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08/30/2016
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

During Friday’s operation, defendant Connie Su Moser, aka “Vivian” and “Song Ye Hong,” 63, was arrested at her home in Lewisville, Texas.  Defendant Kum Shugars, 67, was arrested at the Doll House.  Moser is the owner of the Doll House; Shugars is one of the managers.  In addition to the arrests, the Task Force seized about $420,000 from Moser’s home, about $70,000 in her bank accounts, and her 2015 Lexus automobile.

08/30/2016
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Based on data extracted from SEVIS July 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 5.5 percent compared to July 2015. In July, there were 8,673 U.S. schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, about a two percent decrease from the previous year.

08/29/2016
Albuquerque, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Trinidad Gallegos, 47, was arrested in July 2015 on an indictment charging him with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon; he was also charged with being a felon in possessing a firearm and ammunition Aug. 20, 2014, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

08/29/2016
Las Cruces, NM
Narcotics

Juan C. Chavez, 39, will be sentenced to 18 months in prison under the terms of his plea agreement. Co-defendant, David Molinar, 34, also of El Paso, pleaded guilty Aug. 19 in the same case to unlawfully selling drug paraphernalia. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Molinar will be sentenced to 15 months in prison. 

08/26/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

The men have previous convictions for crimes including DUI, aggravated assault, weapons offenses and narcotics manufacturing.

08/26/2016
Monroe, LA
Narcotics

Eduardo Guerrero, 24, was sentenced on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Guerrero also received five years of supervised release.

08/26/2016
Hot Springs, AR
Narcotics

Cedric Easter, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Easter also received three years of supervised release.

08/26/2016
Washington, DC
Operational

These all-volunteer teams comprising HSI special agents and HSI non-law enforcement personnel quickly deploy during natural and manmade disasters, as well as emergency situations, when other federal, local or state agencies request ICE assistance.

08/26/2016
Baltimore, MD
Operational

Kyle Snyder, son of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore special agent Steve Snyder, took home a gold medal in the 97-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history at 20 years old.

08/26/2016
Tulsa, OK
Child Exploitation

Matthew Thomas Chaffin, 32, pleaded guilty to the criminal charges May 16, 2016; he was indicted by a grand jury Jan. 8, 2015.

08/25/2016
Sacramento, CA
Child Exploitation

Michael Ray Robertson’s, 64, pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography March 24. The case was the product of “Operation Sunflower,” a nationwide investigation targeting purveyors of child pornography that began in 2012. The name is based on a case in which a sunflower-shaped highway road sign identified in online images led to the rescue of an 11-year-old girl in Kansas.

08/25/2016
Cleveland, OH
Human Rights Violators

Oliver Dragic, 41, was named in the three-count indictment, charged with one count of possession of a fraudulently obtained green card, attempt to procure naturalization contrary to law and attempt to procure naturalization to which he was not entitled.

08/25/2016
New Orleans, LA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Timothy Jones, 26, of Memphis, Tennessee, was also sentenced to restitution to the victims in the amount of $13,688, a special assessment of $800, and supervised release after the term of imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman.

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.

08/24/2016
New York, NY
Narcotics

Noel Blackman, a Long Island, New York, medical doctor and the former Health Minister of Guyana, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, a highly addictive prescription pain medication.

08/24/2016
Pocatello, ID
Child Exploitation

Erik Rodriguez, 25, admitted to possessing and producing child pornography at his residence in Rupert, Idaho. Rodriguez’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

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
Oakland, CA
Narcotics

Joseph Edward Conner, 47, of Bay Point, admitted he engaged in three transactions with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) undercover agent in an effort to distribute the methamphetamine. On Aug. 22, 2014, Conner negotiated the sale of a half-pound of 99 percent pure methamphetamine for $3,000. 

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.

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