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09/08/2017
Las Cruces, NM
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Markell Quashan Sweargin, 19, of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested in June on a criminal complaint charging him with transporting a person in interstate commerce for the purpose of forcing the person to engage in a commercial sex act. The complaint alleged that on June 14, officers of the Hobbs (New Mexico) Police Department arrested Sweargin on state charges after responding to a domestic disturbance call from a woman, who claimed that Sweargin strangled and assaulted her during an altercation arising from her refusal to engage in a sexual act with another man for money.

09/05/2017
McAllen, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Luis Aguilar Jr., 19; brothers Alhan Sanchez, 20, and Aaron Sanchez, 21, and Ricardo Renteria, 26, all of Mission; and Renteria’s nephew Ricardo Renteria-Rivera, 23, a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States, were sentenced Sept. 5 by U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez.

08/24/2017
Minneapolis, MN
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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Lili Huang, 36 of Woodbury, Minnesota, was sentenced for withholding documents, as well as enslaving, starving and beating a victim in a forced-labor case.

08/17/2017
El Paso, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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The driver, Comothial Harper, 44, a U.S. citizen from Bainbridge, Georgia, was arrested and charged with transporting illegal aliens for financial gain. Gerardo Aguilar-Roque, 35, one of the passengers, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

08/16/2017
San Antonio, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, faces the following charges in the five-count indictment: one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain resulting in death; one count of transporting illegal aliens resulting in death; one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain resulting in serious bodily injury and placing lives in jeopardy; one count of transporting illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and placing lives in jeopardy; and, one count of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

08/16/2017
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Joshua William Jackson, 29, from Wichita Falls, Texas, pleaded guilty in January to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise, one count of illegally receiving a firearm by a person under indictment, and one count of cyberstalking. Jackson has been in custody since his arrest in April 2016.

08/16/2017
Oklahoma City, OK
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Maurice Morlee Johnson, 37, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced Aug. 16 to 20 years in federal prison. In a related case, Tonya Gay Gum, 44, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced the same day to four years in federal prison. Both were convicted of conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking.

08/08/2017
McAllen, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Jesus Manuel Ramirez, 32, from Pharr, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 8 by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane to 240 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court heard from some of the victims who noted that not even illegal aliens should have to endure what they went through.

08/01/2017
Corpus Christi, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Maria Candelaria Losoya, 55, from Brownsville, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington and admitted she was responsible for the continued sexual assault of a 9-year-old victim which began in Brownsville in 2012. Later, she traveled with the victim so that the assault could continue.

07/24/2017
San Antonio, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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A federal complaint filed July 24 alleges that James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, unlawfully transported aliens in violation of law resulting in the death of 10 of the aliens transported. The tenth alien, an adult male, died overnight at a hospital. Upon conviction, the offense is punishable by life imprisonment or death, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

07/18/2017
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

In May 2017, a federal grand jury in Dallas returned an indictment charging conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking against Shatara Armstrong, 31, and the following four other co-defendants: Marquist Fulcher, aka “Keezie,” 28, Chapoleon Fischer, aka “Kidd,” 28, Marcus Speed, 26, and Tiffany Gideon, 22.

07/10/2017
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Connie Su Moser, aka “Vivian,” aka “Song Ye Hong,” 64, of Lewisville, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and one count of misprision of a felony.

06/19/2017
Abilene, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Terrell Orlando Kinchen, 20, and Troy Lee Applin Jr., 23, were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 240 months in federal prison.

06/19/2017
Oklahoma City, OK
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

After the jury announced its verdict, Curtis Allen Anthony, 50, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending his sentencing.

06/16/2017
Minneapolis, MN
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Deuvontay Shelby Charles, 22, was indicted on March 7, 2016, and on Dec. 14, 2016, was convicted by a federal jury on 20 of 23 counts.

06/12/2017
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Martavious Detrel Banks Keys, aka “Cheese” and “Matt,” 34, was convicted in February 2017, following a three-day jury trial, on two counts of child sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion. Keys had been in custody since his arrest in May 2016.

05/31/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Lawrence T. Gunn Jr., 33, whose last known residence was in Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. 

05/17/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
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Valentin Mendiola-Castaneda, 35, was transferred to the custody of Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Mendiola was arrested in January by officers with ERO’s Fugitive Operations and special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations. 

05/17/2017
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Jovanni Rodarte, 20, from Rio Bravo, Texas, was sentenced May 17 by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo to 97 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

05/04/2017
Seattle, WA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Fang Wang, 28, of Queens, New York; Yongguang Wu, 27, Yunzhong Chen, 44, Yaoan He, 32, Zhaofeng Zhang, 22, all of Seattle; and Steven Thompson, 59, of Renton, Wash., are charged with conspiracy to promote prostitution.

05/02/2017
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Jose Diaz, 42, from Laredo, was sentenced May 2 by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo to 360 months in federal prison; Angel Alexis Diaz, 20 and Julio Osorio, 42, also from Laredo, received respective sentences of 262 months and 292 months. All the sentences will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. All three pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 8, 2016.

04/27/2017
McAllen, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Julio Puente-Oliva, from Mexico, was sentenced April 27 by U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez to 70 months in federal prison for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. The court enhanced the sentence because he raped the victim and brandished a dangerous weapon during the course of the conspiracy.

04/25/2017
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

George Lester Stewart, 61, from Wheeler, Michigan, was sentenced April 25 by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo to 71-months in federal prison for attempting to smuggle 10 illegal aliens in the back of a Penske rental truck.

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