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06/16/2020
Washington, DC
Worksite Enforcement

On March 19 due to precautions implemented by employers and employees associated with COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would exercise prosecutorial discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) under section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This provision, as explained in the guidance below, was implemented for 60 days and was set to expire on May 19.

06/16/2020
Seattle, WA
Enforcement and Removal

Murder suspect Jorge Omar Alcantara-Gonzalez, 41, is a Mexican citizen who is in the United States illegally. On June 14, Alcantara-Gonzalez was arrested by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department, charged with murder, burglary, theft and a variety of other local charges in connection with the disappearance of Ian Eckles. Eckles, 41, has been missing out of Kent since mid-May.

06/15/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

In 2019, Vladimir Penda, a crew member who worked on board the shipping vessel MSC Gayane as the ship’s fourth engineer, conspired with others to engage in bulk cocaine smuggling.

06/15/2020
Beaumont, TX
Financial Crimes

Larry Earnest Tillery, 70, Judy Kay Tillery, 63, and Brian Tillery, 47, all of Beaumont, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

06/15/2020
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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Project iGuardian shares information that can help keep children and teens protected from predators and settings online where they could be exploited sexually. The program is tailored to youth of all ages – from young children to teens – as well as parents and educators.  It’s designed to encourage smart online practices and provide safety tips, a number to call to report suspicious activity, and a website with links to more information and resources.

06/12/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Narcotics
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The indictment returned this afternoon charges four men, all of Sinaloa, Mexico, with one count of possession with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, a crime that carries a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment and mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison: Alejo Garcia-Moreno, 54; Benito Garcia-Moreno, 59, Alejo Garcia-Moreno’s brother; Mario Sainz-Aranzubia, 44, a cousin of Alejo and Benito Garcia-Moreno; and Benny Zazueta-Sainz, 28, Sainz-Aranzubia’s nephew.

06/11/2020
New York, NY
Child Exploitation
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Jonathan Weiss, a/k/a "Ian_Jameson," is charged with communicating with three different underage victims online and directing them to take sexually explicit images and send them to Weiss.

06/11/2020
Fayetteville, AR
Narcotics

Ricardo Uribe, 37, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

06/11/2020
San Antonio, TX
Financial Crimes

Juan Pablo Hoyos Avila, 22, from Mexico, residing in San Antonio was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Fred Biery to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

06/11/2020
Denver, CO
Human Rights Violators
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A Gambian man previously residing in Denver, Colorado, was arrested today on torture charges stemming from his actions specifically intended to inflict severe physical pain and suffering on individuals in his custody and control in The Gambia in 2006.

06/10/2020
Denver, CO
Enforcement and Removal
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Ezequiel Sandoval-Garcia, 34, is wanted by the country of Mexico.

06/10/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Enforcement and Removal
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Jose Luis Rodriguez-Vasquez, 37, is a Salvadoran national wanted by law enforcement authorities for the rape of a minor or disabled person in his native country.

06/10/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Financial Crimes

Armen Martirosyan, 62, pleaded guilty today to a federal fraud charge for opening more than a dozen bank accounts, knowing that they would be used to launder fraudulently obtained tax refunds obtained by filing tax returns under stolen identities.

06/09/2020
Washington, DC
COVID-19

ICE plans to evaluate COVID-19 testing at the initial two locations before expanding to other ICE detention facilities over the next several months.

06/09/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation

Theron Charles Barron, 28, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal – the same judge who sentenced him in his first child pornography case.

06/09/2020
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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Juan Hernandez was escorted by immigration officers assigned to the ERO Newark field office and turned over to Salvadoran law enforcement authorities without incident.

06/09/2020
Pecos, TX
Contraband
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Harry George Bock II, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a scheme to illegally sell protected living rock cactus plants, following an investigation by special agents with ICE's HSI.

06/08/2020
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Leonidas Navarro, 30, from Zapata, Texas, entered a guilty plea June 8, before U.S. District Court Judge Diana Saldana for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the country.

06/08/2020
Sarasota, FL
Operational
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ICE HSI Special Agent Edison Sorrentini, from the HSI Sarasota office, was honored as Manatee County Officer of the Year by the Manatee Hundred Club in May.

06/05/2020
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

The cocaine was concealed inside a commercial vehicle.

06/05/2020
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

HSI routinely works with its partner federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to intercept dangerous drugs before they can reach local communities.

06/03/2020
Baltimore, MD
COVID-19
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Operation Stolen Promise is a national operation aimed at combatting COVID-19 fraud and other related criminal activity.

06/02/2020
Salt Lake City, UT
Enforcement and Removal

Utah State Prison honored a detainer placed by ICE March 30, 2016, with the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center, Utah and released Marco Antonio Garcia Arriaga, 30, directly to ICE custody to affect his removal from the United States.

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