ICE announces selection of special agent in charge in NJ

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March 21, 2012
Newark, NJ

Andrew McLees oversees ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations  in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Immigration and  Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that Andrew McLees has been selected to  assume command as the agency’s top investigator in New Jersey.

McLees was the acting special agent  in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark; the announcement  confirms his permanent posting to this position.

As special agent in charge, McLees  supervises HSI operations throughout the Garden State. Encompassing the area of  responsibility includes one major international airport and the metro area  seaports. McLees manages more than 200 employees and is responsible for supervising  investigations involving more than 400 criminal and administrative statutes in  the federal code.

“Mr. McLees is a superb HSI special  agent and leader,” said James Dinkins, executive associate director of HSI. “His experience throughout his law enforcement  career will enable him to continue leading HSI investigations and operations in  New Jersey while protecting our homeland and communities from transnational  criminal organizations.”

“My selection as the special agent  in charge for HSI Newark provides me an extraordinary opportunity to work with  our cadre of special agents as they continue to enforce the HSI mission to  protect our homeland.” said McLees. “HSI will continue to be in the  forefront of premier investigations and work with all of our law enforcement  partners as we address the threats facing New Jersey.”

McLees was born and raised in  Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from LaSalle University and is  currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State  University. McLees began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a special agent  with the legacy U.S. Customs Service in Newark. From 1998 to 2002 he worked at  their headquarters, where he held several key positions, including special  assistant to the commissioner. In 2006, McLees was named assistant special  agent in charge for HSI Philadelphia. In 2008, he served as the chief of staff  for the director of ICE during the U.S. presidential transition. He fulfilled  that role until May 2009, when he became the deputy special agent in charge in  Philadelphia.

HSI investigates a wide range of  domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of  people and goods including: human trafficking and smuggling; smuggling of  narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband; financial crimes like money laundering and wire fraud; and child predator, counterfeiting and immigration crime.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

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