“The OCDETF Fusion Center and IOC-2 are founded on the principle that we can accomplish more together than we can separately,” said Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden. “By bringing together the agencies and personnel with existing resources and expertise we can work more effectively as partners to shut down organized crime networks, seize assets and save taxpayer dollars in the process. This agreement, coupled with recent agreements between ICE, DEA and ATF will allow new levels of cooperation and intelligence sharing.”“These additional agreements we’ve signed with our Department of Justice law enforcement partners help us all better combat the worst criminal offenders,” said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton. “By combining our resources, we expect to stop more drug smugglers and organized crime (Stolen Cars) across the country.”
**See my prior post, Saturday, July 26, 2008
THE STOLEN CARS OF AL-QAEDA, FINANCING TERRORISM
**See my prior post July 10, 2009, HIGH END CARS STOLEN IN DUBAI AND SHARJAH UAE AND SENT BY RO-RO SHIPS TO IRAQ FOR RESALE AND SUPPORT OF TERRORISM
By becoming an active participate in the OCDETF Fusion Center as outlined in one MOU, ICE will be adding more than 25 million records, including reports of investigation, wiretap intercept information and financial investigative material, from its drug-related investigations and drug-related financial investigations to the Fusion Center.
ICE will also gain access to the additional agency information available through the Fusion Center. This increased partnership will further help in the joint fight against drug trafficking organizations by all of the other Fusion Center agencies, including the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
**See my post, July 10, 2009,
INDIAN MUSLIM MAFIA DON, DAWOOD IBRAHIM, STILL RUNS THE SHOW IN BALLYWOOD, HEROIN TRADE AND THE STOLEN CAR RACKET IN DUBAI UAE, BY BILL WARNER PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR.
DOJ and ICE also signed an MOU regarding ICE participation in the newly-created IOC-2, which marshals the resources and information of nine U.S. law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecutors, to collectively combat the threats posed by international criminal organizations to domestic safety and security.
It allows partner agencies to join together in a task force setting, combine data and produce actionable leads for investigators and prosecutors working nationwide to combat international organized crime, and to coordinate the resulting multi-jurisdictional investigations and prosecutions. ICE’s new membership in IOC-2 will allow all the partner agencies to draw on data that now ICE will provide, while allowing ICE to work investigations with other agencies that may be targeting the same syndicates.
JUN 18, 2009 - WASHINGTON- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today entered into a new interagency agreement to increase the number of agents targeting international drug traffickers, improve and enhance information and intelligence sharing, and promote effective coordination between the agencies.
DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton today signed the agreement describing the new measures both agencies will implement. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Assistant Secretary of ICE will select an unlimited number of ICE agents for cross-designation to investigate violations of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 801, et seq., (“Title 21”) with a clearly articulable nexus to the United States border in coordination with DEA.
These ICE agents will target smugglers who bring drugs into the country and transport them into our communities. "In addition, ICE now will be able to investigate these violations overseas (support of terrorism) while coordinating with DEA".
ICE and DEA will fully share information electronically through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Fusion Center. This will allow DEA, ICE, FBI, and other participating agencies to access each other’s case information and more effectively target criminals. This sharing also promotes officer safety and avoids duplication of efforts.
“This agreement marks a new era of cooperation between ICE and DEA to combat drug smuggling,” said Assistant Secretary Morton. “Together, ICE agents and DEA agents will target those who profit from bringing drugs across our borders and into our communities.”
“As drug traffickers become more aggressive and violent, they must be countered by greater coordination, cooperation and information sharing by federal agencies. Forging a stronger partnership between DEA and ICE is another powerful tool for meeting this increasingly global drug trafficking threat,” stated DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart.
“As the lead agency for drug law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, DEA welcomes the expanded resources, cooperation and information sharing that this agreement will bring to our drug enforcement efforts.”
See prior USA Today post....DEA probe links illegal drug profits in terrorists
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have amassed evidence for the first time that an illegal drug operation in the United States was funneling proceeds to Middle East terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Evidence gathered by the Drug Enforcement Administration since a series of raids in January indicates that a methamphetamine drug operation in the Midwest involving men of Middle Eastern descent has been shipping money back to terrorist groups, officials said.