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08/24/2016
Miami, FL
Child Exploitation

Daniel Tyler Morgan, 30, of Jupiter, is charged with using the Internet to persuade, induce or entice a child to engage in prohibited sexual activity.

08/23/2016
Las Cruces, NM
Child Exploitation

William Allen Patterson, 34, from Alamogordo, New Mexico, was arrested Aug. 10 on a criminal complaint alleging that he possessed and received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity from 2002 to 2012, and Aug. 10 in Otero County, New Mexico.

08/23/2016
Nashville, TN
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Charles Shearon, 60, of Goodlettsville, Elmer Hill, 69, of Brentwood, Michael Curlett, 49, of Wixom, Michigan, and Arnold See, Jr., 59, of Murfreesboro were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell. Sentences ranged from 13 to 18 months. 

08/23/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Operational

A Salvadoran national from Van Nuys was sentenced Tuesday to 145 months in federal prison after being convicted of using the internet to distribute child pornography. The case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

08/23/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Child Exploitation

A Fort Worth man was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

08/22/2016
Detroit, MI
Operational

“It has been proven, time and again, that a law enforcement community, a police force, a law enforcement organization that looks like the community that they serve builds trust,” said Secretary Johnson. “When I look around this room at all the people who work for DHS, I have tremendous optimism for our future.”

08/22/2016
Miami, FL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego, was convicted June 9 by a federal jury on one count of conspiring to export and cause the export of defense articles without the required license.

08/22/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Financial Crimes

Koren Robert Kechedzian, 25, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Philip S. Guttierez to pay restitution of $114,135 to victim financial institutions that suffered losses when the stolen credit card numbers were used for fraudulent purchases.

08/19/2016
Minneapolis, MN
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Jamal Moore, 33, is currently wanted in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Minnesota on a state charge of promoting prostitution of a minor.

08/19/2016
Bowling Green, KY
Child Exploitation

Leon Lussier is a substitute teacher formerly employed by the Bowling Green School system.  He was sentenced Aug. 19 to 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Greg N. Stivers for possessing and distributing child pornography.

08/19/2016
Kansas City, MO
Child Exploitation

Special Agent James D. Holdman, an HSI special agent based in Springfield, Missouri, was honored at the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Training Seminar in Springfield, Missouri.

08/19/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Financial Crimes

James VanBlaricum, 77, from Colleyville, Texas, made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray, who ordered that he remain in custody pending a detention hearing set for Aug. 23.

08/19/2016
Atlanta, GA
Enforcement and Removal

Melvin Eduardo Ramos, 34, is wanted in his home country for aggravated murder.

08/18/2016
New York, NY
Operational

New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton was the guest speaker Tuesday, Aug. 16, at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s quarterly leadership workshop.

08/18/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Two co-defendants in this case, his father, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, aka “Chuy” and “Juan Ramos,” 60, and his cousin, Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes, 60, also Mexican citizens, were each convicted at trial in May 2016 on one count of interstate stalking and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

08/18/2016
Indianapolis, IN
Child Exploitation

Jerry Boucher, 43, of Avon, Indiana, had his initial appearance before a magistrate judge Aug. 18 and remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

08/18/2016
Abilene, TX
Narcotics

According to documents filed in the case, on Nov. 14, 2015, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the FBI, along with investigators with the Taylor County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, received information that Pascual Jamie Avalos, 34, would be transporting an unknown quantity of methamphetamine from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Abilene, Texas, in a gray 2015 Toyota Avalon.

08/18/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Operational

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) marked the conclusion of a cadet program Wednesday with a graduation ceremony at the U.S. custom house in Philadelphia, PA.

08/17/2016
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal

During the five-day enforcement action, ERO officers apprehended aliens with criminal convictions, in addition to others who fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities. Those arrested had criminal histories with past convictions for rape, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and other serious criminal offenses.

08/17/2016
San Francisco, CA
Worksite Enforcement

Yaowapha Ritdet, 56, of Ukiah, admitted she knowingly hired Thai nationals who were illegally present in the United States to work at her restaurants, Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine and the Walter Café, both located in Ukiah.

08/17/2016
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal

Lubomir Koscak, 30, wanted by Slovakian authorities for robbery, was taken into ICE custody on Jun. 20 as part of operation Project Red II pursuant to an Interpol notice.  Koscak violated the terms of his non-immigrant Visa Waiver admission to the United States by overstaying his admission period and was consequently issued an administrative removal order.

08/17/2016
Bosie, ID
Child Exploitation

Troy A. Paul, 48, admitted viewing images of child pornography on a Russian photo sharing website several times between January and June 2014. Paul further admitted viewing child pornography emailed to him approximately 100 times using the iPhone assigned by his employer.

08/17/2016
Muskogee, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleged that on Dec. 12, 2012, Titus Ombina Aboge, 32, a citizen of the Republic of Kenya, and an alien in the United States, while living in Ada, Oklahoma, falsely and willfully represented himself to be a U.S. citizen on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

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