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06/29/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
This new guidance is the result of a six-month agency Working Group that examined these issues with subject matter experts, sought input from transgender individuals, and visited various non-federal facilities across the country to observe best practices.
06/29/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 26, 2015
06/29/2015
Fayetteville, AR
Child Exploitation
Steven Lesmeister, 38, of Harrison, was indicted June 4 on three federal felony charges for sending unprovoked lewd messages and videos to juvenile females in Virginia, New York and North Carolina in September 2014.
06/26/2015
London, United Kingdom
Child Exploitation
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña and U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA) Director General Keith Bristow officially signed an agreement June 25 in London to provide information on the travel of convicted child sex offenders between the two countries.
06/26/2015
El Paso, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Emanuel Lockhart, 24, was sentenced June 26 by U.S. District Judge Philip R. Martinez to 240 months in prison for sex trafficking, a $2,500 fine and supervised release for 10 years after he completes his prison term.
06/26/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., Special Agent in Charge Clark Settles as the 2015 World Police and Fire Games federal coordinator. Settles is charged with overseeing the safety and security of the event.
06/26/2015
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Enforcement and Removal
In less than one week, ERO and Interpol Guatemala identified three men – Marcos Najera Perez, Roberto Agustin Mendoza and Hugo Jose Eguizabal Garcia – wanted by Guatemalan authorities for separate incidents involving aggravated rape, domestic violence, criminal threats and homicide.
06/26/2015
Fort Worth, TX
Child Exploitation
Jonathan Daniel Kutej, 34, from Tolar, Texas, was convicted in November 2014 on two counts of producing child pornography.
06/25/2015
Washington, DC
Human Rights Violators
These departments collaborated to develop the ACTeam Initiative to streamline rapidly expanding human trafficking enforcement efforts, focusing on forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking of adults by force, fraud and coercion.
06/25/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
According to the criminal complaint, William Vergara-Alamo, 21, began text messaging with a 14-year-old girl, identified as Jane Doe, after she mistakenly called his cellphone. Within approximately two weeks of communicating with her, Vergara-Alamo asked Jane Doe to send him photographs of her and eventually, he started requesting sexually explicit photos.
06/25/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
On Oct. 30, 2014, HSI special agents received information from Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) Arecibo Sexual Crimes Division regarding Edgar E. Nieves-Hernandez, 40. According to the information, Nieves-Hernandez was in possession of sexually explicit images of a child 6 years old.
06/24/2015
Frankfurt, Germany
Enforcement and Removal
Jurgen and Bernhard Striegel were transferred into the custody of the German Federal Police upon their arrival in Germany June 17. According to an Interpol arrest warrant, both men participated in a vehicle fraud scheme that defrauded several banks out of approximately $2.76 million in U.S. currency.
06/24/2015
Atlanta, GA
Enforcement and Removal
The arrests, made from June 14 through June 18, were made in metropolitan Atlanta, in the Augusta area and in northwest Georgia. Of the 60 taken into custody by ERO, 17 met the agency’s highest priority level due to felony convictions or participation in a criminal street gang. An additional 43 arrestees met the second level of priorities for enforcement due to serious or multiple misdemeanor convictions.
06/24/2015
San Francisco, CA
Child Exploitation
Keith Monroe Wallace, 53, of Eureka, entered his plea in federal court. Wallace admitted he knowingly possessed 600 or more images of prepubescent minors or minors under 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The images included depictions of sadistic or masochistic conduct and other depictions of violence.
06/24/2015
Missoula, MT
Child Exploitation
Tony Gustafson, 48, of Hastings, Nebraska, is also required to forfeit his computer, hard drives, a USB device, and 30 VHS tapes that were involved in the crime.
06/23/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
Representatives from U.S. and Chinese customs agencies strengthened relations Tuesday by signing an agreement to work together to combat violators of intellectual property rights law.
06/23/2015
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs
Noe Machado-Erazo, aka “Gallo,” 32, of Wheaton, Maryland, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. Jose Martinez-Amaya, 28, aka “Crimen,” of Brentwood, Maryland, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. Yester Ayala, 24, aka “Freeway” or “Daddy Yankee,” of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
06/23/2015
Boston, MA
Enforcement and Removal
Adilson Pires Ribeiro and Wagner Gregorio De Souza were transferred into the custody of the Brazilian Federal Police once they arrived in Brazil the morning of June 17.
06/22/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending June 19, 2015
06/22/2015
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) identified a potential vulnerability in which DMV employees exploit their positions by selling DMV-issued identification documents for financial gain.
06/22/2015
Dallas, TX
Contraband
Nicholas Todd, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 97 months in federal prison. He has been in custody since his arrest in late January 2014 by an HSI task force officer as Freed was attempting to claim a package containing anabolic steroids at the Deep Ellum Postal Center in Dallas.
06/19/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation
Todd Christian Hartman, 32, of Newport Beach, formerly served as a youth counselor for the Vineyard Church in Anaheim.
06/19/2015
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Jilberto Salazar Perez, 38, was escorted to the Juarez Lincoln Port in Laredo, Texas, and turned over to Mexico’s Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) June 19.
06/19/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
HSI special agents arrested Israel Berrios-Berrios May 13, 2014, at his residence in Naranjito following an indictment that charged him with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
06/19/2015
Chicago, IL
Intellectual Property Rights
The enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation Team Player, resulted in the seizure of 4,376 items, including fake jerseys, hats, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs. The $181,215 value is based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the counterfeit NHL merchandise.

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