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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
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
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
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.
04/21/2015
Savannah, GA
Child Exploitation
Donnel Cornelius Shavers, 23, of Waycross, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of production of child pornography and the coercion and enticement of a child under the age of 18 to engage in illegal sexual activity.
04/21/2015
Denver, CO
Operational
All four defendants, are scheduled to appear April 21 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe for detention hearings: Daniel Francis, 50, of Colorado Springs; Staff Sergeant Benjamin Thomas Cardwell, 41, of Fort Carson; Sergeant Johnny Dominic Herrera, 29, of Fort Carson; and Todd Crow, 34, of Colorado Springs.
04/21/2015
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
Under current regulations, a business that receives more than $10,000 in a single transaction, or several related transactions, must file Form 8300 with Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury tasked with safeguarding financial systems from illicit use and combating money laundering.
04/20/2015
McAllen, TX
Narcotics
Noel Pena, 29, a Rio Grande City (Texas) Police Department investigator, and Hector Salinas-Hinojosa, 21, of Roma, Texas, were arrested April 17. Both defendants will remain in custody pending a detention hearing set for April 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos.
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.  

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