X-Ray Scan Uncovers Boy Smuggled In A Suitcase, Spanish Authorities Say
May08

X-Ray Scan Uncovers Boy Smuggled In A Suitcase, Spanish Authorities Say

ABC News Spanish police found an 8-year-old boy hidden inside a small suitcase by a 19-year-old woman who had allegedly tried to smuggle him into Spain on Thursday, authorities told ABC News. The little boy, who ABC News is not identifying, was born in Ivory Coast and detected by scanners by customs in Ceuta, a small Spanish territory in North Africa. A police spokeswoman said the boy was scared when they opened the suitcase but had not been harmed. The Moroccan woman who hid him was taken into custody, authorities said. Spanish Interior Ministry via AP Photo PHOTO: In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on May 8, 2015, a boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. Less than two hours after finding the boy, police located his father who had been living in the Canary Islands. Spanish newspaper, El Pais, reported that the woman had been paid by the father to carry the suitcase, but she was not related to him. Despite building a 20-foot high fence, Spain has been struggling in recent years with the influx of immigrants in Ceuta, and another enclave called Melilla. According to official statistics, over 4,300 people entered the two enclaves irregularly in 2013, compared with 2,804 in...

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CBP, ICE HSI Report $1.2 Billion In Counterfeit Seizures In 2014
Apr06

CBP, ICE HSI Report $1.2 Billion In Counterfeit Seizures In 2014

Special to the Laredo Sun WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) today announced the fiscal year 2014 results of an aggressive enforcement program to protect the United States from counterfeit and pirated goods. CBP and HSI are the components within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). Counterfeit sunglasses with an estimated MSRP of $1,619,550 seized by CBP officers in July 2013. “Protecting intellectual property rights is a critical part of CBP’s trade enforcement mission and critical to protecting American consumers,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “In 2014, strong partnerships with our federal enforcement counterparts, effective targeting of high risk shipments and frontline interceptions of cargo at America’s ports of entry produced more than 23,000 seizures of fake products worth an estimated $1.2 billion that could have cheated or threatened the health of American consumers.” “These results are a testament to the efforts of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, and the increased collaboration fostered by the IPR Center,” said ICE’s Director Sarah Saldaña. “To be clear, intellectual property theft is not a victimless crime. The victims are American businesses, and the employees whose jobs are dependent on IP-intensive industries. Counterfeiting is a crime of global proportions, and when property rights are violated, American jobs are lost, business profits are stolen and ultimately, consumers are cheated.” Counterfeit soccer club apparel with an estimated MSRP of $1,016,3990 seized by CBP officers in April 2014. In fiscal year 2014, there were 23,140 intellectual property rights seizures with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price or MSRP of $1.2 billion, the value of the goods had they been genuine.  In addition, 144 shipments of circumvention devices were seized for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  CBP also enforced 44 exclusion orders in fiscal year 2014. Since 2007, CBP has identified intellectual property rights enforcement as a priority trade mission. Although IPR seizures declined slightly in 2014 from 2013, CBP recorded its third busiest year for seizures since 2005. The top ten counterfeit commodities seized are: 1.        2.      Wearing apparel/accessories 3.      Consumer electronics 4.      Pharmaceuticals/personal care 5.      Handbags/wallets 6.      Footwear 7.      Watches/jewelry 8.      Optical media 9.      Computers/accessories Labels/tags Toys Wearing apparel and accessories continue to be the number one commodity classification based on number of seizures with 7,922 seizures or 28 percent.  Watches and jewelry are the largest commodity classification by value with an estimated MSRP of $375 million or 31 percent. The People’s Republic of China remains the primary source economy for counterfeit and pirated goods seized with a...

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Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies At Murder Trial
Mar27

Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies At Murder Trial

ABC News Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said today in a Boston courtroom that the formerNew England Patriots star denied involvement in a friend’s alleged murder. Hernandez, 25, is accused of orchestrating Odin Lloyd’s slaying June 17, 2013. Jenkins said this morning that after she found out Lloyd had been killed, she asked Hernandez whether he did it, and he said “no.” “That was the extent of our conversation,” she added. Jenkins, 25, who was granted immunity in February, was called by the prosecution. Surveillance video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins’ removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors said before the trial that they believe the box contained the alleged murder weapon, which has never been found. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his home and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots’ home at Gillette Stadium. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Steven Senne /AP Photo PHOTO: Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial, March 19, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Court was delayed this morning about an hour as nine jurors were called into the courtroom individually to be questioned by Judge Susan Garsh. One juror in particular was brought back three times, but it is unknown what was discussed. One juror was dismissed this morning for “reasons that are personal,” bringing the number down to 15. Proceedings were then delayed longer after the defense filed a motion to limit Jenkins’ testimony. The result was a session this morning without the jury present during which the prosecution asked her a number of questions to gauge what her testimony would be. Jenkins said when police came to her home on the evening of June 17, she asked Hernandez what it was about, and he said he didn’t know. “I just asked what was going on and he said he didn’t know,” Jenkins said. Jenkins, Hernandez’ high school sweetheart and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, then drove Hernandez to the police station. When prosecutors asked whether they had a conversation in the car, Jenkins said “No.” “We both had question marks,” she said this morning. “We didn’t have any further conversation.” Jenkins said she and Hernandez didn’t talk about whether Hernandez and Lloyd were together the night of the alleged murder. She said they also didn’t have a conversation about Lloyd’s body being found near their home. Jenkins said there was one gun kept in the home she shared with Hernandez. The gun was stored in the junk drawer in the kitchen, but she said she doesn’t...

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Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest An Undocumented Immigrant With Prior Conviction
Mar27

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest An Undocumented Immigrant With Prior Conviction

Special to the Laredo Sun On March 22, 2015, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo West Station, apprehended an undocumented immigrant who was previously convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Agents were conducting their assigned duties, when they apprehended a group of undocumented immigrants. During processing, record checks revealed that the male subject, 21, from Honduras, had been charged and convicted in 2006 as a juvenile, for a sexual offense in Houston, Texas.  The subject served a 2-year and 4-month sentence.  The subject will be prosecuted for re-entry into the United States (8 USC 1326) and will be presented in Magistrate Court in Laredo, Texas.  The Laredo Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal...

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Andreas Lubitz: What We Know About The Co-Pilot
Mar26

Andreas Lubitz: What We Know About The Co-Pilot

ABC News The co-pilot who was at the controls of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week had logged relatively few hours, at least by U.S. standards, prior to the fatal flight. He has been identified by French authorities as German citizen Andreas Lubitz, 28, and his actions in the final minutes of the flight are believed to have caused the crash, Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today at a news conference. “The intention was to destroy the plane,” Robin said, speaking mostly in French. French Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that investigators are focused on Lubitz’ background and motives, though they have started to rule out any connection to a larger plot. “There is no evidence of any kind terrorist background,” de Maiziere said in a statement released today. Lubitz was a member of a flight club called Luftsportclub Westerwald in his hometown of Montabaur, Germany. “Andreas joined the club as an adolescent, he wanted to make his dream of flying come true,” the club said in a statement released to ABC News. “He was able to realize his dream, the dream he now has paid for so dearly with his own life,” the statement said. An airline spokeswoman said Lubitz had 630 hours of flight experience and only 100 of those hours were on this particular model of plane, an Airbus A320. By comparison, a U.S. first officer would be required to have at least 1,500 hours of experience to get hired by an airline. Investigators have been able to listen to the audio recording from inside the cockpit and the captain can be heard leaving the cockpit and then tapping on the door to re-enter but being denied, Robin said. Michael Probst/AP Photo PHOTO: Police hold media away from the house where Andreas Lubitz lived in Montabaur, Germany, March 26, 2015. The banging on the door grows louder while the co-pilot can be heard breathing throughout, he added, suggesting he was not incapacitated before the Tuesday crash that left 150 people dead. Robin said the co-pilot had no reason not to allow the captain back into the cockpit and he should not have gone silent on the radio to air traffic control. “When you commit suicide, you die alone,” Robin said in response to a question. “With 150 on the plane, I wouldn’t call that...

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Phoenix Suburb Shooting: At Least 4 Shot As Search For Gunman Continues
Mar18

Phoenix Suburb Shooting: At Least 4 Shot As Search For Gunman Continues

ABC News Police have responded to a shooting incident in Mesa, Arizona, where at least four people were shot including one that may be facing life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The alleged shooter remains on the loose and tactical units have been deployed in the search. Mesa police spokesman Esteban Flores said that there are believed to be five or six different locations. “As far as we know, he is alone,” Flores said at a press conference this afternoon. “We do have a carjacking situation I think it was at the bistro where the second shooting has occurred, that vehicle has been located.” KNXV PHOTO: A shooting incident has been reported in Mesa, Ariz., March 18, 2015. The suspect is believed to be white, bald and in his 40s with a tattoo on his neck. Police have warned area residents to remain...

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