Counterfeiting, smuggling paraphernalia part of Crime Museum's new ICE exhibit

(WJLA) - You’re getting a first look at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s new exhibit at the Crime Museum. And the experience was more than a year in the making.

"What we have is a very graphic depiction of what our men and women do every day," explains ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale.

Our town has a lot of acronyms, so what exactly does I.C.E. do?

"We combat trans-national criminal organizations that bring everything into this country from drugs to pornography to intellectual property rights violations such as counterfeit watches," says special agent Erik Schipul.

Expensive time pieces, dangerous knock-off prescription pills, and even a champions New Orleans Saints Super Bowl ring are just some of the knockoffs that I.C.E. keeps off the streets.

"I think probably one basic rule is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," says Ragsdale.

I.C.E. hopes that visitors will mentally put themselves in their position:

We really want to inspire the next generation of folks who seek a career in criminal justice," says Ragsdale.

"We started doing social media outreach about a year ago and had great success with it," says Cori Bassett with I.C.E. Strategic Communications.

Since January 2013, we have already helped them catch a handful of the worst child predators – thanks to tweets and statuses.

"And this is what really prompted us to figure out, you know what, we need an app for this. We need to be able to reach out to the public and ask for their help directly," says Bassett.

I.C.E. even released their own mobile app, which gives you alerts to help them look for the baddest of the bad.

"When we first rolled out the app we were actually number three
right behind Merriam-Webster and the Bible," says Bassett.

So immerse yourself in I.C.E. culture now through December at the Crime Museum in Penn Quarter.