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Friday
Aug102012

‘Jane Doe’ Sought in Child Pornography Case

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a woman, “Jane Doe,” who has been accused of molesting two young girls in a child pornography case.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents obtained images of the woman, who, along with an unidentified man, allegedly victimized the two girls.  One is believed to be between the ages of 5 and 7 and the other is believed to be between the ages of 3 and 5.

Jane Doe is described by HSI special agents as a Caucasian female, between the ages of 25 and 35 with a medium build, dark brown hair and blue eyes.  She is also identifiable by a large mole on the back of her left thigh.

ICE agents obtained a criminal complaint and federal warrant from a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., to arrest the woman, who is believed to be living in the United States.

ICE agents from Los Angeles had been working on the investigation since June 2011 when they executed a search warrant and seized a computer with images that they said depicted the child victims being abused.

HSI’s Child Exploitation Investigations Unit’s Victim Identification Program has worked with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) which determined that the children had not been identified or rescued yet.

A break in the investigation came in June 2012, when the FBI in Colorado said it seized a computer that had over 200 images and two videos of the child victims with the images of the female Jane Doe suspect.  An unidentified male in the images has his face obscured and digitally altered, according to an affidavit by HSI Special Agent Jim Cole, who has been working the investigation.

The male suspect is believed to have interest in the outdoors based on a book Animal Tracking Basics which appears in the background of the video.  Investigators say they believe the pictures were taken in February 2010.

ICE was releasing the pictures of Jane Doe in an effort to locate the child victims and rescue them.

“We are seeking the public’s assistance based on the concern of the minor children.  We are hoping someone comes forward who knows who this person is, or has seen her,” HSI Special Agent Jim Cole said in a telephone interview with ABC News.

Officials said the case is unusual since a majority of child pornography cases involve male suspects, not women.

Investigators ask that anyone with information contact the agency immediately.  One can call the HSI Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423 or complete an online tip form at www.ICE.gov/tips.

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Thursday
May032012

Four ICE Agents Shot in Two Separate California Incidents, One Killed

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It was a violent 24 hours for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in California.

In Carson, south of Los Angeles, an ICE agent was shot dead at his home in what is being described as a domestic incident. His 14-year-old son was arrested for allegedly firing the fatal shot.

“We're still working on the motive to this shooting,” said Holly Francisco of the LA County Sheriff's Department. “It's going to take numerous interviews and an investigation.”

And in Petaluma, north of San Francisco, three ICE agents were shot Thursday morning while serving warrants. Their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

“Three special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were injured in the Bay Area this morning while executing high risk federal warrants related to an ongoing criminal investigation. The special agents were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries,” ICE said in a statement.

“One suspect is in custody,” the statement continued. “The investigation into the incident and the related criminal case are both ongoing.”

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Thursday
Mar312011

Mexican Drug Cartels Allegedly Plot to Shoot ICE Agents, Texas Rangers

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. counternarcotics officials recently discovered that Mexican drug cartels discussed plots to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Texas Rangers who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, disclosed the information during a hearing Thursday morning on how DHS is battling Mexican drug cartels.

A March 2011 law enforcement bulletin "warned that cartels were overheard plotting to kill ICE agents and Texas Rangers guarding the border using AK-47s by shooting at them from across the border," McCaul said.

U.S. officials could not ascertain how credible the threats were but were concerned enough that they alerted agents operating on the border.

The information is believed to have been derived from intercepted communications.

Asked about the bulletin, a DHS official said, "Out of an abundance of caution, we routinely share information that could impact our frontline personnel in order to ensure that they are aware of any and all threats."

Calls to the Texas Rangers were not returned on Thursday.

Last month two U.S. ICE agents were targeted by cartel members in a shooting that killed ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and wounded his partner, Special Agent Victor Avila.

McCaul, who has spoken with Agent Avila about the incident, said Thursday, "Both agents pleaded for their lives in Spanish, identifying themselves as United States federal agents. Members of the Los Zetas cartel responded by firing more than 80 rounds from automatic weapons.

"The shooting of Special Agents Zapata and Avila is a game-changer which alters the landscape of the United States' involvement in Mexico's war against the drug cartels," McCaul added at the hearing. President Obama and other top U.S. law enforcement officials have vowed the full force of the federal government to support local Mexican authorities hunting down Zapata's killers and attempting to bring them to justice.

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