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07/01/2015
Las Vegas, NV
Enforcement and Removal

LAS VEGAS – Child sex offenders and convicted drug traffickers are among the 25 criminal aliens arrested during a four-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Clark County that concluded Sunday.

07/01/2015
Buffalo, NY
Operational
Personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) were among the more than 1,200 law enforcement officials working together during the manhunt that began on June 6 and spread approximately 50 miles west of the prison.
07/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On Dec. 2, 2014, HSI special agents arrested Edwin J. Santiago-Rivera, 26, a former member of the Puerto Rico National Guard, at his residence in the municipality of Villalba. The arrest spurred from information from the Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) Sex Crimes Division in Ponce regarding the transportation by Santiago-Rivera of a 14-year-old girl with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
07/01/2015
New Orleans, LA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Kanubhai Patel, AKA, Mr. Kenny, and Pop, 74, of Kenner, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of benefiting financially from trafficking in persons.
07/01/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
HSI special agents have tracked multiple false provenances provided by Subhash Kapoor, the owner of Art of the Past Gallery, who has been implicated in the HSI probe dubbed Operation Hidden Idol.
07/01/2015
Roanoke, VA
Financial Crimes
Carlos O’Brien Ricketts, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Michael F. Urbanski of the Western District of Virginia to serve 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $74,450 in restitution to his victims.
07/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On March 8, 2014, HSI special agents arrested Randy Charriez-Rolon, 30, at his place of work in Dorado after a preliminary investigation found that he transported an 8-year-old minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
07/01/2015
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation

Summer is here, which means warm weather, outdoor fun and, most importantly, no school for children nationwide.

07/01/2015
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Teresita Zarrabian, 62, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines residing in Des Plaines, Illinois, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release.
06/30/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
The World Customs Organization-led (WCO) operation, dubbed FLYAWAY, teamed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
06/30/2015
Naco, AZ
Narcotics
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to three separate seizures totaling more than three tons of marijuana June 23 near the border south of Tucson.
06/30/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Worksite Enforcement
Wen Ping Chen, 30, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and his brother Wen Qiu Chen, 31, of Santa Fe, were also ordered to forfeit a residence located on Aztec Court in Rio Rancho that was used to facilitate the Chens’ criminal conduct. Although the amount of restitution to be paid by the Chen brothers will be determined at a later date, the court noted that the restitution order will be at least $120,000.
06/30/2015
Trenton, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Marijan Cvjeticanin, 50, of St. James, New York, was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud following a one-week trial.
06/30/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics
Casey Lamotte, 30, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was sentenced June 29 to 75 months in prison, which is to be followed by two years of supervised release. Lamotte was one of 29 individuals charged with drug trafficking offenses following a multi-agency investigation targeting drug trafficking in northwestern New Mexico.
06/30/2015
The Hague, Netherlands
Financial Crimes
Officials from more than 25 countries gathered June 18-19 to discuss the use of virtual currencies by criminal organizations to complete illicit transactions and launder ill-gotten gains. The event was co-hosted by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Europol’s Cybercrime Center.
06/30/2015
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
Hardened criminals, such as drug cartel and violent gang members are not always cooperative when arrested, taken into custody and removed from the United States. That’s a situation for the elite special response teams (SRTs) from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to handle.
06/30/2015
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
The arrests, made from June 23 through June 25, were made throughout New Jersey, with multiple arrests in cities such as Lakewood, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton, Cherry Hill, Paterson, Secaucus and Elizabeth. Of the 69 taken into custody by ERO, 51 met the agency’s highest priority level due to felony convictions or participation in a criminal street gang.
06/30/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights
Stephen Voudouris, Sr., 59, from Newtown Square, Yung Chung, 31, from West Chester, and Jaimmy Chun, 30, from Philadelphia are charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Voudouris, Sr. is also charged with smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States.
06/30/2015
Beaumont, TX
Narcotics
Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and a $100 million fine by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
06/29/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
This new guidance is the result of a six-month agency Working Group that examined these issues with subject matter experts, sought input from transgender individuals, and visited various non-federal facilities across the country to observe best practices.
06/29/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation
Ronald Carey Shirley, 64, of Simi Valley, a certified public accountant who served as the chief financial officer for the California Angels baseball team in the 1990s, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter.
06/29/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 26, 2015
06/29/2015
Fayetteville, AR
Child Exploitation
Steven Lesmeister, 38, of Harrison, was indicted June 4 on three federal felony charges for sending unprovoked lewd messages and videos to juvenile females in Virginia, New York and North Carolina in September 2014.
06/29/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation
Zachary Knight, 20, lived in the U.S. Army War College housing area with his family when HSI special agents arrested him May 9, 2014, after they found videos of his sexual abuse he made with the victims.
06/29/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights
Martez Alando Gurley, 40, from Napa, California, admitted at his pre-arraignment hearing June 29 that he purchased 15,000 to 18,000 counterfeit Viagra and counterfeit Cialis tablets from an individual in China he knew as “Alice,” as well as an additional 3,600 to 4,800 tablets from another individual within the U.S.

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