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01/23/2017
Hartford, CT
Narcotics

The complaint charges the following individuals with possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin: Onel Arana-Gervacio; Modesto Barett-Medina; Erison Peralta; Luz Cruz; Carol Amparo.

12/20/2016
Chicago, IL
Contraband

Clifford Reed, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, allegedly purchased multi-kilogram quantities of heroin from various sources in Chicago; He then allegedly mixed it with carfentanil to increase the amount of heroin he could distribute. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid listed federally as a Schedule II controlled substance.

12/19/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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ICE HSI, working jointly with other federal and local law enforcement agencies, conducted simultaneous takedowns Thursday in the municipality of Cayey, as well as Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Florida, during an operation dubbed ‘Just Punishment’ that resulted in the arrest of 38 individuals for their alleged participation in a drug trafficking and illegal firearms conspiracy.

12/19/2016
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Levi Galvan-Galvan, 37, an illegal alien residing in McAllen, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison Dec. 19 for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, and being in the country illegally. Since Galvan-Galvan is a not a U.S. citizen, he will be placed in removal proceedings after he completes his prison sentence.

12/12/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon.

12/08/2016
Mcallen, TX
Contraband

Dimas Rodriguez, 44, and Jose Gertudis Partida, 71, both appeared before U.S. Magistrate Micaela Alvarez Dec. 8 ordered Rodriguez and Partida to serve 70 and 30 months in federal prison, respectively.

11/29/2016
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Claudia Raquel Herrera-Ibarra, 35, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Jonathan James Ruiz, 24, of Laredo, were sentenced to 60 and 84 months imprisonment, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Mariana Garcia Marmolego. 

11/04/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband

The indictment, unsealed Friday, alleges that from on-or-about 2008, Jose Cruz-Lopez smuggled kilogram quantities of cocaine while employed as a TSA officer at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (LMMIA) in San Juan.

11/03/2016
Eagle Pass, TX
Contraband

Luis Felipe Rodriguez, aka “Vaquero,” 40, from Eagle Pass, was sentenced Nov. 3 to mandatory life in federal prison by a U.S. district federal judge in Del Rio, Texas.  He was arrested without incident Jan.16, 2014.

11/03/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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During the arrest of Sandy Hernandez Monday, HSI special agents found more than $30,000 in cash, three weapons and approximately 1,786 kilograms of cocaine. Of the six persons in the indictment, three were arrested while the others are awaiting extradition from the Dominican Republic.

10/31/2016
Washington, DC
Contraband
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“Operation Hyperion” was initiated by U.S. federal law enforcement, the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) and members of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, as the first step in developing a more unified global law enforcement response to the growing usage of the Darknet by individuals seeking to buy and sell illicit drugs and other illegal goods and services.

10/31/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband
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Ali Afif Al Herz, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts that included the following crimes: conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, conspiring to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce, conspiring to commit money laundering, violating the Arms Export Control Act, and possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of a crime of domestic violence.

10/27/2016
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Mansour Moghtaderi Zadeh, 56, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully export goods, technology, and services to Iran without the required license, and to defraud the United States. 

10/24/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka “ecstasy” or “mollie”) and marijuana; and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Nguyen was indicted in January 2014, arrested in Canada in May 2014 and extradited to the United States in October 2016 after he temporarily surrendered to the United States.

10/20/2016
Quito, Ecuador
Contraband
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With much of the timber bound for processing plants and consumer markets in Mexico and the United States, INTERPOL’s Project Leaf has been working to strengthen law enforcement responses in the region through increased intelligence sharing and support for transnational investigations.

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