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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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun232012

Federal Officials Seek Help Identifying Teen in ‘Dangerous Environment’

ICE (NEW YORK) -- In an unusual move, federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a young person they believe may be in a “dangerous environment.” Officials said they believe finding the boy could also help them to remove several other young people from the situation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations released still images of the boy from a video that appeared online. In the pictures, the boy appears to be in a basement, wearing a faded Minnesota Twins baseball T-shirt. Investigators believe the video was made within the past 18 to 24 months.

According to the ICE press release, the boy is believed to be between the ages of 13 and 19, and possibly in Minnesota or western Wisconsin. He is thought to be with other children and at least one adult, but officials aren’t giving any other details about the video or the circumstances the boy is in.

“We can’t directly address the nature of the video or the situation,” ICE spokesman Shawn Meudauer told ABC News. “We do not have intelligence that he’s in any immediate, life-threatening danger, but that could obviously change.”

ICE officials say the public plea for help is “an extraordinary step…warranted by our belief that there may be young people at risk, without the ability to ask for law enforcement’s help.”

“This is a very rare step,” Meudauer said. “I don’t know when the last time this happened was. It’s one of the few times, if not the only time we’ve done something like this.”

Authorities aren’t sharing details about what occurs in the video, but note that part of HSI’s job is investigating crimes or potential crimes that occur over the Internet. The online video was discovered by ICE cyber crime investigators during the course of another investigation.

Officials believe the boy is in Minnesota or Wisconsin, or recently left one of those states, or he might have a friend or relative in the area. The boy’s Minnesota Twins shirt features a logo that only became available in July 2010.

Anybody with information that might help identify the boy is asked to call the 24-hour ICE Tip Line at 866-347-2423, or email tips to SPMduty@ice.dhs.gov or complete the online HSI TIP form at www.ice.gov/tips/

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct192011

Government Deports 400,000 Illegal Immigrants in One Year

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 400,000 undocumented aliens were kicked out of the U.S. from October 2010 through September 2011.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau says that the largest number of illegal immigrants ever deported since records have been kept on the matter.

ICE Director John Morton claimed the success of the program was due to the bureau targeting illegal immigrants believed to be a threat to society rather than those who are considered harmless. In fact, more than half of the 397,000 people deported had been previously convicted of felony or misdemeanor crimes.

Despite the record number of people being removed from the U.S., Republicans say that the policy enforced by ICE covers up the Obama administration's attempts at making it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship.

Meanwhile, the White House is also being criticized by Latino groups. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the interests of illegal immigrants, say the policies practiced by ICE and the Department of Homeland Security are needlessly breaking up families while spending taxpayer money that could toward go more deserving causes.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar012011

Hundreds of Mexican Drug Gang Members Caught in Crackdown

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A sweeping federal takedown Tuesday confirms that Mexican drug cartels have penetrated the United States and have affiliated drug gangs on the streets of hundreds of American cities, federal officials said.

A total of 678 alleged gang members from 168 cities were arrested by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) task force targeting gangs with ties to drug trafficking organizations.

More than 46 percent of those arrested were affiliated with 13 different Mexican drug trafficking organizations, ICE officials said. Of the 678 arrested, 447 were charged with criminal offenses and 421 were foreign nationals.

The operation, Project Southern Tempest, was conducted from December 2010 through the end of February. In addition to the arrests, the operation also seized 86 firearms, large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, and more than $70,000 in cash, according to ICE officials.

"These transnational gangs are a direct threat to our safety," ICE Director John Morton said at an afternoon news conference Tuesday. "We have to go after them hammer and tong."

Morton said transnational gangs are not only working the drug trade, but are frequently working in human smuggling, weapons smuggling and other crimes with a nexus to the border.

Project Southern Tempest is the latest in a series of federal task force operations targeting drug gangs. The operations include local police in dozens of U.S. cities, including Atlanta.

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