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09/04/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
Personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection gathered this week to receive key training in the prevention of textile trade fraud that threatens the U.S. economy, restricts the competitiveness of U.S. industry and endangers the health and safety of the American public.
09/04/2015
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs
Alexsi Lopez, 27, was convicted by a federal jury April 9, 2015. Lopez was associated with the MS-13 gang and knew his co-defendant, Ramon Miguel Cerros-Cruz through MS-13. Evidence showed that Lopez and Cerros-Cruz familiarized themselves with the location and operation of brothels in the Hyattsville-Langley Park area of Prince George’s County, then planned the robbery of a Hyattsville brothel apartment.
09/03/2015
San Antonio, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Linda A. Perez, 47, is charged by a federal grand jury indictment that was returned Sept. 3 with falsifying an identification document and four counts of using an interstate wire facility to aid an unlawful activity.
09/03/2015
Denver, CO
Narcotics
The warrants resulted from a large multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal growth and distribution of marijuana. As a result of the search warrants, over 1,000 marijuana plants were found, as were about 50 pounds of dried marijuana, 28 firearms (13 rifles, eight shotguns and seven handguns), and more than $25,000 in cash.
09/03/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
Nelson Santiago-Colon, 49, former pastor of the Peniel Christian Church located in Santa Isabel, was sentenced to 40 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release. Hilton Rios-Rivera, 51, of San Sebastian, was sentenced to 18 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release. Roberto Quiles-Ayala, of Cidra, was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
09/03/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Columbus, Ohio Special Agent Cameron Bryant, many of the same threats that children face during their summer vacations remain as schools get back in session.
09/03/2015
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
9 percent increase in international students, 32 percent increase in students from India since 2014
09/03/2015
Cleveland, OH
Human Rights Violators
Slobodan Mutic, 52, of Barberton, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly and willingly possessing a former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Form I-94, knowing it to be forged, counterfeited, altered, falsely made or to be have been procured by means of a false claim or statement.
09/03/2015
McAllen, TX
Child Exploitation
Ruben James Rios, from San Juan, Texas, who remains in custody, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.
09/03/2015
Beaumont, TX
Child Exploitation
Keith Dwayne Marks Jr., 20, pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to producing child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn. Marks was indicted by a federal grand jury June 4.
09/02/2015
Washington, DC
Contraband
On Monday, MPD detectives with assistance from HSI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents arrested Siraj Issa, 33, of Northwest, DC, and Yenework Abera, 41, of Alexandria, Virginia, in Northwest, DC. They have been charged with possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.
09/02/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Enforcement and Removal
Kyuseop Maeng, 50, was transported from Los Angeles to South Korea on board a commercial aircraft escorted by officers from ICE ERO. Maeng is charged with fraud in a criminal warrant issued in January 2011 by Korean authorities. Specifically, the warrant alleges that, during a one-month period beginning in November 2010, Maeng embezzled the equivalent of $3.5 million from investors in his trading company before fleeing to the U.S.
09/02/2015
McAllen, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Victor Manuel Moreno-Ruiz, 31, also admitted that during the course of the illegal conduct, a female illegal alien died.
09/02/2015
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen, sentenced Jose Alfredo Lopez, 34, from Laredo, Sept. 2 to 50 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Lopez pleaded guilty to the charges Oct. 6, 2014.
09/01/2015
Albany, NY
Financial Crimes
The man, in his late 80s, received information in the fall of 2013, that stated he had won a lottery prize. He was later contacted by a man who told him he owed taxes and other expenses ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 to receive his prize. The fraudsters cheated him out of nearly $150,000 before his son reported the scam to law enforcement.
09/01/2015
El Paso, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Isaias Perez-Pineda, 43, was turned over to Mexican authorities at the top of El Paso’s Stanton International Bridge. Perez-Pineda is a suspect in the 1995 homicide of Juventino Rojas Sanchez, 33, in Mexico’s capital.
09/01/2015
Washington, DC
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
“This operation was the direct result of the partnerships we’ve built and we will continue working to reinforce and grow these partnerships,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña.
09/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
According to court records, Luz Zoraida Rojas-Delgado, 32, established communication with an individual to request assistance to smuggle a friend from Antigua to Puerto Rico. The criminal complaint also alleges that she engaged in communications with other people in an attempt to make a deal for the venture but did not agree with the price of $3,000 established by the alleged smuggler.
09/01/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Contraband
Called Operation Cyber Juice, the nationwide enforcement effort, which involved more than 30 U.S. investigations in 20 states, resulted in 90 arrests. Additionally, investigators seized 16 underground steroid labs; 134,000 doses of steroids; 636 kilograms of raw steroid powder; 8,200 liters of raw steroid injectable liquid; and more than $2 million in cash and assets.
09/01/2015
Las Vegas, NV
Enforcement and Removal
Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002.
09/01/2015
Miami, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, Ronet Blanc, 24, and Renet Blanc, 20, were involved in a scheme that used the stolen identities of Michigan and Florida residents to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in both of those states.
08/31/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Enforcement and Removal
All 244 of the foreign nationals taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers during the enforcement action, which concluded Thursday, had prior criminal convictions. The majority (56 percent) had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and drug violations. The remaining arrestees had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.
08/31/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending August 28, 2015

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