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09/15/2020
Baltimore, MD
Enforcement and Removal

ICE’s ERO lodged detainers with the Baltimore County Detention Center on unlawfully present Salvadoran nationals Wilson Art Constanza-Galdomez, 21, and Wualter Orellana- Hernandez, 19, and unlawfully present Honduran national Jonathan J. Pesquera-Puerto, 19.

09/14/2020
Newark, NJ
Worksite Enforcement

Savantis Solutions, LLC, (formerly Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC and Vedicsoft Holdings, LLC) an Edison, New Jersey based corporation involved in consulting, technology and staffing, utilizing primarily foreign nationals in the United States pursuant to H1-B visas, agreed to resolve allegations that the company violated immigration and employment regulations concerning continuous employment and wage requirements.

09/14/2020
Washington, DC
Worksite Enforcement

Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy for an additional 60 days. The expiration date for these accommodations is now November 19, 2020.

09/14/2020
Orlando, FL
Child Exploitation

Vince Edward Lasane, 48, Orlando, faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 30, 2020. Lasane was indicted on November 13, 2019.

09/12/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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On Jan. 23, 2014, Djevair Ametovski, 34, was arrested by law enforcement officials in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the U.S. Secret Service, for his role in an international cybercrime conspiracy involving stolen payment cards. He was extradited to the United States in May 2016.

09/11/2020
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

On Sept. 10, Johnny Jacob Domingue, 31, from Maurapas, Louisiana, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis, who charged him with cocaine distribution. On Sept. 9, Domingue was arrested by ICE HSI in Edinburg, Texas, without incident. According to court documents, Domingue had been a federal task force officer for the DEA in Louisiana.

09/11/2020
Jacksonville, FL
Child Exploitation

Kurt Batucan Sheldon, 29, of Interlachen, faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to 50 years, in federal prison.

09/11/2020
Salt Lake City, UT
Child Exploitation

El Salvador national Francisco Josue Cardona, 29, a former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, was released to ICE custody from the Utah State Prison.

09/10/2020
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation

Cameron Michael Pittman, 34, a resident of Orange Grove, Texas, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography Sept. 9 in the Southern District of Texas.

09/10/2020
Washington, DC
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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The alleged leader of a major human smuggling organization that had smuggled individuals from the Middle East (primarily Iran) into South America, the United States, Canada and Europe was arrested Saturday. ICE provided significant assistance to the Brazil Federal Police to arrest Reza Sahami, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran, on human smuggling charges.

09/09/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation
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Dubbed “Operation Home Alone 2,” it is the culmination of a months-long proactive operation to combat child sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking in Pinal County. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives lead the joint effort comprised of local, state and federal agencies to include HSI, who targeted sexual predators who attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

09/09/2020
Laredo, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

On Sept. 9, 2020, Rito Salomon Palacios, 51, from Laredo, pled guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana for wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

09/08/2020
Laredo, TX
Enforcement and Removal
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Nelson Arturo Avalos, 32, a citizen of El Salvador, is known to be affiliated with the transnational criminal street organization known as Mara Salvatrucha “MS-13” and was removed by ICE ERO San Antonio via an ICE Air Operations charter flight without incident.

09/04/2020
Denver, CO
Enforcement and Removal

In February, Celin Villeda-Orellana, 33, was arrested by the Denver Police Department for sex assault on a child and ICE lodged an immigration detainer Feb. 11 with the Denver Justice Center. The document requested the DJC hold Villeda-Orellana briefly until ICE officers could pick him up prior to any planned release.

09/04/2020
Las Vegas, NV
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Justin Pham, 30, of Las Vegas, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun and two counts of possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

09/04/2020
Fort Myers, FL
Narcotics
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The investigation initially began in the City of Fort Myers and focused on identifying and eradicating major narcotics suppliers within the city. During the investigation, law enforcement identified multiple individuals allegedly responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine within the city, and throughout Lee County.

09/04/2020
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal

Stany N’Goma Mavambu, 24, was removed to France and handed over to French authorities.

09/04/2020
Salt Lake City, UT
Financial Crimes

Nan Ma, 37, of Hurricane, Utah, is a Chinese citizen with legal permanent resident status in the United States. He faces a maximum penalty, for each of the three wire fraud counts of, 20 years in federal prison. The six money laundering counts each have a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

09/03/2020
San Juan, PR
Financial Crimes

As part of the operation that led to the multimillion cash seizure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted an outbound cargo inspection on board the Motor Vessel Norma H II Voyage 818. During the inspection, a CBP K-9 alerted on pallets containing home moving boxes destined for St. Thomas.

09/03/2020
Dallas, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI Dallas was able to locate the painting after receiving a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, Italy, in 2019. Based on that tip, HSI tracked the painting to a private art collector in the Dallas-area who had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who was unaware that it was stolen.

09/03/2020
Richmond, VA
Enforcement and Removal

According to court documents, Diego Tino-Calvo, 45, illegally entered the United States for the first time in 1998. Since then, he has illegally reentered the country at least 14 times and has twice been convicted of illegal reentry – once in 2011 and another time in 2017 – in two separate federal courts.

09/03/2020
Greensboro, NC
Document and Benefit Fraud

A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration application, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election.

09/03/2020
Plano, TX
Child Exploitation

David Pettigrew, 48, a former pastor at the Denison Church of the Nazarene in Denison, Texas, and Chad Michael Rider, 46, of Anna, Texas, were indicted by a grand jury Aug. 19 with conspiring to sexually exploit children and the charges were publicly announced today.

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