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05/26/2020
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Jose Francisco Guerra, 80, from Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty May 26, before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, for attempting to export contraband cigarettes.

05/18/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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Lin Li, a.k.a. Aaron Li, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute at least 1,000 marijuana plants.

04/24/2020
Brownsville, TX
Contraband

Edgardo Serrano, 51, from New Boston, Michigan was charged April 24, 2020 by U.S. District Judge Ignacio Torteva III.

04/08/2020
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Jorge Alberto Ruiz-Periban, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane. As part of his plea agreement, Ruiz-Periban admitted he intended to evade the currency reporting requirement and intended to transport money he hid in a tire, on a trip from Mission, Texas, to Mexico.

03/11/2020
Seattle, WA
Narcotics
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Kenneth Warren Rhule, 26 of Bothell, Washington was arrested March 10 on an eight-count complaint charging him with operating an illegal money exchange business involving bitcoin, announced Acting SAC of ICE's HSI Seattle Eben Roberts and U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.

12/19/2019
Nogales, AZ
Narcotics
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ICE's HSI special agents and taskforce officers on BEST executed a federal search warrant late Tuesday night and discovered a tunnel along the U.S. Mexico border, seizing nearly 200 lbs. of methamphetamine, almost two pounds of white heroin, close to three pounds of cocaine, over six and a half pounds of fentanyl, in addition to arresting two individuals and seizing one vehicle.

12/17/2019
Louisville, KY
Contraband

In the past three months, the A-HIDTA Parcel Taskforce has seized more than $350,000 in illicit proceeds, large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and thousands of THC vapes that are similar in appearance to nicotine vapes.

11/25/2019
Tucson, AZ
Contraband

The final defendant in United States v. Felix-Ramirez, et al, an eighteen-defendant indictment combatting the activities of a transnational drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to prison Nov. 25, by Senior U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

10/02/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Pedro Moreno-Garcia, 48, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea on Oct. 2, in front of U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. 

10/01/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband
On Aug. 1, according to court documents, Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 51, from Mexico, arrived at the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo driving a semi-truck and trailer.
09/30/2019
San Juan, PR
Contraband

The indictment alleges that since 2013, the drug trafficking organization distributed heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana, within the two public housing projects and other areas in the southern part of Puerto Rico, all for financial gain and profit.

09/13/2019
Orlando, FL
Contraband
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Stephen Gibson, 46, was sentenced to two years; Carlo Sen, 26, was sentenced to three years; Louise Caswell, 39, was sentenced to 15 months and Rebekah Simons, 25, was sentenced to 21 months; they are all residents of Retford, Nottinghamshire, U.K.

08/27/2019
Laredo, TX
Narcotics

Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 57, Jose Ramos-Delgadillo, 32, and Ariane Ramos-Piccone, 33, were each originally charged by criminal complaint.

08/22/2019
Brownsville, TX
Contraband

Jackeline Hortencia Ramirez, 34, of Waco, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Southern District of Texas, to150 months in federal prison.

08/16/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Ivette Julissa Ramirez, 18, Jesus Abraham Ramirez, 24, and David Arnaldo Garcia, 25, from Laredo were arrested and charged Aug. 16, 2019, with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm.

07/18/2019
San Juan, PR
Contraband

The indictment alleges that between on-or-about May 2018 and November 2018, the organization distributed cocaine, crack, heroin, and marijuana, all within the real property comprising the Villa Evangelina Public Housing Project located in the Municipality of Manatí.

06/17/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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William Thomas Glarner IV, a.k.a. “Billy,” 34, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter has scheduled a September 23 sentencing hearing, where Glarner will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison.

06/11/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Alfredo Aguilar Jr, 30, and co-defendants Cristen Nicole Cano, 29, and Cristal Hernandez, 23, were sentenced June 11 by U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle. Judge Tagle sentenced Aguilar to 240 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Cano and Hernandez were each sentenced to 60 months. Cano and Hernandez must serve two and five years of supervised release, respectively. Aguilar, Cano and Hernandez are from the Texas towns of Harlingen, Combes and San Benito, respectively.

03/07/2019
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Giovanni Hernandez, 45, from Weslaco, Texas, was convicted March 7 for his role in aiding and abetting that included attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

02/12/2019
San Juan, PR
Contraband

On Feb 7, while investigating a suspicious yola-type vessel in Vieques, HSI and CBP special agents and officers, respectively, learned that a Coast Guard air unit, while on a routine patrol, detected another incoming vessel at approximately 10 nautical miles south of Vieques.

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