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05/21/2015
Detroit, MI
Operational
On May 13, seven employees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Detroit field office were among 500 people from 23 different organizations recognized at the Detroit’s Federal Executive Board’s 38th annual Federal Employee Recognition Ceremony.
05/21/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
Through the collaborative relationship between the United States and Brazil, ICE and the DPF have made important law enforcement strides.
05/21/2015
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
ERO’s recruits are immersed in real-life scenarios. They diligently search for items well hidden in homes, serve warrants to belligerent and uncooperative actors, find suspects hiding in vehicles, are peppered with every question imaginable as they would be in court and engage in dynamic action and combat shooting.
05/20/2015
Charlotte, NC
Transnational Gangs
Twenty-two of the 37 MS-13 members indicted Wednesday also face other felony charges to include murder, attempted murder, assault and firearms violations. HSI and its law enforcement partners arrested 16 of the indicted gang members early Wednesday morning during a coordinated operation. Five indicted suspects remain at large; another 16 suspects were already in custody on various state charges.
05/20/2015
Fairfax, VA
Enforcement and Removal
ERO Washington’s removal team escorted Alin Tomescu on flights from Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax to Bucharest Otopeni International Airport in Otopeni, Romania. On Tuesday, upon his arrival in Romania, ERO officers turned him over to the custody of Romanian law enforcement authorities.
05/20/2015
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation
The detective determined that Jeremiah Chayse Gardiner, of Mesquite, Texas, uploaded images of child pornography to a social networking application called Tumblr. On April 17, 2014, Mesquite detectives visited West Mesquite High School to speak with Gardiner and execute a search warrant on his cellphone.
05/19/2015
Colchester, VT
Operational
“It made me feel very proud to have our team recognized,” said John Canfield, HSI Tip Line Unit Chief. “Every law enforcement agency was represented at the awards and several dignitaries were in attendance. It was a great day for our agency.”
05/19/2015
Boston, MA
Enforcement and Removal
Christian Starling Aguasvivas, 26, of the Dominican Republic, was arrested without incident outside of his residence in Lawrence, Massachusetts, May 8, by ICE officers and special agents along with Massachusetts State Police.
05/19/2015
New York, NY
Narcotics
Jose A. Mercedes, 46, aka Hippie of Yonkers, New York, and Yenci Cruz Francisco, 19, of the Bronx, New York are accused of operating as a major trafficker and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.
05/19/2015
Newark, NJ
Financial Crimes
Anthony R. Pecoraro, 52, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.
05/19/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Financial Crimes
Stephanie Pyle, 40, was charged Feb. 10 in a 12-count indictment alleging that between January 2010 and May 2014, she used credit cards and account numbers without authorization in the name of a construction company to defraud the company.
05/18/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Operational
Ken Zhiyi Liang, 38, of Irvine, was arrested Friday afternoon by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after accepting $6,000 from the witness in exchange for helping her abscond to China.
05/18/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending May 15, 2015
05/18/2015
Boston, MA
Enforcement and Removal
Evandro Sergio Pais Franca, of Brazil, was convicted in absentia Nov. 5, 2012, after being found guilty of hiring a hitman to kill Maria Aprecida Vieira, the mayor of Nacip Raydan, Brazil. According to court documents, Franca ordered the assassination of Vieira April 5, 2000.
05/18/2015
Fresno, CA
Narcotics
Santos Acevedo Gutierrez, 41, of Shafter, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neil. In addition to the prison term, Judge O’Neil also ordered Acevedo Gutierrez to forfeit $10,123, funds linked to his drug trafficking activities.
05/18/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
Ellen Pierson, a special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, rides to pay tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and the families they leave behind.
05/18/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation
Stanley Dan Reczko III, 50, who resided in the Koreatown District of Los Angeles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. King, who in March found the defendant guilty of producing child pornography while being required to register as a sex offender.
05/15/2015
Glynco, GA
Operational
The students, including 12 law enforcement officers from Guatemala and 12 law enforcement officers from Panama, began their training April 28. They join more than 500 other graduates from 31 previous classes who are making a tremendous difference in their home countries.
05/15/2015
Laredo, TX
Child Exploitation
Daniel Frias Gomez, 23, of Columbus, Iowa, was sentenced May 15 by Senior U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen to 87 months for possession child pornography, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Gomez will also be required to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty Dec. 4, 2013.
05/15/2015
Helena, MT
Child Exploitation
Daniel Brown, 26, of Taylor, South Carolina, was sentenced May 14 to 180 months in prison after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to advertise child pornography. On May 15, 2015, John Merchberger, 48, of Dayton, Maine, was sentenced to 220 months in prison and Marc Edoria, 24, of Elk Grove, California, was sentenced to 180 months in prison.
05/15/2015
Racine, WI
Child Exploitation
Angela S. Gasca, 10, and her siblings Diana K., 8, and Damian G., 2, went missing Feb. 5 and were believed to be endangered. The children were in the company of their mother, Amanda Ibarra Gasca, and Ivan Ruiz. All attempts to locate the children locally were unsuccessful. It was suspected that Gasca and Ruiz fled the United States with the three children to escape authorities and arrest warrants issued for Ruiz related to child abuse charges.
05/15/2015
Indianapolis, IN
Child Exploitation
Randolph Felton, 36, from Noblesville, Indiana, was sentenced May 15 to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography. This is Felton’s second conviction related to child pornography.
05/15/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
Because of the systemic danger posed by counterfeiting and piracy, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated to cost the global economy in excess of $250 billion per year and up to 750,000 American jobs, the IPR Center seeks to engage directly with public and private acquisition professionals to break the steady growth of trade in counterfeit goods.
05/15/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
ABC News 20/20 will feature a high-profile case, May. 15 at 10 p.m. (EST), with which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was heavily involved.
05/15/2015
Merida, Mexico
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Franklin Santa Maria Fajardo, 29, allegedly attempted to smuggle the undocumented individuals into the United States through Mexico. He was spotted in the vicinity of Tapachula, Mexico, driving a passenger van above the legal speed limit.
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