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04/17/2015
Alexandria, VA
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Victor Galdamez Torres, 30, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to illegally re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony.
04/16/2015
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Gustavo Villegas, 28, of Laredo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham to 27 months in prison, which is to be followed by two years of supervised release. Villegas was arrested Oct. 23, 2014.
04/16/2015
Kansas City, MO
Child Exploitation
Eric Lee Bederson, 37, formerly an inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California, was sentenced to 42 years in federal prison, without parole, on two child pornography convictions.
04/16/2015
El Paso, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Jose Alfredo Leyja-Celestino, 33, was handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials at El Paso's Stanton Street Bridge Port of Entry. Leyja-Celestino is wanted for the 2014 attempted murder of Marcos Feliciano Ramirez Chon, who was beaten, stabbed and shot. Leyja-Celestino is one of three men Mexican authorities identified as suspects in the case.
04/16/2015
Detroit, MI
Contraband
As part of the sentencing, Jason Floarea also forfeited his interest in approximately $1,000,000 in seized funds and assets and was ordered to pay a $120,000 forfeiture money judgment. In addition, Floarea will be under the supervision of the court for a period of 24 months following his release.
04/16/2015
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Intellectual Property Rights

In a collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the two agencies hosted Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement training in Kuwait the week of March 22.

04/16/2015
San Juan, PR
Operational
HSI San Juan Assistant Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Special Agent Alek Pacheco and Public Affairs Officer Ivan L. Ortiz-Delgado were both promoted to the rank of captain.
04/15/2015
Columbus, OH
Enforcement and Removal
Oscar Antonio Pena-Sanchez, 37, of Tampico, Mexico, was encountered by an Ohio State Patrol trooper April 6. During the encounter Pena-Sanchez presented the trooper with a fraudulent New Jersey driver's license, issued in another person's name.
04/15/2015
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Gomar-Castro, 26, and Willfredys Castro-Villalobos, 33, were flown to El Salvador April 15 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, both were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
04/15/2015
Madrid, Spain
Enforcement and Removal
Fiordaliza Gomez Heredia, 40, was turned over to Spanish law enforcement upon her arrival at Madrid-Barajas airport in Madrid, Spain. According to Spanish police authorities, a drug trafficking investigation that began in 2006 led to the execution of a search warrant May 5, 2007, at Heredia’s home.
04/15/2015
Sacramento, CA
Contraband
Harminder Phagura, 35, an officer with the Yuba City Police Department, and Gursharan Phagura, 39, of Yuba City and Roseville, were arrested based on a criminal complaint accusing them of conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; and use of a communication facility in narcotics trafficking activity.
04/15/2015
Sydney, Australia
Child Exploitation
Other members of the VGT represented on the board of management include: Australian Federal Police, National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (United Kingdom), Columbian National Police, Dutch National Police, Europol, Indonesian National Police, Interpol, Italian Postal and Communication Police Service, Korean National Police Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, New Zealand Police and the Cybercrime Coordination Unit Switzerland.
04/15/2015
Lubbock, TX
Child Exploitation
Robert Lawrence Noll, 40, of Brownwood, Texas, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be set at a later date.
04/14/2015
Orlando, FL
Financial Crimes
Pedro "Pete" Benevides, 45, of Astatula, forfeited property including several bank accounts containing approximately $40 million in cash and two exotic sports cars: a 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago and a 2009 Audi R8.
04/13/2015
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
On April 7 and 8, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 18 illegal aliens working under false identities at various oil refineries, industrial plants and shipyards in the Texas counties of Jefferson, Galveston and Liberty.
04/13/2015
Shreveport, LA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Otoniel Galindo Vasquez-Lopez, 29, of Bossier City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in Phoenix to more than 14 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role as the leader of an Arizona-based alien smuggling organization that illegally moved hundreds of aliens across the southern border into Arizona and then transferred them throughout the Southeast to multiple cities in Tennessee.
04/13/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
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04/13/2015
Laredo, TX
Contraband
Andres Villarreal-Parades, 28, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was set to begin trial Thursday, but he opted to plead guilty to the charges Wednesday.
04/13/2015
Houston, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Jose Heriberto Lopez, 42, Jose Arenas-Lucero, 51, and Miguel Angel Medina-Ortiz, 37, pleaded guilty in September, October and November 2014, respectively. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore considered relevant conduct for an incident in Oklahoma which involved the death of an alien being transported by Lopez.
04/13/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics
Ernesto Felix, of Sinaloa, Mexico, is one of 29 individuals who were charged in February 2014 with drug trafficking offenses following a multi-agency investigation targeting drug trafficking in northwestern New Mexico. The investigation culminated Feb. 26, 2014 when 26 of the defendants were arrested during a law enforcement operation led by HSI and the HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force.
04/10/2015
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jerry Wang, 34, the former Chief Executive Officer of Herguan University, admitted in court that he had submitted false documents to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
04/10/2015
Lubbock, TX
Child Exploitation
Roberto Garcia, 55, from Lubbock, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 87 months in federal prison. Garcia, who has been on bond, was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 15.
04/10/2015
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
Damion Bryan Barrett, 28, was extradited from Jamaica in February based on charges that he committed fraud as part of an international lottery scheme against elderly victims in the United States.
04/10/2015
Victoria, TX
Child Exploitation
Jason Paul Tijerina, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa to the statutory maximum of 30 years in federal prison, which is to be followed by 25 years of supervised release. Tijerina must also register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2014.
04/10/2015
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Document and Benefit Fraud
Gilder Gustavo Garcia Cuyuch was arrested following the execution of four search warrants in three residences and one travel agency. According to Guatemalan law enforcement, Cuyuch allegedly operated his document fraud business out of a travel agency in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
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