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12/02/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Jose Luis Cepeda Cortes, 60, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to two life sentences plus 240 months, which will run concurrently. Cepeda Cortes was convicted at trial in May 2016 on one count of interstate stalking, one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one count of tampering with documents or proceedings.

12/01/2016
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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On Sept. 8, 2009, HSI New York recovered a nesting sarcophagus from a garage in Brooklyn, New York. One year later, on Sept. 24, 2010, following leads from the Brooklyn case, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Newark seized a shipment of smuggled Egyptian goods, including a funerary boat model and figurines. 

12/01/2016
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Bekbosun Kydykbaev, aka Bekbolsun Kadyrovich Kydykbaev, 66, departed Dallas under ICE escort Nov. 28 by commercial aircraft and arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Nov. 30, via Chicago and Istanbul, Turkey.

12/01/2016
Washington, DC
Operational
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Every day the women and men of IHSC confront challenging situations on the front lines of immigration enforcement as they compassionately tend to ICE detainee’s medical, dental and mental health needs. The population they work with includes women, children and men with varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities.

12/01/2016
Newark, NJ
Worksite Enforcement

Mohammad Abdul Wahid, 54, of Queens, New York, and Mohammed Iqbal Kabir, 42, of Bronx, New York, are charged by complaint with one count each of conspiracy to commit human trafficking related offenses, conspiracy to harbor undocumented persons for financial gain; and violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

11/30/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

A total of nine defendants were charged in this case, all of whom are members of the Polywood Crips gang in Fort Worth.  Five defendants were charged in the indictment with Nobles:  Chad Johnson, aka “Ocho Hood Fame,” 24, Audry Lane, aka “Spud,” 29, Deon Bonner, aka “Spanish Fly,” 26, Stanley Johnson, aka “Pee Wee,” 24, and Katelyn Michelle Ward, aka “KD,” 24. 

11/30/2016
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Vallabh Prakash, 86, and his son Aditya Prakash, 47, both were arrested at their homes in Mumbai, India.  Each is being charged by Indian authorities with smuggling idols stolen from temples in India.  Originally from Nepal, the Prakash family settled in Mumbai in 1959.

11/30/2016
Riverside, CA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Lawrence Gunn Jr., 32, was taken into custody based on a criminal complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court that charges him with sex trafficking of a child by force, fraud or coercion.

11/30/2016
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics
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Jeffrey Burlingame, 59, was arrested in February 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The complaint alleged that Burlingame committed the crime Feb. 24, 2016, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

11/29/2016
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Julio Cesar Velasquez-Reyes, 25, was flown to El Salvador Nov. 29 and turned over to Salvadoran officials. The El Salvador arrest warrant states that on March 24, 2014, Velasquez-Reyes met with a man named David Eliseo in the area of El Cuco Chirilagua, San Miguel. 

11/29/2016
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Jose Ever Bonilla-Rodriguez, 33, was flown to El Salvador Nov. 29 and turned over to Salvadoran officials. The El Salvador arrest warrant states that on Sept. 25, 2012, Bonilla-Rodriguez was sent to prison for his role in an aggravated robbery. 

11/29/2016
El Paso, TX
Narcotics

Samuel Velasco Gurrola, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. He faces up to life in federal prison when sentenced.

11/29/2016
Corpus Christi, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Marco Antonio Nava Jr., 19, and Joseph Edmond Cleveland, 25, both from El Paso, Texas, admitted they smuggled two illegal aliens through the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. 

11/29/2016
Washington, DC
Operational
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The project was led by Operation Finally Home, an organization that provides mortgage free homes to America’s military heroes, as well as home building firms Miller and Smith and Newland Communities. The groundbreaking for the house begins Nov. 14 and the Goodrich family will move into their new Stafford, Virginia home in March 2017.

11/29/2016
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Claudia Raquel Herrera-Ibarra, 35, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Jonathan James Ruiz, 24, of Laredo, were sentenced to 60 and 84 months imprisonment, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Mariana Garcia Marmolego. 

11/28/2016
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal

A Brazilian national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Nov. 25 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, with a preliminary cause of death identified as cardiac arrest.

11/28/2016
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal

A Guatemalan national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday morning at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center (BCGMC) in Casa Grande after hospital staff were unable to revive her.

11/28/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
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There were roughly 15,000 illegal websites seized and 48,000 erroneous ecommerce links removed over the past year as part of Operation In Our Sites VII, an effort conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, Interpol and members of industry to crackdown on individuals using the Internet to peddle bogus goods and other copyright-protected material that threaten the health and safety of shoppers.

11/23/2016
New York, NY
Child Exploitation

Nicholas Pagliuca, 65, of Mamaroneck, New York, allegedly downloaded hundreds of files containing images and videos of child pornography.

11/23/2016
Providence, RI
Child Exploitation

On June 30, 2015, HSI agents, Providence Police detectives and members of the Human Trafficking Task Force located the victim in Harris’ apartment in Providence and rescued her. Investigators discovered numerous nude photographs of the 17-year-old victim on Harris’ cell phone.

11/23/2016
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights
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In 2015, the number of seizures made nationally due to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations increased 25 percent from the previous year, totaling more than 28,000 seizures with an estimated value of more than $1.3 billion.

11/23/2016
Salt Lake City, UT
Narcotics

Suspect Aaron Michael Shamo admitted to having about $1 million in cash stored in his home safe. Officials also searched a stash location in South Jordan, Utah, as part of this investigation.

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