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06/03/2015
Detroit, MI
Contraband
In October 2013, Khaophone Sychantha, 32, aka Kao, whose last known residence was Lakeshore, Ontario, was charged in a four-count federal indictment with distribution of a controlled substance following an ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe.
06/03/2015
Huntsville, AL
Child Exploitation
Matthew C. Harbin, 29, of Arab, Alabama, was arrested Tuesday in Cameron County, Texas, while living under an assumed identity.
06/02/2015
Louisville, KY
Child Exploitation
Patrick Newman, 33, appeared June 2 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin. He is charged with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old male (“John Doe”) using the social media applications VINE and KIK. Newman illegally used a means or facility of interstate commerce to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce John Doe to engage in sex.
06/02/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
Hector Diaz-Luciano, 44, of Yauco, and Juan Ortiz-Rios, 37, of Gurabo, were arrested Friday and Monday, respectively, following an HSI investigation that revealed they used a peer-to-peer (P2P) network to download sexually explicit images and videos depicting child pornography.
06/01/2015
Dallas, TX
Financial Crimes
Latonya Lanette Carson, 41, Ricardo Garth Solomon, 49, and Smith Olsola Akin, 32, made their initial appearances in federal court and each remains in custody. A detention hearing is set for June 1 for Carson. Another defendant, Segun Edomwonyi, aka “Benny O. Prince,” 49, is still at large.
06/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Financial Crimes
The charges stem from schemes used by Alejandro Mayendia-Blanco, Orlando Mayendia-Diaz and Nell Blanco-Casasnovas to obtain money from mortgage lending institutions.
06/01/2015
Newark, NJ
Child Exploitation
Justin Kinney, 26, of Newark, pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography. Kinney was previously arrested and charged by federal complaint on April 20, 2014.
06/01/2015
Newark, NJ
Child Exploitation
Patrick T. Deck, 54, of Watchung, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 16, 2014, to two counts of transportation of child pornography.
06/01/2015
Trenton, NJ
Narcotics
Luke Atwell, 34, of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Christopher Castelluzzo, 30, of Bayonne, New Jersey, were convicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute methylone, cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana.
06/01/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
McMahon and Perez were in Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. The two were presented a token of appreciation for their service by HSI Deputy Executive Associate Director Derek Benner at ICE headquarters. As HSI National Honor Guard members, in addition to honoring the fallen, they have represented the agency at formal events and ceremonies often at a moment’s notice, leaving lifelong impressions on families and loved ones during their difficult time.
06/01/2015
San Antonio, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Hassan Salem H. M. Al Homoud and his wife, Zainab Al Hosani, and their two children, live in San Antonio while Al Homoud is attending military training at Camp Bullis, according to a federal criminal complaint filed June 1. Camp Bullis is a training facility located at Joint Base San Antonio.
06/01/2015
New York, NY
Narcotics
Orlando Rosario-Concepcion, 28, of Paterson, New Jersey, is accused of heading the Bronx and Washington Heights-based drug trafficking organization that supplied local dealers in New York City, upstate counties and Long Island. Jonathan Almonte, 27, Rodolofo Abreu-Crisotomo, 31, Jean Carlos Rosario-Ortiz, 28, Deckson Holguin-Rosario, 28 all from New York, New York are accused of overseeing an alleged heroin packaging mill.
05/29/2015
Tacoma, WA
Child Exploitation
Caleb Dean Eccles, 32, of Lake Tapps, faces a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.
05/29/2015
Asheville, NC
Child Exploitation
U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Patrick Ronald Silva, 44, of Burnsville, to more than 21 years in prison on production of child pornography charges. Judge Reidinger also sentenced Robert George Ross Thursday on child pornography charges.
05/29/2015
San Salvador, El Salvador
Enforcement and Removal
Gerson Adiel Segovia Alvarado and Nilson De Jesus Lozano Hernandez were transferred into Interpol custody immediately following their arrival in San Salvador, El Salvador.
05/29/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
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05/28/2015
Chicago, IL
Contraband
Cornelis Jan Slomp, 23, of Woerden, the Netherlands, previously pleaded guilty in April 2014 to conspiracy to import and distribute various controlled substances worldwide. Slomp was also ordered to forfeit $3,030,000 in illegal drug proceeds from his criminal enterprise.
05/28/2015
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
When Carlos Poysky merged his passion for kiteboarding with his desire to serve America’s veterans, Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors (WS4WW) took flight.
05/28/2015
Rome, Italy
Operational
The ceremony was held in coordination with the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale (TPC), Italy’s cultural property investigative unit, and recognized the collaborative and investigative work by HSI special agents, TPC investigators, prosecutors from various United States Attorney’s Offices and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to return stolen cultural artifacts.
05/28/2015
Pittsburgh, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The 35-count indictment, returned on May 21, and unsealed today, names the following 12 individuals as defendants: Han Tong, Xi Fu, Xiaojin Guo, Yudong Zhang, Yue Zou, Biyuan Li (aka “Jack Li”), Jia Song, Ning Wei, Gong Zhang, Songling Peng, Siyuan Zhao and Yunlin Sun. The identities of the three additional defendants remain under seal.
05/28/2015
Sacramento, CA
Child Exploitation
Eric Worrell, 57, of Rancho Cordova, has been in federal custody since his arrest March 19. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh F. Sigal is prosecuting the case.
05/27/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Financial Crimes
Kenneth Kapikian, 57, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and Dennis Gagliardi, 60, of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, were each charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
05/27/2015
McAllen, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Martin Margarito-Casimiro, 28, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty to kidnapping on May 27.
05/27/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
Dozens of ERO officers participated in the operation from May 17 to 21 that focused on the arrests of public safety threats. Those arrested are from all over the world and have a wide-array of criminal convictions – many have committed multiple offenses.
05/27/2015
Bridgeport, CT
Child Exploitation
Miguel Torres, 45, of Waterbury, Connecticut, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport for enticing a minor. According to court documents and statements made in court, Torres met a minor female at the church they both attended.
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