ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan 4, 2013
Jan. 4, 2013 — 2 child pornography suspects arrested
Just hours after federal authorities made a national announcement appealing to the public for leads in unsolved child pornography cases, Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. Lance Robert Fries, 43, was also arrested Friday in Tucson, Ariz. The public's help is still being sought with any leads that can help provide clues in two unsolved cases.
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Jan. 4, 2013 — HSI, Caribbean Corridor Strike Force seize 2600 pounds of cocaine, arrest 2
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations ( HSI ) special agents, working jointly with other members of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, arrested two Dominican Republic nationals for drug trafficking and seized 2,600 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $29 million.
Jan. 3, 2013 — 123 sexually exploited children identified by HSI during 'Operation Sunflower'
One hundred twenty-three victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by HSI special agents during an international operation aimed at rescuing victims and targeting individuals who own, trade and produce images of child pornography.
Jan. 3, 2013 — Leader of internet piracy group "IMAGiNE" sentenced in Virginia to 60 months in prison for criminal copyright conspiracy
The leader of the Internet piracy group "IMAGiNE" was sentenced Jan. 3 to 60 months in prison following an investigation by HSI Washington, D.C. The defendant was indicted along with three others April 18, 2012, for their roles in the IMAGiNE Group, an organized online piracy ring that sought to become the premier group to first release Internet copies of movies only showing in theaters.
Dec. 28, 2012 — Florida man pleads guilty in New York to smuggling dinosaur fossils
A Florida man pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to engaging in a scheme to illegally import into the United States numerous dinosaur fossils that had been smuggled out of their native country. This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by HSI.
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