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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2009, 12:59:30 PM »

ICE announces 29 arrests in Vegas

Updated: Aug 7, 2009 06:48 PM

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 29 arrests.  This is part of an operation targeting gang members.  The organization sent the following press release:

 A total of 29 gang members and gang associates, including many with serious criminal histories, are in custody this morning following a three-day multi-agency gang enforcement operation in Las Vegas and Mesquite spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Two of the gang members arrested during the surge that began early Tuesday are facing federal criminal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.  The others are foreign nationals who are being processed for deportation.  The group taken into custody includes a Salvadoran national with ties to the notorious MS-13 gang, a citizen of Afghanistan, and a citizen of the Bahamas; the others are citizens of Mexico.     

Joining ICE in the operation were officers from the LasVegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Mesquite Police Department and the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS), Division of Parole and Probation and Division of Investigation.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative by ICE's National Gang Unit called "Operation Community Shield."  As part of the initiative, ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs.

"Street gangs pose a growing public safety threat to communities throughout this area," said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations that oversees the agency's activities in the Las Vegas area.  "The violence and crime associated with these gangs has reached intolerable levels.  ICE is working with its law enforcement partners here, and across the country, to attack and dismantle these criminal organizations."

The foreign national gang members and gang associates who were arrested on administrative immigration violations have been placed in removal proceedings.  They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.

Most of the individuals arrested during the operation have criminal histories, including prior convictions for drug trafficking, weapons possession, kidnapping with a deadly weapon, home invasion, battery with a deadly weapon, coercing children with intent to engage in sexual conduct, grand larceny and theft.  Luis Morales-Villapudua, 38, a Mexican national previously convicted of drug trafficking, has been criminally charged with re-entering the United States after deportation, a federal crime that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

"On behalf of the Mesquite Nevada Police Department and the entire Mesquite community, we would like to express our appreciation to ICE for the agency's continued efforts to assist us with the removal of criminal aliens from our streets," said Mesquite Police Chief Douglas L. Law.  "Operation Community Shield allows us to share intelligence and manpower with our local and federal law enforcement partners to remove criminal aliens from our communities. This ongoing initiative is critical to maintaining the quiet and peaceful lifestyle our citizens have come to enjoy and expect."

"This operation was an opportunity to combine resources with our federal partners in an effort to rid our community of violent criminals," said Kirk Primas, commander of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Gang Crimes Bureau.

"The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation was proud to participate in this multi-agency operation," said Lt. Adam Page, with NDPS in Las Vegas.  "We routinely supervise illegal aliens on parole or probation for committing felonies against the law-abiding citizens in our community.  This operation will undoubtedly have a positive impact towards improving the safety of our neighborhoods."

Since Operation Community Shield began in February 2005, ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 14,000 gang members and associates linked to more than 900 different gangs.

The National Gang Unit at ICE identifies violent street gangs and develops intelligence on their membership, associates, criminal activities and international movements to deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from criminal activities.

Through Operation Community Shield, the federal government uses its powerful immigration and customs authorities in a coordinated, national campaign against criminal street gangs in the United States.  Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in ]human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

To report suspicious activity, call ICE's 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423 or visit www.ice.gov.

http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10867422

Human traffickers are going down in Vegas. Praying Jessie's mom might find Jessie or get some answers regarding Jessie from all the busts going on.

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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2009, 05:08:44 AM »

http://www.chtv.com/ch/chcanews/story.html?id=2139653

Mother refuses to give up search
Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Glendene Grant's days begin around 3:30 a.m. by typing her daughter's name into search engines and monitoring dozens of websites devoted to missing women.

Jessie Foster may have vanished in the underbelly of Las Vegas in 2006, but her presence on the Internet is inescapable.

"She's to me the most well-known, unknown missing person in the world," said Grant, who has created nearly a dozen websites in her daughter's name. She adds Foster's photo and story to every missing persons list and forum she can find.


Glendene Grant discusses her search for her missing daughter, Jessica Foster, who is pictured in the website www.jessiefoster.ca and in photos in the background. Jessica had been living in Las Vegas when she went missing near the end of March 2006. Glendene suspects her daughter may have been a victim of human trafficking.

****Calgary-born Foster was 21 when she disappeared in March 2006, four months after moving to Las Vegas.

Grant believes her daughter is caught up in a human trafficking ring, lured to glamorous Las Vegas by a recruiter who helped turn Foster into a sex slave.

Before her abrupt disappearance, Foster painted a picture of happiness to her parents. She told them she was engaged to a wealthy man, Peter Todd, who drove fast cars and lived in a fancy house in north Vegas.

She phoned often and came back to Canada for visits.

Grant eventually learned her daughter's so-called fiance was a pimp with a prior conviction for spousal assault, and that Foster was working as a prostitute for an escort agency. Foster had twice been arrested for solicitation in 2005.

Prior to her disappearance, Foster travelled to Nevada, New York and Florida with high school friend Donald Vaz.

She called home and said he asked her to earn funds turning tricks because he gambled his money away.

Despite her work in the prostitution trade, Foster kept in touch with family unfailingly, Grant says.

In March 2006, Foster called home to announce she was coming to Kamloops for a visit in a few days and on to Calgary for her stepsister's wedding.

She never arrived.

March 28, 2006, was the last day Foster was seen alive. Since then, Foster's credit cards and bank accounts haven't been touched.

Her frequently used cellphone hasn't been used.

All of these clues are leading Grant to the same horrible conclusion and she is doing everything she can to keep Foster's story alive.

"I want her to be Canada's poster child for human trafficking. It's a symbol of the whole thing. Human trafficking needs to take on a face so people will remember," says Grant.

"Whether she's back or still missing, whether she's alive or not alive, she's already helped a lot of other people start talking about this."

Her website, www.jessiefoster.ca,and YouTube montages offer a $50,000 reward for information about Foster's whereabouts. She spends hours every day trying to track down leads.

"We're slowly getting Jessie's case saturated around the world. I write enough stories and tag her enough that her name is alive out there."

Grant says she doesn't want to think about her daughter's death because she wants to focus on finding her alive.

"I think the absolute worst is knowing you're never going to see your child again, but I think I will see Jessie again. I know I will."

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Calgary detectives have an average caseload of 3,200 missing person reports each year, but "99 per cent of those people are found or find their way home," says Det. John Hebert of the Calgary Police Service major crimes unit.

Calgary simply doesn't have a number of unsolved, high-profile cases of local women disappearing under sinister circumstances.

"We're certainly not seeing them. In terms of missing persons, we're seeing resolutions of the vast majority of cases as opposed to having a great number of outstanding ones," says Hebert.

"The vast majority of our outstanding missing persons that are reported are resolved in one way or another in a reasonably timely manner."

In the past decade, there are two outstanding cases of women who disappeared under questionable circumstances.

Marie Rosa Ciciolla, 35, was last seen July 20, 2006, getting into a vehicle on the corner of one of the city's most notorious sex trade strolls, 19th Avenue and 44th Street S.E.

Since April, there have been five more reports of missing women, but no indications of foul play, police say.

"In a comparison to what I've seen in the '90s in Vancouver to what you see here is vastly different," says Hebert.

"You can say that about a number of port cities, blue collar versus white collar, it really depends on the vibe of the city."
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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2010, 09:45:17 PM »

Good evening!! and Hi Monks and Monkettes -

I would like to as a personal favor... and I rarely if ever do this. Infact, I have never done this.

If you could send a dollar - 2 dollars - or - even five dollars (Max) to this address -

Glendene Grant at 834 Dominion Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 2Y4

I am only posting this here to my friends - no where else on SM - but this will truly help someone that needs it.

I have always said and posted many times becareful who you send your hard earned money .. this is a good cause.

And It goes beyond saying' "trust me"... this is a good cause.

I appreciate any consideration you may give -

Thank you all! 

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Hello everyone...
One of my dearest friends Glendene Grant has been endlessly searching for her daughter Jessie Foster for close to 4 years now...she is believed to be a victim of human trafficking and Glendene has tirelessly explored every avenue possible to locate her daughter and help many other unfortunate families who have missing children as well...she is a pillar of strength when it comes to looking for Jessie...but is indeed human and can only withstand so much...
Please read the below letter from Glendene...take a look at the links and find it in your heart to help her...
Just think, if you were to put $5 in an envelope and sent it to Glendene Grant at 834 Dominion Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 2Y4...and just think if you were to send this email to everyone that you know...and they were to send Glendene $5 in an envelope, she would be able to attend the 2 dates below and maybe through these appearances, she would be able to find Jessie...then you would have helped a mother reunite with her child...
I could never imagine not knowing where my child was for 4 years...but I know I would not be able to move on until I found them...
Time is off the essence in this $5 mailout...as the first date to appear on Canada AM is on March 29th...Please participate in this quest to find Jessie Foster...and mail your $5 to Glendene Grant at 834 Dominion Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 2Y4 on of before March 22nd (which is this Monday!)...I am mailing my $5 today!...remember the power of numbers...a whole bunch of little bits sure will go a long way!
Thank you in advance for your participation...
Love Jeanne

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Begin forwarded message:
From: "Glendene Grant" <glendene@telus.net>
Date: March 15, 2010 4:30:13 PM PDT (CA)
To: <"Undisclosed-Recipient:;"@invalid.domain>
Subject: I have a Canada AM interview booked for March 29th!!

I got a call from Canada AM this morning. They want to do an interview with me on March 29th, the 4 year mark of Jessie's disappearance. They will be also interviewing renowned forensic artist Diana Trepkov (Diana P. Trepkov is officially the only Certified Forensic Artist in Canada) about the age enhancement drawings she did of Jessie.

 
On March 28th I have to be in Vancouver - they are booking me a hotel room across from their studio - and I have to be at the studio between 4 & 4:30A.M. There is one small problem with that, I have no way to get there and no money to rent a car or take a bus. If anyone knows anyone that works for a place that is able to donate funds for this or has a way to get a ticket for me with Greyhound or WestJet.

 
I am not whining or complaining, you all know for almost 4 years I have never done much of that publicly. But having a missing child is expensive. Even when you cannot carry on any more, nothing else around  you stops. Bills pile up and you cannot pay them because the income has stopped. I was off work for 1.5 years when Jessie went missing and out of necessity I HAD to go back to work. Then where I work shut down. Now I have no job. My hubby changed jobs after Jessie went missing because he used to work out of town and he just could not leave me alone at that horrible time, but this job has had its hours cut back so much he is very lucky if he even gets 20 hours of work a week. He does make a good hourly rate,  but the facts are, there are very few jobs available for his work experience, so for him to quit would put us in a worse spot than we have found ourselves in now.

 
I know that most of you are in no better situation than we are - it is our horrible economy and we can only hope and pray it gets better, but someone somewhere must know someone somewhere who can get me a return ticket to Vancouver - bus or plane or even get us a rental car for 2 days. I know that is not asking much from a company or huge corporation - so please everyone - let`s work on getting me to Vancouver so Jessie's story will be on Canada AM on March 29, 2010 - 4 years to the day since she went missing.

 
Also, if anyone is able to help with that, and they are able to do more - I have one more request. I also have to try to get to Toronto on April 15th, 2010 so I can attend the Walk With Me ceremony where police officers, social workers & media people are going to be rewarded for their unselfish work with human trafficking & victims of this horrible crime, with the Jessie & Glendene Award. Timea Nagy from Walk With Me has named it after us to bring awareness to Jessie`s human trafficking case and me for all I do to try to find her and help others while I do.

 
I know these are 2 big requests, but I am pretty sure we can all get together and make it happen.
MARCH 29th - Canada AM - I need to get to Vancouver, BC.
APRIL 15th - Walk With Me Award Ceremony - I need to get to Toronto, ON.

 
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support in our search to find my missing daughter, JESSIE FOSTER. Sincerely, Jessie's mom Glendene Grant.
Official Website for Missing Jessie Foster

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Thank you very much!

From: xxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:44 PM
To: Glendene Grant
Subject: Re: OK - this is BIG for Jessie's case - and added to everything else happening, it is HUGE

Congrats Glendene - no one deserves this more than you and Jessie. Hang in there!

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Glendene Grant" <glendene@shaw.ca>
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Sent: Monday, March 8, 2010 12:50:29 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: OK - this is BIG for Jessie's case - and added to everything else happening, it is HUGE

OK - this is BIG for Jessie's case - and added to everything else happening, it is HUGE.

 I got an email from a woman who is a human trafficking survivor and I practically fell apart. She asked me the most amazing thing. Read on:

Dear Glendene,

My name is Timea, a survivor of Human Trafficking. I heard about your story, and first I would like to just tell you that I wish that I could do something more to help you.

I am working with a mother who's daughter also got trafficked from her house 2 years ago, and it is still an ongoing struggle. She doesn't have much support from organizations in Ottawa...

Anyways, the reason why I thought I reach out to you because we are hosting our first Award Ceremony in April. We are rewarding Officers, Social workers, and members of the Media, who have been working around the clock to fight this horrific crime and helping human trafficked victims.

We have been thinking about what to name our award, and I remembered reading about your story in Calgary while I was out there presenting, and it has truly touched me.

I would like to ask your permission to name our Award after you and your daughter?

Please visit my website, and feel free to contact me any time. I would be happy just to get to know you a little bit, and see if there is anything we can do for each other.

Hug, Timea Eva Nagy
Executive Director

WALK  WITH ME
International Independent Organization
Helping Human Trafficked Victims

Toronto, Ontario

http://www.walk-with-me.org

MY REPLY TO HER:
Timea, thank you so much for emailing me. It means so much for me that you asked this. YES, please - it would be such an honour for you to name it after us. Well for sure after Jessie! I work so much to keep Jessie's name out there for everyone to remember, and this would be huge to do that. I will go to your site now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This means the world to me and for Jessie. Sincerely, Glendene

HER REPLY BACK TO ME:
Dear Glendene,

Thank you so very much for letting us honor our officers and social workers with the Award that will be named after you and your daughter.

I would absolutely love to connect with you over the phone possibly this evening or Tuesday evening if you are available.

Again, thank you so very much for letting us name the award after you and your daughter.

The website should give you a little info on what I do, but there is a lot more we don't post there for security reasons.

Hugs, from one survivor to an other.

ME BACK TO HER: 
Wow, I am still flying high on this great news. You can call me anytime!!! I would love to talk to you. And thank you for asking, it means so much. And it will be 4 years since Jessie went missing on March 29, 2010 - so this is an awesome way to get through that horrible time. Bless your heart and the mother of the other young woman missing. I know what she is up against, I have not got any help from many in authority here in BC either, but I push and push and now I am close with the head of the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers. Talk soon, Glendene.
 


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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2010, 02:22:45 PM »

http://www.ctv.ca/canadaam/

Here's the link to the show that Jessie's Mom was on.  You have to go down to Canada Am and Jeff's Videos and then scroll through until you find Discussion of a Missing Woman.
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2010, 02:26:56 PM »

Actually, here's a better link.  It has the video and the age progression pictures on it as well.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100329/jessie_100329/20100329?hub=TopStoriesV2

4 years after daughter disappeared, mom still hopeful

CTV.ca News Staff

Date: Mon. Mar. 29 2010 9:18 AM ET

Glendene Grant has never given up hope that her daughter is still alive.

The Kamloops, B.C., mother hasn't seen her daughter, Jessica "Jessie" Foster, since Christmas 2005, when the then-21-year-old came home for the holidays.

Jessie had been living in Las Vegas and told her mom she had become engaged to be married.

"We thought Jessie was living a normal life in Las Vegas, but ultimately, that's not what was going on at all," Grant told CTV's Canada AM Monday from Vancouver.

"We spoke to people who knew Jessie down there and they told me she was actually afraid of this person [her fiancÚ]."

Grant would later learn that Jessie had been living with 39-year-old Peter Todd, who was well-known to police as a pimp. What Grant also didn't know at the time of Jessie's last visit was that Jessie had also been arrested for prostitution a few months before.

In March 2006, Jessie called her mom to tell her she wanted to come home. Four days later, Jessie spoke to her sister on the phone. And then, silence.

Though police began an investigation into the Calgary woman's disappearance, no trace of Jessie has even been found.

What is worrying about Jessie's case is that at the same time she disappeared, so did three other young women, in similar circumstances. The other three were all eventually found dead.

But Grant doesn't believe her daughter is dead. After learning more about Jessie's life in Las Vegas through the work of a private investigator, Grant now has a theory about what happened to her.

"Jessie was actually a human trafficking victim. And she had fallen victim to these people," she says.

"And when she tried to leave, they just took her away somewhere."

Now, four years after the disappearance of her daughter, Grant is circulating three "age-progressed" sketches of what Jessie might now look like. They're drawn by Diana Trepkov, a forensic artist who's worked with police departments across North America.

They depict Jessie as she might look at age 26. In one of the images, Trepkov drew Jessie as she would look if her appearance had been altered by her captors, in order to disguise her. Her blond hair is darkened and her skin is tanned, here hair is shown straight and short on one side, and long and wavy on the other.

The second image shows how Trepkov thinks Jessie might look if she was being physically abused by human traffickers.

"I made her look very tired, thinned, worn out, a bruise on the lip, dark circles under her eyes. I disguised her with darker hair in a split hairstyle," Trepkov told Canada AM.

"Human trafficking is a $1 billion industry. She would be prime, because she's blond and petite. They would kidnap her and make her look different."

Grant hopes someone will see the sketches and recognize Jessie and help find her daughter.

Grant firmly believes Jessie is still alive somewhere because she says she can feel it in her heart.

"I've talked to the mothers of those other women who were found deceased and one of them in particular told me that she knew even before her daughter's remains were identified that she didn't think her daughter would ever be found alive. She said this came from deep in her heart. We call this our heartstrings. My heartstrings are still connected to Jessie. It hasn't changed in terms of me feeling that she's still alive," Grant said.

"A mother knows in her heart when her child has died, and I haven't felt that at all. And that gives me the greatest hope."

Anyone who thinks they have information about the disappearance of Jessie Foster is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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