From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: 7 alleged human smuggling network members arrested in Guatemala
Date: Fri Aug 08 12:19:55 MDT 2014
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August 8, 2014


7 alleged human smuggling network members arrested in Guatemala


Seven alleged members of a suspected human smuggling criminal network were arrested this week in Quetzaltenango by Guatemalan law enforcement officials with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This network has been linked with multiple human smuggling organizations working along the U.S. and Mexican borders, including Texas and Arizona, according to ICE.

The individuals arrested in Quetzaltenango were: Antonio Rolando Chavez Paxtor, Maricela Isabel Gonzalez Hernandez, Eliseo Alvarado Gonzalez, Marciano Alvarado Gonzalez, Antonio Adonias Gonzalez Hernandez, Genaro Elias Jimenez and Pablo Arnoldo Gomez-Gonzalez. Two other members of this organization were arrested in Mexican territory: Douglas Ivan Aguilar-Juarez and Milton Rocael Sebastian Cardona.  More 

The U.S. signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) with Kenya marking a significant milestone in collaboration on security and trade facilitation between the two countries. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner (Acting) Kevin McAleenan signed the agreement on behalf of CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Minister of the Treasury Henry Rotich signed the agreement on behalf of Kenya.

"Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements are valuable tools in the enforcement of our laws as they facilitate information sharing between international partners," said Deputy Commissioner (Acting) Kevin McAleenan. "This agreement will expand our efforts to combat illicit cross-border activities and will enable us to continue our work to prevent, detect and investigate customs offenses."  More


The Coast Guard has rescued 27 passengers and crew aboard a disabled vessel in the Piscataqua River, in Portsmouth, NH.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a report at 3:05 p.m. on August 1 that the vessel Celia Thaxter had become disabled and was being pushed against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge by the current. Multiple Coast Guard and New Hampshire Marine Patrol responders rushed to the scene.

A Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor 25-foot response boat crew and a New Hampshire Marine Patrol boat crew arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. and safely evacuated all 24 passengers and two crewmembers to a nearby pier where EMS awaited.  More    

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security has announced that Joshua Jackson, director - Global Product Integration, has been elected as vice chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Jackson will join new Chairman, Mohammad Soleimani, CTO and executive vice president of Kastle Systems, to help develop specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems.

"Mohammad and Joshua bring us strong technology, commercial and industry leadership skills," said David Bunzel, executive director of the PSIA. "They will be powerful evangelists for how standards-based physical security systems can help the industry create new opportunities for systems integration and data sharing, while solving cost and complexity challenges."  More 


Mike Hopkins

Los Angeles, CA-based Ice Energy, a provider of distributed thermal energy storage technology, has announced Mike Hopkins as president of the company. Hopkins previously served as the company's executive vice president of corporate development and legal and played a key role in engaging with utilities across the country and internationally.

"Ice Energy is poised to become a very significant force in the energy space with tremendous interest throughout the industry. To prepare for the growth, the board has asked Mike Hopkins to assume the role of president and lead our efforts in branding, marketing, IT, finance, contract and partner negotiations, as well as investor relations," said James Kelly, Ice Energy director and former senior vice president of transmission and distribution for Southern California Edison. "Mike is an experienced and proven leader with just the right skills for the job.  More    

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a contract to provide two of its TWIC Plus IM2620 identification card readers to the Port of Cleveland in Ohio.

The contract is for a web-hosted TWIC reading system, similar to the one the company recently provided to the Port of Portland in Oregon. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication for reporting purposes to keep track of which personnel are entering the facility at specific times.

The company recently launched a cloud-based business model providing hosted software solutions instead of installing software directly onto the customer's computer servers.  More 

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