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06/27/2018
New York, NY
Cyber Crimes
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Jian Qu, 30; Raymond Weng, 24; and Kai Wu, 22, all of Queens, New York, along with Dimitri Tseperkas, 22, and Cihad Akkaya, 22, of Middle Island and Port Jefferson, New York, respectively, were each arrested on June 18, and charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with participation in a conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

04/27/2018
Boston, MA
Contraband

Melissa Sclafani, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Sclafani pleaded guilty in June, 2017 to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute and to distribute counterfeit steroids and one count of conspiracy to launder money, in the case which was prosecuted by the Office of  United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

04/05/2018
San Angelo, TX
Contraband
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The new “West Texas Panhandle Border Enforcement Security Task Force,” (BEST) based in San Angelo, is designed to formalize and enhance already-existing relationships with local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to combat Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO).  This latest BEST task force extends from Crockett and Sutton counties in central Texas all the way north to the southern border of Oklahoma.

03/22/2018
Norfolk, VA
Contraband

Two Newport News men have been sentenced this week to a combined 87 months in prison for distributing heroin, including on the property of a local elementary school. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

03/21/2018
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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Contraband has an estimated street value of more than $29 million

03/08/2018
San Juan, PR
Intellectual Property Rights

According to the indictment, defendants Carlos Enrique Velázquez-Gines, Mayra Evelise Gines-Otero, Noriam Ivette Flores-Deleon and Vanessa Marrero-Hernández marketed and sold numerous purported dietary supplements for male enhancement or weight loss in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to American consumers.

12/12/2017
Chicago, IL
Contraband

Christopher C. Hickson, 25, used bulk powders he had imported from China to manufacture anabolic steroid pills.

11/07/2017
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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Those arrested also face charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of a machine gun and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. During the investigation and leading up to Wednesday’s arrests, authorities seized 35 firearms, including 20 pistols and 15 rifles, including five machine guns.

10/31/2017
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Arturo Valladolid Jr., 43, from Laredo, was sentenced Oct. 31 by U.S. District Marina Garcia Marlolejo to 240 months in prison, and to a 10-year term of supervised release. Valladolid pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges Oct. 18, 2016.

10/17/2017
Washington, DC
Contraband

Federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed yesterday, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States. 

10/16/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

Dubbed “Operation Cash Extraction,” the investigation was led by HSI and spanned more than 15 years – from approximately 2000 to 2015. It resulted in the confiscation of various assets and forfeiture orders entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

09/22/2017
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Carolina Aguilar Rodriguez, 47, who illegally resided in Conroe, Texas, admitted she purchased prescription drugs from individuals who were not licensed wholesale distributors, and knowing they had covertly and illegally entered the United States from El Salvador and Mexico.

09/22/2017
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Wayne Douglas Burnet, 64, from San Antonio, was sentenced Sept. 22 by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who ordered Burnet to serve 37 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. Judge Sparks also ordered Brunet to forfeit his 1969 Piper PA-30 Comanche aircraft, $5,400 in U.S. currency, and about $3,000 worth of prepaid cards seized by law enforcement.

08/22/2017
Norfolk, VA
National Security
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The center will focus on identifying intellectual property rights violations, public health and safety threats, and compliance with import and export laws. It will work with a variety of federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation to enforce these laws. The Virginia TECC is the 12th in the country.

07/28/2017
Luanda, Angola
Contraband

The aim of Operation SaveREP is to target, intercept, and seize rhino horns, elephant ivory, and pangolin scales and other Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) goods and to apprehend and arrest offenders in a concerted national, regional, and international effort.

06/29/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Tuesday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Sean Player Dixon, 43. Also arrested were Ricky Manning Jr., 36; Jeneayi Manning Qualls, 34; Raymond Pro, 40; Makayla Bower, 23; Anthony Torres, 43 and; Jennifer Estrada, 39.

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