The only federal case searches relating directly to ICE that I have read about are relating to searches for PERSONS being transported (and books and records relating to persons being transported).
If you think you might be searched, it might be a good idea to hire a criminal defense attorney to speak with you in person, go on-site to examine your business. You may want to have a tax attorney look at your records to further insure that your business is legal, and legitimate. Your business records can be used against you just like anything found in a search.
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There is no requirement that I am aware of that ICE officials give notice to the target of a federal investigation. However, if these threats are false and you can prove it you may wish to voluntarily contact ICE and/or local law enforcement for a couple of reasons. First, it sounds as if someone is abusing law enforcement for some unknown purpose. If this motive was improper and has caused you or the business significant injury there may be a civil abuse of process claim against this person. Second, this person may have committed a crime of filing of a false report and/or extortion. These are very serious allegations and you may want to speak to an attorney for your business before speaking with law enforcement.
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There may very well be merit to your defense or position in this type of situation. However, there are hardly sufficient details for an attorney to provide you with some path to follow. It is imperative that ALL of the facts in a particular situation be examined. No conclusion can be drawn from the communication that you have provided.
There are some matters that are just better handled by an attorney familiar with the procedures of the courts in your area. Most, if not all, legal matters should not be handled via internet communication. At best, the responders on this site can give you a few hints and guidance. To deal with a legal problem, nothing is better than to consult with a lawyer who will give you some time and advice. If you cannot afford an attorney, there should be agencies in your area that can provide discounted, or even free, legal services.
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