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07/27/2015
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal
All 27 individuals arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States and fall within ICE’s enforcement priorities. Overall, their convictions include: driving while intoxicated, assault with bodily injury on a family member, purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor, engaging in organized criminal activity, alien smuggling and theft.
07/27/2015
Beaumont, TX
Child Exploitation
Jose Stephen Gracia, 45, from Galveston, Texas, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography July 27 before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Gracia was indicted by a federal grand jury May 7.
07/24/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending July 24, 2015
07/24/2015
Cleveland, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The ancient coins were originally detained in early July during a routine inspection at the Port of Cincinnati cargo facility by CBP officers before the investigation was turned over to HSI. The intended recipient told investigators the coins were of Middle Eastern origin based on information received from an overseas seller.
07/24/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
William Antonio Martinez-Aguilar, 36, was turned over to Mexican Procuraduria General De La Repubilca (PGR) and Interpol officers without incident through the Nogales, DeConcini Port of Entry in Arizona on July 21 about 3 p.m.
07/23/2015
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
On July 17, officers removed Alexander Mendoza-Hernandez to El Salvador, where he was wanted for extortion. In a separate case, Cesar David Rodriguez Lopez, of Guatemala, was wanted by Guatemalan authorities on three criminal warrants for charges involving embezzlement, fraud and forged documents.
07/23/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Financial Crimes
Kim Meas, 60, a native of Cambodia, pleaded guilty November 24, 2014, to two counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, two counts of transporting illegal aliens and two counts of failure to collect and pay federal income and employment taxes.
07/23/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Operational

On Saturday, July 25, approximately 6,500 athletes from 165 nations around the world descended upon Los Angeles, California, for the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

07/23/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation
Justin Ryan Serna, 28, of Corpus Christi, was taken into custody July 23 and is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Ellington the same day.
07/22/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
Lucio Quiroz-Beltran, 41, was transferred by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers to the custody of representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office at the Nogales-Grand Avenue port of entry. Quiroz is charged in an arrest warrant issued in November 2014 with a homicide committed in Sinaloa, Mexico, in April 2014.
07/22/2015
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Eighty-two convicted criminal aliens were arrested during a five-day enforcement action which ended Friday and was conducted by officers with ICE ERO in the Houston area.
07/22/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
The expanded center will provide ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with enhanced operational and training capabilities in order to meet the growing cyber mission of the agency and increasing workload of criminal cases with a cyber-nexus.
07/22/2015
Mexico City, Mexico
Intellectual Property Rights
The conference was hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Mexico City, the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT).
07/22/2015
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Enforcement and Removal
Walter Guillermo Reyes, 42, 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 Guatemala’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
07/21/2015
Pretoria, South Africa
Contraband
Illegal wildlife trade has reached alarming levels globally. The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos report that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes and one rhino is killed every nine to 11 hours. Each year, more than 35,000 elephants are killed for their ivory tusks and more than 1,000 rhinos are killed for their horns. Experts predict that if the mass slaughter continues, these beautiful creatures will soon become extinct.
07/21/2015
Wichita Falls, TX
Child Exploitation
Ryan Anthony Winner of Olney, Texas, 33, was arrested July 20 and made his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Wichita Falls, Texas, where U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach ordered that he remain in federal custody pending a probable cause and detention hearing set for July 28.
07/20/2015
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Enforcement and Removal
Yoeldis Melian-Mastrapa, 29, is the latest removal among eight Cuban nationals implicated in a human trafficking ring that allegedly operated in Ecuador. The ring was discovered in December 2013 as a result of a joint investigation between ICE HSI Attaché Office in Ecuador and the Ecuadorian government.
07/20/2015
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition & Explosives
On Friday, June 19, 20 special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Special Response Teams (SRT) completed the agency’s first Protective Security Operations Training Program (PSOTP).
07/20/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending July 17, 2015
07/17/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics
Edwin Fernandez, 37, was bringing dozens of kilos of cocaine into United States via Philadelphia International Airport from the Dominican Republic. About 70 kilograms of cocaine in Philadelphia and the Dominican Republic was intercepted during the seizure and investigation.
07/16/2015
New Bern, NC
Child Exploitation
William Akers, 46, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) hours after law enforcement made a public appeal to identify a man seen in a video sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. The case was investigated by HSI, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department.
07/15/2015
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
Luis Ramon Casellas, 42, of Canovanas, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille L. Velez-Rive of the District of Puerto Rico to three counts of bulk cash smuggling and one count of theft of government property. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo of the District of Puerto Rico will be scheduled at a later date.
07/15/2015
Dallas, TX
Contraband
Members of one conspiracy allegedly transported, or assisted in transporting, a substance represented to be cocaine on flights from DFW airport

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