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week of May 13, 2022

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“The atrocity of Oscar Armando Sorto Romero’s crimes was reflected in the severity of his sentence. HSI Baltimore will continue to work to protect the law-abiding citizens of Maryland from notorious criminal elements like MS-13.” -- ICE HSI Baltimore Acting Special Agent in Charge Selwyn Smith

HSI Baltimore-led investigation lands MS-13 gang member in federal prison for life 

An investigation headed by the ICE HSI Baltimore resulted in a life sentence for a notorious gang member for a racketeering conspiracy involving two murders.  Oscar Armando Sorto Romero, 23, was sentenced to serve life in federal prison for the racketeering conspiracy and for racketeering, as well as related violent crimes in aid of racketeering, including two murders, connected to his participation in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13. Keep reading.

Mexican nationals detained two undocumented noncitizens in order and said they would be held until $8,000 per person was paid in cash. The undocumented noncitizens were released after payment was made at a store parking lot.

HSI Tucson investigation leads to 2 men charged with hostage taking, transportation of migrants, firearms offenses

A federal grand jury in Tucson returned an eight-count indictment against two men for conspiracy to commit hostage-taking, hostage-taking, conspiracy to commit transportation of illegal aliens for profit, transportation of illegal aliens for profit and prohibited possessors of firearms and ammunition. The charges were brought out of an investigation led by ICE HSI. Keep reading.

"After careful assessment of national trends...I am pleased to announce this phased return to social visitation." -- ICE Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Corey A. Price

ICE announces updated phased return to social visitation at detention facilities

ICE ERO has initiated an updated phased return to social visitation in its detention facilities consistent with federal, state and local guidelines. This implementation is a collaborative effort between individual facilities and local field offices nationwide. Keep reading.

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Updated: 05/16/2022