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04/20/2015
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Pedro Cruz-Cardena, 65, and Gilberto Salazar-Villegas, 38, were removed to Mexico from Dallas via Laredo, Texas, and turned over to Mexican officials April 15.
04/20/2015
Washington, DC
Operational

A group of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees had the distinct honor of meeting with and thanking heroes from the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, April 16.  

04/20/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

The United States attracts and welcomes foreign citizens to our nation's higher educational institutions.

04/20/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 17, 2015
04/17/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights
Graciella Balderrama-Acevedo, 53, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison and $90,000 in restitution to Samsung. Balderrama is a Mexican citizen and is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison.
04/17/2015
Alexandria, VA
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Victor Galdamez Torres, 30, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to illegally re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony.
04/17/2015
Tampa, FL
Child Exploitation
According to court documents, from at least December 2012 through his arrest May 1, 2014, Melvin Barber Bridgers III, 34, of Tarpon Springs, formerly of Greenville, North Carolina, used multiple Facebook accounts to pose as a young teenage girl and befriend other girls between the ages of 10 and 16 years old.
04/16/2015
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Gustavo Villegas, 28, of Laredo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham to 27 months in prison, which is to be followed by two years of supervised release. Villegas was arrested Oct. 23, 2014.
04/16/2015
Kansas City, MO
Child Exploitation
Eric Lee Bederson, 37, formerly an inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California, was sentenced to 42 years in federal prison, without parole, on two child pornography convictions.
04/16/2015
El Paso, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Jose Alfredo Leyja-Celestino, 33, was handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials at El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge Port of Entry. Leyja-Celestino is wanted for the 2014 attempted murder of Marcos Feliciano Ramirez Chon, who was beaten, stabbed and shot. Leyja-Celestino is one of three men Mexican authorities identified as suspects in the case.
04/16/2015
Detroit, MI
Contraband
As part of the sentencing, Jason Floarea also forfeited his interest in approximately $1,000,000 in seized funds and assets and was ordered to pay a $120,000 forfeiture money judgment. In addition, Floarea will be under the supervision of the court for a period of 24 months following his release.
04/16/2015
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Intellectual Property Rights

In a collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two agencies hosted Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement training in Kuwait the week of March 22.

04/16/2015
San Juan, PR
Operational
HSI San Juan Assistant Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Special Agent Alek Pacheco and Public Affairs Officer Ivan L. Ortiz-Delgado were both promoted to the rank of captain.
04/15/2015
Columbus, OH
Enforcement and Removal
Oscar Antonio Pena-Sanchez, 37, of Tampico, Mexico, was encountered by an Ohio State Patrol trooper April 6. During the encounter Pena-Sanchez presented the trooper with a fraudulent New Jersey driver's license, issued in another person's name.
04/15/2015
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Gomar-Castro, 26, and Willfredys Castro-Villalobos, 33, were flown to El Salvador April 15 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, both were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
04/15/2015
Madrid, Spain
Enforcement and Removal
Fiordaliza Gomez Heredia, 40, was turned over to Spanish law enforcement upon her arrival at Madrid-Barajas airport in Madrid, Spain. According to Spanish police authorities, a drug trafficking investigation that began in 2006 led to the execution of a search warrant May 5, 2007, at Heredia’s home.
04/15/2015
Sacramento, CA
Contraband
Harminder Phagura, 35, an officer with the Yuba City Police Department, and Gursharan Phagura, 39, of Yuba City and Roseville, were arrested based on a criminal complaint accusing them of conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; and use of a communication facility in narcotics trafficking activity.
04/15/2015
Sydney, Australia
Child Exploitation
Other members of the VGT represented on the board of management include: Australian Federal Police, National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (United Kingdom), Columbian National Police, Dutch National Police, Europol, Indonesian National Police, Interpol, Italian Postal and Communication Police Service, Korean National Police Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, New Zealand Police and the Cybercrime Coordination Unit Switzerland.
04/15/2015
Lubbock, TX
Child Exploitation
Robert Lawrence Noll, 40, of Brownwood, Texas, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be set at a later date.
04/15/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Saud Saleh, 30, was charged by indictment, with wire fraud and associated charges against the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the federal food stamp program. The defendant owned and operated Twinz Meat Market, at 3083 Kensington Ave. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
04/14/2015
Orlando, FL
Financial Crimes
Pedro "Pete" Benevides, 45, of Astatula, forfeited property including several bank accounts containing approximately $40 million in cash and two exotic sports cars: a 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago and a 2009 Audi R8.
04/13/2015
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
On April 7 and 8, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 18 illegal aliens working under false identities at various oil refineries, industrial plants and shipyards in the Texas counties of Jefferson, Galveston and Liberty.
04/13/2015
Shreveport, LA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Otoniel Galindo Vasquez-Lopez, 29, of Bossier City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in Phoenix to more than 14 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role as the leader of an Arizona-based alien smuggling organization that illegally moved hundreds of aliens across the southern border into Arizona and then transferred them throughout the Southeast to multiple cities in Tennessee.
04/13/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 10, 2015
04/13/2015
Laredo, TX
Contraband
Andres Villarreal-Parades, 28, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was set to begin trial Thursday, but he opted to plead guilty to the charges Wednesday.
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