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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.

06/28/2017
Austin, TX
Contraband

Wayne Douglas Burnet, 64, from San Antonio pleaded guilty June 28 before a U.S. District judge in Austin to possession with intent to distribute between 50 to 100 kilograms of marijuana. 

06/28/2017
San Juan, PR
Contraband

On June 26, a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft detected a 25-foot boat traveling southbound without navigation lights approximately 22 nautical miles north of Loiza.

05/02/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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Kurtis Law, 49, who also maintains a residence in Vietnam, was taken into custody by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Law is charged with smuggling goods into the U.S., a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

04/11/2017
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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This case is part of the ongoing efforts of the HSI San Juan Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) and the AirTAT. Launched in January 2015, AirTAT is a multi-agency initiative created to identify, locate, disrupt, dismantle, and prosecute domestic and transnational criminal organizations and its operatives using the LMMIA, the Fernando Luis Rivas Dominicci Airport and peripheral airports as platforms to smuggle narcotics, weapons, human cargo, counterfeit documents and illicit proceeds.

04/11/2017
Oakland, CA
Contraband

Joseph Edward Conner, 47, of Bay Point, admitted he negotiated the sale of methamphetamine on three separate occasions.

03/28/2017
San Antonio, TX
Contraband

Eduardo Hinojosa, aka “Lalo,” 49, a U.S. citizen residing in Piedra Negras, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses March 28 to 78 months in federal prison. Judge Moses also ordered Hinojosa to pay a $3,000 fine and to be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after he completes his prison term.

03/16/2017
Nogales, AZ
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Gabriel Rivero, 41, appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. Senior District Judge Frank R. Zapata. At the sentencing, Judge Zapata ordered that Rivero will be subject to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

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.

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