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11/01/2018
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Dias Muratovich Kadyrbayev, 24, a citizen of Kazakhstan, was convicted June 2, 2015, of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for removing and disposing of incriminatory items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Tsarnaev was later convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three innocent bystanders, and subsequently two police officers.

11/01/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Cyber Crimes

During the 2015-16 school year, Jacob Waitze, a former Drexel University student, used a computer and the Internet to engage in a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a Drexel student following a personal dispute with the student.

11/01/2018
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Ignacio Leonel Campos-Chamagua, 19, was flown to El Salvador on Nov. 1 on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, Campos-Chamagua was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).

10/31/2018
New York, NY
Cyber Crimes
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Four individuals were indicted Wednesday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  David Jones, David Duwayne Taylor, Kristin Knight, and Destiny Bishop are charged for their alleged involvement in a scheme by which they fraudulently duped their victims into believing that they had sent sexually explicit images to underage children and faced criminal prosecution if they did not pay to avoid involvement by law enforcement. 
10/31/2018
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

Ivan Alexis Guedez, 47, from Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20.

10/30/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
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IPR Center Director Alex Khu and CoLP Commissioner Ian Dyson pledged to combine resources to tackle the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of consumers, wreak havoc on local and national economies, and fund criminal organizations involved in various illicit activities.

10/29/2018
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation

The criminal complaint alleges that Ruben Darío Báez-Aponte, 40, shared sexually explicit images and videos with a 14-year-old minor and, on several occasions, transported the victim to his home to engage in criminal sexual conduct.

10/29/2018
Camden, NJ
Enforcement and Removal

A Salvadoran man previously convicted for sexually assaulting a child was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for failing to register as a sex offender after unlawfully returning to the United States and traveling to New Jersey. The sentencing follows a multiagency investigation, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

10/26/2018
Honolulu, HI
Child Exploitation

Michael Phillip Patrakis, 46, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was sentenced Thursday to 292 months in prison for producing child pornography of two minor females. The case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hawaii Police Department.

10/26/2018
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Solis-Castro, who was removed from the U.S. on four separate occasions, has a criminal history that includes three felony drug convictions, and a conviction for illegal re-entry after removal. On Aug. 22, he was arrested by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on the charges of forcible touching.

10/26/2018
San Antonio, TX
Enforcement and Removal
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Glenda Lissette Campos-Rivera, 24, and Jose Rosa Munoz, 28, both wanted for aggravated homicide were flown to El Salvador on Oct. 25 on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s IAO Unit. Upon arrival, Campos-Rivera and Munoz were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s PNC.

10/25/2018
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

SEVP plans to publish calendar year 2018 data during the first quarter of 2019. Future years’ data will publish in the first quarter of the following year. This will enable the public to review yearly trends in the international student population.

10/25/2018
Springfield, MO
Child Exploitation

On June 4, 2018, Corey Dean Frasher, 43, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child, and to illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

10/24/2018
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation

David J. Cottrell, 28, of Niles, Illinois, is charged with two counts of transporting child pornography, one count of extortion, one count of inducing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, one count of attempting to produce child pornography, one count of producing of child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography. 

10/24/2018
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation

According to the evidence presented at trial, in March 2015, Wally Irizarry-Sisco transported an 11-year-old female to a motel located in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, with the intent to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

10/24/2018
Miami, FL
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Ivan Madrigal Zamora, 47, of Cuba, was convicted of two counts of forced labor trafficking and two counts of encouraging and inducing an alien to reside in the United States.

10/24/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights
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Intellectual property enforcement representatives met at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in Arlington, Virginia, for the 2018 IPR Center Symposium: Leveraging the Influence of Social Media.

10/23/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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Varley Ramos Costa, 53, a Brazilian citizen, entered the United States on an unknown date and place without inspection or parole by an immigration officer.

10/19/2018
Dallas, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Allen Nash, 31, was convicted in April of the following charges:  sex trafficking children; conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion; transporting a minor to engage in commercial sex acts; and illegally possessing ammunition after he forced two victims, aged 17 and 19, into the illicit sex trade in the fall of 2014.

10/19/2018
New York, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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Jose Osvaldo Melendez-Rojas and Rosalio Melendez-Rojas were arrested in February 2018 in Mexico to eventually face various charges in the United States, including sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking of minors, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and related offenses. The defendants who were extradited are charged together with three co-defendants, who were arrested in the United States in July 2017.

10/18/2018
Charlotte, NC
Enforcement and Removal

In collaboration with officers from ERO Baltimore, an ERO Charlotte Fugitive Operations Team located Alfredo Carreon-Lopez at a Forsyth County business Friday. Carreon is suspected to have fled the Baltimore area following the issuance of a Maryland state arrest warrant on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, sexual abuse of a minor, first and second-degree assault, and multiple additional sexual offense charges.

10/18/2018
New Orleans, LA
Enforcement and Removal
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Jose Melchor Martinez AKA Jose Luis Martinez-Sanchez, an unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested Wednesday morning by an ERO New Orleans Special Response Team after executing a federal arrest warrant at a residence in Church Point, Louisiana.

10/18/2018
New York, NY
Operational
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When Andrew “Andy” Borra boarded his flight from New York to Puerto Rico in September 2017, nothing could have prepared him for what he was about to see.

10/18/2018
New York, NY
Financial Crimes

Basel Ramadan and Samir Ramadan were arraigned today in Kings County Supreme Court before Judge Danny Chun; bail for Samir Ramadan was set at $2 million cash or $500,000 bond. Fahd Muthana was arraigned on October 11, 2018 in Kings County Supreme Court before Judge Chun. All three defendants’ cases were adjourned to December 19, 2018.

10/18/2018
Salt Lake City, UT
Narcotics

The indictment alleges that Shamo intentionally and knowingly distributed a substance containing fentanyl, the use of which resulted in the June 13, 2016, death of a person identified as R.K. in the indictment.

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