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    ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending March 18, 2016

    I.C.E. News Release

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    03/21/2016


    ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending March 18, 2016





    March 11, 2016 – ICE recovers stolen Indian artifacts from major auction house ahead of Asia Week New York

    Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office seized two stolen Indian statues, believed to be from the 8th and 10th centuries A.D. The artifacts were recovered from Christie's auction house in New York City and are the result of an international investigation led by HSI and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, with assistance from the government of India and Interpol.Full Story

    March 15, 2016 – ICE removes Iranian national convicted of exporting sensitive technologies


    An Iranian man, convicted in 2013 of exporting helicopter components from the United States to Iran in violation of laws aimed at protecting national security, was turned over to authorities in Tehran by officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Full Story

    March 10, 2016 – South Texas ICE officers deport fugitive Salvadoran MS-13 gang member wanted for triple murder and attempted murder


    A Salvadoran man, who is wanted for a triple murder and attempted murder in his home country, was deported by officers with ICE’s ERO in San Antonio. Full Story

    March 16, 2016 – ICE arrests 15 in Northern Illinois area during operation targeting criminal aliens


    Fifteen convicted criminal aliens were arrested in Northern Illinois during a two-day operation conducted by officers from ICE’s ERO. Full Story

    March 18, 2016 – HSI Special Agent featured in human trafficking documentary


    ICE’s HSI Dallas Special Agent Keith Owens doesn’t know how Oscar Gregg got his name, number or email address, but somehow, he did. The researcher for Blast! Films, based in the United Kingdom, reached out to Owens in May 2015 about a human trafficking case he had worked on in 2012. The company was interested in featuring Owens and the case for its television series, “Web of Lies,” which airs on the ID Channel. Full Story

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    I.C.E. News Releases:


    03/18/2016

    HOUSTON, TX

    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL

    ICE Houston deports Salvadoran man wanted for homicide
    Juan Ramon Gonzalez-Hernandez, 22, was flown to El Salvador March 18 and turned over to Salvadoran officials.


    03/18/2016

    DALLAS, TX



    HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING


    HSI Special Agent featured in human trafficking documentary
    The investigation that the television series sought to feature focused on Owens’ work in putting an end to a juvenile sex trafficking ring in Denton, Texas. As part of the HSI-led North Texas Trafficking Task Force, Owens led the efforts to arrest and prosecute two adults who had prostituted 14-year-old “Hope” to more than 30 men across five states over a three-week period.


    03/18/2016

    NEW ORLEANS, LA



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE detainee passes away after suffering heart attack
    Thongchay Saengsiri, 65, was transferred from the LaSalle Detention Facility via ambulance to the hospital March 17, after experiencing shortness of breath.



    03/17/2016

    DALLAS, TX



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Convicted sex offender from North Texas sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for producing child pornography
    Shannon Buck, 43, from Irving, Texas, admitted that he used Jane Doe to engage in sexually explicit conduct, and then used his camera to record that conduct.


    03/17/2016

    SAN ANTONIO, TX



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    South Texas ICE officers deport fugitive Salvadoran MS-13 gang member wanted for triple murder and attempted murder
    Jose Carlos Granado-Melgar, 29, was flown to El Salvador March 17 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Granado-Melgar was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).


    03/16/2016

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Previously convicted Southeast Texas sex offender sentenced to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography while babysitting 7-year-old
    Daniel Benson Billman Jr., 43, of Aransas Pass, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack to 600 months in federal prison. Billman was further ordered to serve the rest of his life on supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet.


    03/16/2016

    ROCKFORD, IL



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE arrests 15 in Northern Illinois area during operation targeting criminal aliens
    All 15 arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities for deportation. They have been convicted of the following crimes: aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, aggravated drunk driving, aggravated battery/great bodily harm, lewd and lascivious behavior in public, and drug possession.



    03/16/2016

    NEWARK, NJ



    OPERATIONAL


    ICE public affairs officer completes prestigious mentorship with 54th US Senate Youth Program
    The 54th annual program was held in Washington, D.C., from March 5 – 12. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spent a week in Washington experiencing their government in action.


    03/15/2016

    PHILADELPHIA, PA



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE removes Iranian national convicted of exporting sensitive technologies
    Amir Abbas Tamimi, 44, was repatriated on board a commercial flight escorted by Philadelphia-based ERO officers. After arriving at Imam Khomeini International Airport, ERO officers transferred Tamimi to the custody of Iranian law enforcement.


    03/15/2016

    SPOKANE, WA



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Washington state man sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted enticement of a minor
    According to court documents, Thomas E. Lafontaine, 35, responded to a personal ad placed by an HSI special agent in late 2014, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.


    03/14/2016

    LOS ANGELES, CA



    FINANCIAL CRIMES


    Federal jury convicts Los Angeles-area man of credit card fraud for possessing card numbers stolen from gas station ‘skimmers’
    Koren Robert Kechedzian, 24, of Studio City, was convicted by a federal jury March 11 of two counts of credit card fraud (specifically, two counts of possession of 15 or more counterfeit access devices) and two counts of aggravated identity theft.



    03/14/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC



    OPERATIONAL


    ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending March 11, 2016
    ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending March 11, 2016


    03/14/2016

    SAN DIEGO, CA



    OPERATIONAL


    San Diego man sentenced to 8 years in prison for making false statements during international terrorism probe
    Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 25, a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of false statements related to international terrorism. As part of his guilty plea, Kodaimati acknowledged that he lied in March 2015 when he said he did not know any members of Islamic State in Iraq, a designated foreign terrorist organization known as ISIL.


    03/14/2016

    LOS ANGELES, CA



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Los Angeles man sentenced to 150 years in prison for sexually abusing minors in Russia
    Yusef Yunosovich Abramov, 58, was convicted by a jury in November 2015 of five felony counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. According to evidence introduced during the trial, the dual Russian-U.S. citizen flew from Los Angeles to Russia in June 2009 and, shortly after arriving, raped a 12-year-old girl.


    03/14/2016

    FORT WORTH, TX



    FINANCIAL CRIMES


    North Texas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for money laundering
    According to plea documents filed in the case, Hao Tran, 37, of Grand Prairie, Texas, purchased a $150,000 cashier’s check using profits from his illegal drug trafficking business which he operated between California and Texas.



    03/11/2016

    NEW YORK, NY



    CULTURAL PROPERTY, ART AND ANTIQUITIES INVESTIGATIONS


    ICE, CBP recover 2nd century Bodhisattva head destined for auction during New York's Asia Week
    This seizure contained a 2nd Century Bodhisattva schist head from the Gandhara region (likely from what is now known today as Swat Valley, Pakistan,) and is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


    03/11/2016

    NEW YORK, NY



    CULTURAL PROPERTY, ART AND ANTIQUITIES INVESTIGATIONS


    ICE recovers stolen Indian artifacts from major auction house ahead of Asia Week New York
    The seizure comes just days before a planned March 15, 2016 auction of the items as part of the "Asia Week New York" festivities. Christie's had included the two artifacts in an auction entitled: "The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern."


    03/11/2016

    DALLAS, TX



    HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING


    North Texas man sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for child sex-trafficking conspiracy involving a 12-year-old girl
    Marcos Antonio Rodriguez-Mejia, aka, Brady Rodriguez-Cruz, 33, of Irving, Texas, was sentenced to 293 months in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, and also sentenced to 120 months for one count of possessing counterfeit documents. Both sentences are to be served concurrently.


    03/11/2016

    ORLANDO, FL



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE arrests 25 criminal aliens in central Florida
    All of those arrested by ICE during last week’s enforcement action met one of the agency’s top two enforcement priorities. All encountered had criminal records, some were felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as manslaughter, child abuse, robbery, false imprisonment, felony DUI, hit and run, armed burglary, racketeering, as well as weapons and drug violations.



    03/11/2016

    WASHINGTON, DC



    STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM


    SEVP unveils online STEM OPT Hub
    On Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published amended regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain international students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees from U.S. institutions of higher education.


    03/11/2016

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Previously deported Mexican man sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for possessing child pornography while illegally entering US
    Jesus Hernandez-Ramos, 33, was sentenced March 11 by Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack to 86 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release.


    03/10/2016

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Southeast Texas man sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography
    Robert Wayne Collins, 63, of Kingsville, Texas, was sentenced March 10 to 84 months in prison. Collins was further ordered to pay a $17,500 fine, five years of supervised release, and compliance with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet.


    03/10/2016

    ALEXANDRIA, VA



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Local middle school volunteer convicted of producing child pornography
    On June, 16, the Manassas City Police Department arrested David Alexander Battle II, 24, after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered evidence of child pornography, including two gigabytes of videos that appeared to be child pornography involving infants.


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    Four Arrested on Charges of Distributing Narcotics, Including Pills Manufactured with a Fentanyl Analogue


    MAR 16 (LOS ANGELES)


    Capping a year-long investigation, special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have arrested four Southland men on federal narcotics and money laundering charges. The subjects of the investigation allegedly imported a powerful synthetic opiate from China and produced their own pills that were then distributed in bulk.


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    CBP Air and Marine Operations Rescues Lost Hiker Missing For Two Days

    March 18, 2016 | National Media Release
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    March 18, 2016 | Local Media Release
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    Friday, March 18, 2016 | Local Media ReleaseSAN LUIS, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the San Luis Port of Entry are encouraging travelers to sign up for the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program. On March 6, the Port of San Luis...
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    Wellton BP Agents Seize Cocaine, Meth at Checkpoint
    Thursday, March 17, 2016 | Local Media ReleaseYUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized a combined 60 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine, worth in excess of $250,000, during separate incidents in the past 48 hours. Agents found the drugs in vehicles as they attempted to pass...
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    Arizona Ports of Entry Urge Easter Holiday Travelers to Apply Early for Permits
    Thursday, March 17, 2016 | Local Media ReleaseTUCSON, Ariz. - Mexican border crossing card (or “laser visa”) holders who plan to make an extended visit to the United States during the Easter holiday season are urged to apply for their I-94 early to avoid the expected lines and delays at the...
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    Border Patrol Apprehends “South Side 13” Gang Member
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    CBP Locates Three Missing Children At Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
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