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      ICE agent stripped of badge, gun & confined to desk duty

      Yasser Yahia Hassan // Harlingen Police Department Photo

      An ICE agent has been stripped of his badge and gun and then confined to desk duties following his arrest at a local airport.

      Harlingen police arrested 42-year-old Yasser Yahia Hassan on a public intoxication charge late Friday afternoon.

      The incident happened at the Valley International Airport where Hassan allegedly had a gun and wanted to hurt himself.

      Several police cars responded to the scene where police reported Hassan appeared drunk.

      Police officers arrested the ICE agent at the scene and seized his gun, which was later identified as his duty weapon.

      Hassan was released from custody on Friday night after posting a $337 dollar bond for the Class C misdemeanor offense.

      ICE officials told Action 4 News on Wednesday that agency officials took away his credentials and gun and confined him to desk duty.

      The agency reported that Hassan had been an agent since April 2007.

      ICE Statement:

      Yasser Yahia Hassan is an Immigration Enforcement Agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He has been assigned to administrative duties pending an internal investigation. He has served in his current position since April 2007.

      As public servants working for a law enforcement agency, ICE employees are held to the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. Incidents of misconduct are treated with the utmost seriousness and investigated thoroughly. When substantiated, appropriate action is taken.