Marty Ficke blogs primarily on federal law enforcement matters, with a particular expertise in financial crime, counterfeit goods, smuggling and conspiracy operations in port.
Prior to retiring in February 2007, Ficke served as the Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security. As the head of New York office, Agent Ficke led ICE’s largest Office of Investigations, whose mission is to secure the homeland through enforcement of customs and immigration laws. Within his area of responsibility were JFK International Airport, one of the world’s largest air facilities and the Port of New York/New Jersey, the largest container port complex on the East Coast.
Additionally, Ficke managed the El Dorado Task Force (EDTF), the largest multi-agency money laundering task force in the United States. Under his direction, Commercial Fraud, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods violations were incorporated into the EDTF to add a money laundering component to the traditional law enforcement approach to these investigations. Prior to leading the New York Office, Ficke held the position of Associate Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Customs Service in Newark, New Jersey for three years.
From 1998 to 2000, Ficke was responsible for establishing strategies and policies to confront narcotics smuggling and money laundering in the New York area. He was responsible for developing a cohesive narcotics interdiction program consistent with the local threat and national policy. Ficke served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for narcotics smuggling for the U.S. Customs Service, Newark, New Jersey office for a ten-year period from 1988 to 1998.
Prior to his long tenure as a special agent in U.S. Customs and Homeland Security, Ficke launched his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration Service in 1974.
Agent Ficke retired from the Department of Homeland Security in 2007 and currently serves as the Director of Investigations for SES Resources International, based in New York.
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