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09/26/2019
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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The arrestees include nationals from Algeria, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Spain, and Ukraine. ERO deportation officers made arrests throughout New York City, the Hudson Valley, and on Long Island, specifically in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and the Hudson Valley counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. One arrest was made in Essex County, New Jersey.

09/26/2019
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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They hail from 12 countries – Mexico (21), Jamaica (1), Ecuador (2), Honduras (4), Dominican Republic (3), El Salvador (9), Guatemala (3), Guyana (1), Brazil (7), Costa Rica (1), Georgia (1) and Pakistan (1).

09/26/2019
Seattle, WA
Enforcement and Removal

During an enforcement surge effort the past five days, ICE Seattle arrested nearly 60 criminal aliens throughout the Pacific Northwest; 33 possessed criminal convictions, nine with pending criminal charges, but all were violators of U.S. immigration law for their illegal presence in the country.

09/26/2019
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal

During this enforcement surge, ICE deportation officers made arrests in the following Texas cities: Rio Grande Valley (24), San Antonio (8), Austin (10) and Waco (3). Of those arrested, 41 were men; four were women.

09/26/2019
Denver, CO
Enforcement and Removal

Following is the nationality breakdown of those arrested:  Mexico (36), Guatemala (2), Honduras (1), El Salvador (1), Brazil (1) and Kenya (1).

09/26/2019
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence held a White House press briefing Thursday to explain how sanctuary policies threaten public safety and called on the public to hold their local lawmakers accountable.

09/26/2019
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh was presented to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry who accepted the piece on behalf of the people of Egypt.

09/26/2019
Tampa, FL
Worksite Enforcement
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SRI Tech Solutions, Inc. has been recognized by Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) employment compliance program called IMAGE at a recent ceremony.

09/25/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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On Aug. 13, after being convicted and serving a sentence for raping a child, Philadelphia officials released the aforementioned, Edward De Oleo Valdez, 38, from the Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, despite the presence of an ICE detainer.

09/25/2019
Fort Worth, TX
Child Exploitation

Following a two-day trial, a federal jury in Fort Worth convicted Michael Webb, 51, of kidnapping after less than 10 minutes of deliberation.

09/24/2019
Columbus, OH
Narcotics
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According to the 16-count indictment, Diego Ernesto Castaneda-Garcia was allegedly the leader of a drug trafficking organization that received imported heroin from Mexico, repackaged it into user quantities and sold it to heroin users in and around Central Ohio.

09/23/2019
Tallahassee, FL
Operational
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The purpose of Operation Na-Palm was to target the illegal harvest of Saw Palmetto Berries, specifically on Point Washington Wildlife Management Area, Deer Lake, Grayton, and Topsail Hill State Parks, as well as any private lands where written landowner permission is not granted.

09/20/2019
Cheyenne, WY
Child Exploitation

Four men were sentenced in Wyoming this summer to extensive prison sentences after pleading guilty to various child pornography charges.

09/20/2019
Tampa, FL
Child Exploitation

According to the complaint, an individual using the screen name “thehoff727” distributed child pornography on Snapchat, a mobile web-based communications application. Further investigation revealed that the Internet Protocol (IP) address and subscriber information associated with that account was linked to the residence of Matthew Enhoffer, 34, of St. Petersburg, a police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

09/20/2019
Denver, CO
Narcotics
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HSI’s C3 and the Illicit Finance and Proceeds of Crime Unit provided this training, which is designed to dismantle darknet marketplaces and illicit payment networks associated with fentanyl smuggling and their distribution organizations.

09/19/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Liam Heim, 23, in early 2018, while living in Florida, started an online forum on the messaging service Discord, through which he met a 12-year-old girl living with her parents in southern New Jersey.  Heim groomed his seventh-grade victim to believe that they were in a romantic relationship, eventually convincing her to meet with him in person so that he could sexually assault her.

09/19/2019
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Mu Sigma – a large, advanced analytics service provider headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with its main delivery center in Bangalore, India – was illegally circumventing U.S. government H-1B visa regulations by actively employing B1 visitor visa holders under contract within the U.S.

09/17/2019
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Dongyuan Li (李冬媛), 41, of Irvine, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and one count of visa fraud. Li was one of 19 defendants named in a series of indictments unsealed earlier this year which resulted from an massive probe by ICE's HSI Los Angeles and IRS Criminal Investigation.

09/17/2019
Honolulu, HI
Financial Crimes
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Fifteen individuals were charged in U.S. District Court today with illegal gambling, money laundering and other financial violations related to an ongoing investigation of a criminal organization operating multiple illegal game rooms and casinos on the island of Oahu.

09/17/2019
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation

Baldemar Cardenas-Martinez, 52, who pleaded guilty to the charges May 20, was also ordered to register as a sex offender and comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet.

09/16/2019
Fort Worth, TX
National Security

Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization, also known as LeT.

09/16/2019
Houston, TX
Enforcement and Removal
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Leopoldo Serrano Vargas – aka Leonel Serrano Vargas and Ricardo Hernandez – an illegal alien from Mexico of uncertain age (reported as both 44 and 46), was arrested Sept. 11 at his residence in Northeast Houston for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony.

09/13/2019
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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The HERO Corps program recruits and trains wounded, ill, or injured active-duty service members, transitioning active-duty service members and military veterans for employment to support law enforcement in the areas of child exploitation investigations, child victim identification, traveling child sex offenders, and digital forensics. This program is a one-year internship, which includes a three-month initial training followed by a nine-month hands-on training in ICE field offices nationwide.

09/13/2019
Alexandria, VA
Enforcement and Removal

Those arrested during the operation are implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, including the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted and killed.

09/12/2019
Chicago, IL
Enforcement and Removal

ICE contacted the Mexican Consulate to inform them of Rodriguez-Espinoza’s medical status and to request assistance locating his next of kin. Mexican Consular officials subsequently advised that Rodriguez-Espinoza had no known next of kin.

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