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07/02/2015
Houston, TX
Transnational Gangs
Aldo Teyes-Sanchez, 32, from El Salvador, and Antonio Rivas-Vargas, 31, from Mexico, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine Aug. 30, 2013, and Sept. 5, 2014, respectively.
07/02/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
William Y. Maldonado, 36, of Peñuelas, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years and eight months in prison by U.S. District Judge Jose A. Fuste. In addition to the prison term, Fuste also sentenced Maldonado-Rivera to a 10-year period of supervised release.
07/02/2015
Baltimore, MD
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kamran Ashfaq Malik, 35, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland Monday to two years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for unlawfully exporting semi-automatic rifles, parts and accessories to Pakistan.
07/02/2015
Miami, FL
Enforcement and Removal
Gabriel Collado-Rodriguez, 40, was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice when he was arrested June 2 as part of a nationwide roundup of foreign fugitives residing in the United States by ERO and the U.S. Marshals Service.
07/02/2015
Brasilia, Brazil
Operational
ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and Maria Alice Nascimento Souza, director of the PRF, signed the bilateral agreement on behalf of both agencies. The declaration focuses on bilateral work to combat transnational criminal organizations operating in Brazil with a nexus to the United States.
07/01/2015
Las Vegas, NV
Enforcement and Removal
Those arrested include: a 43-year-old previously deported Mexican national whose list of criminal history includes convictions for child molestation, and a DUI resulting in death; a 20-year old legal permanent resident from Mexico with a conviction for drug trafficking; and a previously deported 49-year old Mexican national convicted of possessing of stolen mail.
07/01/2015
Buffalo, NY
Operational
Personnel from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) were among the more than 1,200 law enforcement officials working together during the manhunt that began on June 6 and spread approximately 50 miles west of the prison.
07/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On Dec. 2, 2014, HSI special agents arrested Edwin J. Santiago-Rivera, 26, a former member of the Puerto Rico National Guard, at his residence in the municipality of Villalba. The arrest spurred from information from the Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) Sex Crimes Division in Ponce regarding the transportation by Santiago-Rivera of a 14-year-old girl with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
07/01/2015
New Orleans, LA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Kanubhai Patel, AKA, Mr. Kenny, and Pop, 74, of Kenner, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of benefiting financially from trafficking in persons.
07/01/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
HSI special agents have tracked multiple false provenances provided by Subhash Kapoor, the owner of Art of the Past Gallery, who has been implicated in the HSI probe dubbed Operation Hidden Idol.
07/01/2015
Roanoke, VA
Financial Crimes
Carlos O’Brien Ricketts, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Michael F. Urbanski of the Western District of Virginia to serve 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $74,450 in restitution to his victims.
07/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On March 8, 2014, HSI special agents arrested Randy Charriez-Rolon, 30, at his place of work in Dorado after a preliminary investigation found that he transported an 8-year-old minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
07/01/2015
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation

Summer is here, which means warm weather, outdoor fun and, most importantly, no school for children nationwide.

07/01/2015
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Teresita Zarrabian, 62, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines residing in Des Plaines, Illinois, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison to be followed by one year of supervised release.
07/01/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
Andreina Becerra, 30, a Venezuelan national, and Roberto Volpe, 33, an Italian national, both of Miami; Jianhua Li, 40, a Chinese national and resident of Guangzhou, China; and Rosario La Marca, 52, an Italian national and resident of Italy, were accused in an eight-count indictment of importing and trafficking fake iPhones, iPads and iPods bearing counterfeit Apple trademarks and fake camcorders bearing counterfeit Sony trademarks, as well as smuggling, structuring and international money laundering.
07/01/2015
Beaumont, TX
Child Exploitation
Jonathan Michael Swearingen, 28, of Orange, Texas, pleaded guilty July 1 to possessing child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn.
06/30/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
The World Customs Organization-led (WCO) operation, dubbed FLYAWAY, teamed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
06/30/2015
Naco, AZ
Narcotics
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to three separate seizures totaling more than three tons of marijuana June 23 near the border south of Tucson.
06/30/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Worksite Enforcement
Wen Ping Chen, 30, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and his brother Wen Qiu Chen, 31, of Santa Fe, were also ordered to forfeit a residence located on Aztec Court in Rio Rancho that was used to facilitate the Chens’ criminal conduct. Although the amount of restitution to be paid by the Chen brothers will be determined at a later date, the court noted that the restitution order will be at least $120,000.
06/30/2015
Trenton, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Marijan Cvjeticanin, 50, of St. James, New York, was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud following a one-week trial.
06/30/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics
Casey Lamotte, 30, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was sentenced June 29 to 75 months in prison, which is to be followed by two years of supervised release. Lamotte was one of 29 individuals charged with drug trafficking offenses following a multi-agency investigation targeting drug trafficking in northwestern New Mexico.
06/30/2015
The Hague, Netherlands
Financial Crimes
Officials from more than 25 countries gathered June 18-19 to discuss the use of virtual currencies by criminal organizations to complete illicit transactions and launder ill-gotten gains. The event was co-hosted by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Europol’s Cybercrime Center.
06/30/2015
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
Hardened criminals, such as drug cartel and violent gang members are not always cooperative when arrested, taken into custody and removed from the United States. That’s a situation for the elite special response teams (SRTs) from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to handle.
06/30/2015
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
The arrests, made from June 23 through June 25, were made throughout New Jersey, with multiple arrests in cities such as Lakewood, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton, Cherry Hill, Paterson, Secaucus and Elizabeth. Of the 69 taken into custody by ERO, 51 met the agency’s highest priority level due to felony convictions or participation in a criminal street gang.
06/30/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Intellectual Property Rights
Stephen Voudouris, Sr., 59, from Newtown Square, Yung Chung, 31, from West Chester, and Jaimmy Chun, 30, from Philadelphia are charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Voudouris, Sr. is also charged with smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States.

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