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04/27/2015
Houston, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Homero Gonzalez-Carranza, 30, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty to being a boss for transporting illegal aliens from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston from January 2007 until January 2015. Illegal aliens were harbored at stash houses in Houston until being transported to their final destinations throughout the United States. During the conspiracy, illegal aliens suffered injuries during transport, such as during high-speed chases and vehicles crashes.
04/27/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
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04/27/2015
Pensacola, FL
Child Exploitation
Counts one and two of the indictment allege that, between October 2014 and January 2015, Kandel Markie Whiting, 35, of Pensacola, knowingly received and distributed images and videos of child pornography. Count three alleges that, on or about March 24, 2015, Whiting knowingly possessed child pornography involving a prepubescent minor and a minor younger than 12.
04/24/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation
Marshall MacDonald, 20, who pleaded guilty in March to state child sexual exploitation charges, first fell under suspicion in August 2013 when HSI began investigating an Internet user who hosted an international file sharing website. The website user claimed to have images of what appeared to be a woman using the bathroom and boasted the pictures were taken with a spy camera.
04/24/2015
San Salvador, El Salvador
Enforcement and Removal
Edwin Alexander Cruz Canas was charged with aggravated homicide for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 16, 2011 murder of a Jose Erick Martinez de La O. According to an Interpol warrant, Cruz Canas was present when an accomplice allegedly shot and killed Martinez de La O.
04/24/2015
Orlando, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Jaime Tovar-Montoya, aka Jimmy Diaz Tovar, 57, of Colombia, South America, applied for and received a Florida identification card in 2010, claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and using the name and birth certificate of a resident of Puerto Rico.
04/24/2015
Alexandria, VA
Child Exploitation
According to court documents, Patrick Joseph Friedel, 29, of Arlington, met five young teenagers online and exchanged sexually explicit images with them. Friedel persuaded the teenagers to send him these images by sending them depictions of other minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
04/24/2015
Puebla, Mexico
Financial Crimes
The conference, which was the fourth of its kind, was hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Mexico and the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training (OPDAT).
04/24/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
Victor Arreola-Portillo, 39, was handed over April 23 to Mexican authorities near Brownsville, Texas, to face charges for allegedly killing his wife’s lover.
04/24/2015
New Orleans, LA
Enforcement and Removal
Mario Arredondo-Ramos, 33, was ordered removed by an immigration judge March 4 after he was arrested by New Orleans ERO officers in May 2014. Mexican authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of Arredondo-Ramos in July 2013 charging him with aggravated kidnapping.
04/24/2015
Orlando, FL
Child Exploitation
In addition, Jonathan Tyler Prive, 26, of West Melbourne, was ordered to serve a life term of supervision, and to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
04/23/2015
Brownsville, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Funez-Ochoa, 30, was apprehended March 15, 2015, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas. The next day, he was transferred to ICE custody and taken to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Port Isabel, Texas.
04/23/2015
Miami, FL
Child Exploitation
In September 2014, HSI’s attaché office in Colombia received information that Dennis De Jesus, 46, of Ft. Lauderdale, intended to travel the following month from Florida to Colombia in order to engage in sexual activity with minors.
04/23/2015
Del Rio, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
As a result of the April 23 verdict, Eduardo Rocha Sr., aka “Lalo,” 44, faces the following possible sentence: up to 20 years in prison each for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens involving serious bodily injury and conspiracy to transport illegal aliens involving serious bodily injury; up to 20 years in prison on each of three separate counts of harboring an illegal alien involving serious bodily injury; and up to life in prison on each of two counts of conspiracy to commit hostage taking.
04/23/2015
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Edwin Obdulio Milian Garcia, Maria Cecilia Ponce and Magaly Guzman Godoy allegedly ran a human smuggling and trafficking ring that charged would-be Central American “customers” the equivalent of anywhere between $7,000 and $10,000 in U.S. currency.
04/23/2015
Madison, WI
Financial Crimes
Sally Iriri, 32, a Nigerian national who was living in Chicago, is charged in a three-count indictment with wire fraud. The indictment alleges that from October 2013 to March 2015 she and others not named in the indictment devised a fraud scheme in which they targeted victims by creating fake profiles on Internet dating services.
04/23/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On May 9, 2013, Orlando Peña-Lopez, of Fajardo, was arrested after an HSI investigation revealed that he allegedly attempted to entice one of his sixth grade students.
04/22/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
On Sept. 8, 2009, HSI New York recovered the nesting sarcophagus from a garage in Brooklyn, New York. One year later, on Sept. 24, 2010, following leads from the Brooklyn case, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized a shipment of smuggled Egyptian goods, including a funerary boat model and figurines.
04/22/2015
Newport News, VA
Contraband
According to court documents and court proceedings, Nader Abdallah, age 54, and Sharif Abdallah, age 31, both of Newport News, were arrested for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, distribution of controlled substances and controlled substance analogues (also known as Spice), and making a false statement.
04/22/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
As ICE’s Collection Manager Section Chief, Mr. Avery was honored as a result of his expert management and leadership of HSI’s Office of Intelligence’s requirements process.
04/22/2015
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation
Bruce H. Niggemann, 65, of West Dundee, Illinois, was indicted April 16 on one count of receiving and one count of possessing child pornography, all via computer. The indictment was under seal until Niggemann’s arrest Wednesday morning. He was arraigned April 22 in U.S. District Court before Charles R. Judge Norgle Sr.
04/22/2015
Brasilia, Brazil
Enforcement and Removal
Farley Afonson Figueiredo, of Brazil, was arrested in North Charleston, South Carolina, Jan. 26, 2015 following a joint ERO and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operation dubbed "Nowhere to Run." ERO officers and HSI special agents worked closely with the HSI Brasilia Attaché Office and Interpol to track him down.
04/22/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation
Sylvestre Reyes Jr., 40, was sentenced April 22 to 290 months in federal prison and must also register as a sex offender. Additionally, he will be on supervised release for the remainder of his life. Reyes pleaded guilty to the charges in February.
04/21/2015
San Juan, PR
Operational
HSI San Juan’s Law Enforcement Exploring Post 800 was established Sept. 11, 2013, under the by-laws of the Boys Scout of America and its Learning-for-Life program. Post 800 is now composed of 59 young men and women between the ages of 14 to 21.
04/21/2015
Seattle, WA
Contraband
Drug activity associated with the organization occurred over a wide geographic area with drug sales occurring at homes and near businesses in Seattle, Renton, Shoreline and Kent, including the Viet Wah supermarket near South Jackson Street and the parking lot of Dick’s Drive-In restaurant on NE 45th Street.
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