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Former ICE Official Gets 20 Months in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former federal immigration intelligence director was sentenced to 20 months in prison Friday after getting four subordinates to fraudulently claim more than $500,000 in false expense and pay claims, Reuters reports.

James M. Woosley, 48, the former acting director of the intelligence office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, pleaded guilty in May of stealing more than $188,000 by falsifying travel vouches, hours worked and attendance claims.

Three underlings also have pleaded guilty in the case and received jail terms of between three months and a year and a day. A fourth is awaiting jail sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Woosley “took advantage of the trust he was given by the United States government to carry out a scheme that cost American taxpayers more than a half million dollars,” according to Reuters.

ICE Agent Won’t be Charged in Wrongful Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Unable to discern who is telling the truth, Orange County prosecutors won’t seek criminal charges against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who shot the wrong drug suspect, The Orange County Register reports.

Prosecutors said they could not confirm Daniel Noriega’s story that claims an ICE agent shot at him without provocation. Noriega said he was in a parking lot when an officer in an unmarked police car shot at him.

ICE authorities countered that Noriega tried to run down their car, a claim that Noriega says is fabricated.

Trio Accused of Shooting ICE Agent Because He Looked Suspicious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A father, son and unidentified minor are in custody on charges they chased down a U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement special agent and shot him in southern Texas last week.

The reason?

According to the son, the trio chased agent Kelton Harrison through an isolated highway before opening fire and wounding him because his car was suspicious, Reuters reported.

Harrison underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

Pedro Alvarado, 41, and his son, Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, face charges of assault on a federal officer and carrying a firearm during a crime.

State authorities took custody of the unidentified juvenile.

Three Questioned in Shooting of ICE Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police have detained three people for questioning in the shooting of a federal immigration agent in South Texas, the Associated Press reports.

It’s unclear if the trio was involved in the non-fatal shooting of Kelton Harrison, an agent for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said the investigation was uncovering strong leads.

Harrison was listed in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center, according to the AP.

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Ex-U.S. Immigration Agent Gets 30 Months for Helping Cartels

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. federal immigration agent who passed on classified information to families with ties to Mexican drug cartels is to serve 30 months in prison, Reuters reports.

Jovana Deas was sentenced Friday following accusations that she illegally obtained and disseminated classified documents as a special agent for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a small border town in Arizona.

According to court documents, Deas stole restricted crime and immigration databases and gave them to her former brother-in-law, Miguel Angel Mendoza Estrada, who belongs to a Mexican cartel with ties to drug traffickers in Brazil, Reuters reported.

Hispanics in Arizona worry about racial profiling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hispanics in Arizona protested outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, expressing concern that they’ll be subjected to racial profiling following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Bloomberg reports.

While the court struck down three provisions of the Arizona immigration law, the justices left intact the requirement that local police check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

“People are living in fear,” said Ovalle, 32, a U.S. citizen who volunteers with Puente Movement, an immigrant-rights group in a state that has become the epicenter of the nationwide battle over illegal migration, Bloomberg reports. “It is criminalizing brown skin.”

ICE Busts 190 People in Child Porn Crackdown


ICE Dir. John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fed agents arrested 190 people in a month-long, nationwide crackdown on child pornography, Immigration and Customs Enforcement  announced Friday.

Additionally, authorities said they rescued 18 victims.

Operation Orion was carried out through the month of May by agents from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during a month-long.

The operation targeted individuals who possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography.

“With the advent of summer vacation, children may have more time and access to the Internet, making this a good time to talk to them about online dangers. Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online,” said ICE Director John Morton.

“Let this operation be a warning to anyone who would think they can use the Internet to exploit children: we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted.”

The majority of arrests were in the U.S., but there were some overseas in such countries as Spain, the Philippines, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

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$4 Mil Worth of Marijuana Found Floating Off California Coast

 

OC Sherriff recovers marijuana bales in Dana Point harbor. Credit: Patty Field

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Orange County Harbor Patrol spent Sunday recovering huge quantities of marijuana from the water off the Californian coast, as impressed gawkers asked, “Anyone lose their stash?”

Based on the quantity, it looks like a lot of people did.

The Huffington Post reports 180 bales of marijuana wrapped in garbage bags, containing more than 8,000 pounds of drugs at a street value over $4 million, were discovered floating about 15 miles from Dana Point Sunday around noon. It took federal, state and law enforcement authorities working together into the evening to retrieve all of the bundles. It was then turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, according to an official statement from the agency.

The Coastguard, ICE, local harbor patrols, and Border Patrol have seen a recent increase in ocean drug smuggling. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that combined figures from these and other maritime agencies show a leap from 45 smuggling events in 2008 to 183 in 2011, and 203 apprehensions in ’08 compared with a staggering 631 in 2011. Their report does not seem to assess whether there has been an uptick in crime or improvements in law enforcement efforts.

However we do know someone somewhere had a lot of explaining to do Monday morning about their lost shipment of marijuana.

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