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12/18/2014
Tampa, FL
Firearms, Ammunition & Explosives
According to court documents, Yasser Ahmad Obeid, 20, of St. Petersburg and Lebanon, and his co-defendant, Jordanian citizen Mahmoud Abdel-Ghani Mohammad Assaf, were part of a network of individuals involved in smuggling firearms from the United States to the Middle East by concealing them in vehicles purchased at used car auctions in the central Florida area, and then exporting them overseas.
12/18/2014
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
Michael Richard Lamphere, 56, Glen Ray Millican Jr., 41, both of Houston; and Rebecca Johnson Cropp, 46, of Dallas, were sentenced Thursday to serve respective terms of 240, 120 and 36 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. Earlier this week, William David Maynard, 44, Sammy Keith Shipman, 32, Chad Ray Folmsbee, 32, David Orlando Roberts, 36, Justin Christopher Northrup, 29, all of Houston; Tammy Melissa Wall, 45, of Otto, N.C.; and Benjamin Troy Johnson, 43, of Corpus Christi, were each sentenced to serve respective terms of 262, 188, 140, 135, 130, 72 and 36 months in federal prison.
12/17/2014
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
HSI special agents arrested Julio F. Figueroa-Alvarez after they received a referral from the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Sexual Crimes Division.
12/17/2014
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
Luis Angel Reyes-Torres, 41, was encountered at his residence while HSI special agents were executing a federal search warrant at his address.
12/17/2014
San Francisco, CA
Enforcement and Removal
Luis Eduardo Lopez Silva, 34, was repatriated on board a charter flight coordinated by ERO’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to officials from the El Salvadoran Civilian National Police (PNC). Lopez Silva is wanted in his native country for a murder and attempted murder that occurred March 23, 2012.
12/17/2014
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights
Nine stores and a warehouse owned by Farmacias Caridad were the subject of a seizure order executed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for importing hazardous toys from China for sale in Puerto Rico. The investigation was led by HSI in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
12/17/2014
Portland, OR
Narcotics
Ryan Ahidjou “Bo” Scott, 34, of Lake Oswego, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
12/17/2014
San Salvador, El Salvador
Operational
Jose David Amaya Bonilla allegedly charged smuggling fees, equivalent to up to $9,000 in U.S. currency, to purportedly illegally smuggle individuals into the United States. He allegedly received payments from at least five Salvadoran nationals.
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