pleaded guilty to one count of mailing child pornography in November 2009. He came to the attention of law enforcement in May 2008 when a 14-year-old girl in New Hampshire reported that she had participated in sexually explicit, on-line chats with an older man. Read More..
Indiana man sentenced to 16 years for child pornography
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A local man who took nude photos and videos of an 11-year-old girl was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Danny Shelton, 57, formerly of Greensburg, Ind., was sentenced Feb. 19 to 192 months in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. During the court hearing, U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence, Southern District of Indiana, further ordered Shelton to serve a lifetime term of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. During his supervised release he is prohibited from obtaining a computer without permission and must submit to search and seizure. Shelton was also fined $500. Read More..
Hawaii man sentenced for illicit sexual conduct with Cambodian minor
HONOLULU – A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor after traveling to Cambodia was sentenced Monday to 46 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Richard David Mitchell, 61, of Kamuela, pleaded guilty in Nov. 2009 to traveling to a foreign country to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. According to the case affidavit filed by ICE, witnesses reported seeing Mitchell engaging in sex acts with a 12-year-old girl in Aug. 2008 at a curbside in Cambodia. Read More..
February 23, 2010
22 arrests in NYC document and identity fraud ring
ICE agents take down an identity fraud ring that netted more than $1 million by obtaining New York State driver licenses using stolen identities
NEW YORK – Operation Two-Face led to the arrest of 22 members and customers of a document and identity fraud ring. This operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Document and Benefits Fraud Task Force. The arrests were announced by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for ICE John T. Morton and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Southern District of New York Read More..
Nevada man sentenced to 3 years for child pornography
INDIANAPOLIS – A Nevada man who posted an online ad seeking men to have sex with him and his fictitious granddaughter was sentenced on Friday to more than three years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The sentence resulted from a joint investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and the Hamilton County (Indiana) Metro Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (HCMICAC). Read More..
Indiana man sentenced to 7 years for child pornography
INDIANAPOLIS – A local man was sentenced on Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Michael D. Handley, 54, Richmond, Ind., was sentenced in federal court Feb. 19 to 88 months in prison he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. During the court hearing, U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney, Southern District of Indiana, further ordered Handley to serve a lifetime term of supervised released after he completes his prison sentence. Read More..
February 24, 2010
2 tons of marijuana in tanker trailer seized by ICE, 1 arrested
McALLEN, Texas – A local man is in federal custody without bond following the discovery of more than two tons of marijuana in a tanker trailer parked on the grounds of a McAllen area residence. This announcement was made by U.S. Attorney JosÃ© Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Jerry Robinette of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jaime Fernandez Cantu was taken into Read More..
5 foreign nationals charged in deadly smuggling operation
MIAMI – One Bahamian national was charged in Tuesday night’s failed deadly migrant smuggling operation at Black Point Marina in Homestead, Florida, following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation. An additional four migrants were criminally charged with having illegally re-entered the United States after being deported.
Davon Rolle, 19, of the Bahamas, was charged via criminal complaint with alien smuggling. David Coore, 27, and Delroy Coombs, 45, both of Jamaica, Mathura Bridgelal, 50, of Trinidad, and Tyrel Levarity, 23, of the Bahamas, were charged with illegal re-entry. Read More..
Former child human trafficking victim pursues career with ICE
At 10 years old, Shyima Hall’s life was analogous to a dark fairy tale. As a human trafficking victim in Irvine, Calif., her everyday existence was hopeless drudgery, living in penury and servitude, all the while being verbally abused. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents discovered Hall after an anonymous tip led to a full-scale investigation of her traffickers, which freed Hall to open a new and promising chapter of her life. Today, Hall is a 20-year-old Southern California college student studying law enforcement. Her goal is to become an ICE special agent. Read More..
Former head of the Gulf Cartel sentenced to 25 years in prison
Defendant ordered to forfeit $50 million in illicit proceeds to the United States
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The former head of the notorious Gulf Cartel, a major drug trafficking organization, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in federal prison without parole and ordered to forfeit $50 million in proceeds from his illegal enterprise to the United States.
Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, 42, of Matamoros, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle, who also fined him $100,000 and ordered him to serve five years of supervised release following his time in prison. Read More..
Georgia man sentenced for transporting minor for illegal sexual activity
WASHINGTON – Mack Gordon Harris Sr., 67, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for transporting a minor for illegal sexual activity, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies.
Harris, formerly of Social Circle, Ga., was also ordered today by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison term and to register as a sex offender. Read More..
Ringleader of international drug trafficking ring pleads guilty
WASHINGTON – Phuong Thi Tran, 39, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty today for her role in two drug trafficking conspiracies, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal, state, local and Canadian law enforcement agencies. According to court documents, Tran was the ringleader of an international drug trafficking organization that smuggled millions of ecstasy pills and other drugs from Canada into the United States from 2002 until Tran’s arrest in April 2008. The drugs were manufactured in Canada by various Asian organized crime groups and were distributed to drug dealers across the United States. According to court documents, Tran and her associates often smuggled 100,000 ecstasy pills per week into the United States. Read More..
Salvadoran murder suspect removed from United States
MESA, Ariz. – A Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide in his native country was removed from the United States Wednesday morning by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Jose Dolores Sanchez-Rivera, 33, has been charged with aggravated homicide in El Salvador. ICE’s Phoenix Fugitive Operations Team arrested Sanchez at his Phoenix residence last May after they received a lead from the Salvadoran Consul in Nogales, Ariz.
“ICE will not allow aliens who commit crimes abroad to use the United States as a safe haven from justice in their home countries,” said Katrina S. Kane, Read More..
February 25, 2020
3 indicted for smuggling weapons-related equipment to the Philippines
LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has indicted the former owner of a now defunct Los Angeles-area gun store and two other men for violating international arms trafficking and export control laws, alleging they exported sophisticated gun sights and equipment used to manufacture assault rifles to the Philippines without the required licenses.
Romulo Reclusado, 59, one-time owner of RNJ Guns & Ammo in Carson, Calif., is named in the four-count indictment, along with two other Carson men, Tirso A. Aguayo, 56, and Mike Cabatingan, 56. Cabatingan worked at a Carson freight forwarding company, Fastpak Cargo..Read More
Heritage items returned to Iraq
WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton presented six cultural items to the Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, Samir Sumaida’ie, in a ceremony at the Iraqi Embassy in the nation’s capital. The items ranged the timeline of Iraq’s history, from its ancient past to its recent political history.
This repatriation is the latest in a series by ICE that has returned more than 1,000 cultural artifacts to the people of Iraq since the agency was created in 2003. The six items returned at this ceremony include: Read More..
Mexican national sentenced for transporting aliens into the United States
HARRISONBURG, Va – A Mexican national illegally present in the United States was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to three years in federal prison after officers discovered 10 illegal aliens in a van he was driving, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Virginia State Police.
Oliver Sanchez Ortiz, 23, was sentenced today to 36 months of in prison after previously pleading guilty to one count of transporting illegal aliens within the United States. In court, it was revealed that Ortiz had been removed from the United States four times previously. Read More..
February 26, 2010
284 arrested in Texas operation targeting criminal aliens
Nearly 160 with violent criminal histories arrested in 3-day operation
DALLAS – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its law enforcement partners arrested 284 foreign nationals with criminal records during a three-day enforcement surge throughout Texas, making it the biggest operation targeting at-large criminal aliens ever carried out by ICE in the state.
During the operation, which concluded late Thursday, ICE officers and agents worked in teams with the U.S. Marshals Service, Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and local law enforcement agencies. Of the 284 arrested, nearly 160 foreign nationals have violent criminal histories – such as homicide, assault and robbery – and more than 20 have convictions for sexual offenses. Of the total arrested, 18 have already been removed from the country. Read More..
Previously deported Mexican predator arrested by ICE
CALICO ROCK, Ark. – A 35-year-old Mexican national convicted of sexual assault in the second degree was arrested here Monday at the Calico Rock State Facility by officers assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO).
Jose Medrano-Zuniga was arrested by DRO officers assigned to the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), which oversees the screening and identification of criminal aliens. Based on his criminal and immigration history, Medrano will be held until he can be removed from the United States to Mexico.
In 1996, Medrano illegally entered the United States near Brownsville, Texas. Federal officials returned him to Mexico on April 8, 2004, after an immigration judge ordered him removed from the United States. Read More..
ICE arrests 49 in operation targeting immigration fugitives, criminals
MILWAUKEE – Nearly 50 foreign nationals were arrested in central and western Wisconsin during a week-long enforcement action targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives. This operation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Border Patrol in Duluth, Minn.
The ICE operation, which began Feb. 18 and concluded Wednesday, targeted aliens with criminal records, previously deported aliens, and immigration fugitives with outstanding deportation orders. Thirty four of those arrested, or 69 percent, have criminal records in addition to their immigration violations. Read More..
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Formed in 2003 as part of the federal government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, ICE’s mission is to protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws.
ICE combines innovative investigative techniques, new technological resources and a high level of professionalism to provide a wide range of resources to the public and to our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.
ICE is comprised of four operational divisions:
Office of Intelligence (Intel)
With more than 19,000 employees in over 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world, ICE plays a vital role in the DHS layered defense approach to protecting the nation.