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11/14/2019
Seattle, WA
Enforcement and Removal

Because sanctuary policies restrict ICE’s access to local databases, pushing ICE agents out of jails and the associated political pressure discouraging local law enforcement from effectively communicating with federal immigration officials, ICE is often unaware of a criminal alien being in custody prior to them being released. These misguided policies hinder ICE’s ability to lodge immigration detainers in a timely manner.

11/14/2019
Corpus Christi, TX
Narcotics

Manual Lozano, 33, from Corpus Christi and member of the Sureno 13 gang was sentenced Thursday to nearly 11 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and carrying a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

11/13/2019
Spokane, WA
Child Exploitation

Eben Roberts, acting special agent in charge of HSI Seattle and William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Ryan Wade Alexander, age 34, of Richland, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to production and distribution of child pornography.

11/13/2019
Seattle, WA
Enforcement and Removal

The recent arrest of convicted child molester and repeat immigration offender, Juan Ramon Avila-Leon, is a testament to why cooperative law enforcement is critical to public safety.

11/13/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

ICE arrested unlawfully present Mexican national, Jesus Romero-Bisos, after he was released from police custody despite a detainer lodged against him for multiple criminal charges, including rape.

11/12/2019
Spokane, WA
Narcotics
The asset forfeiture funds are the result of Operation Rocky Bear Paw, which targeted a regional drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The principal drug distribution activities occurred in the Grandview, WA, and Havre, MT, areas.
11/12/2019
San Jose, Costa Rica
Financial Crimes
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The workshop, which took place between Sept. 26-27, was designed to help attendees leverage established procedures by various private sector participants to facilitate the timely exchange of information with Spanish-speaking law enforcement agencies worldwide in anti-financial crimes.

11/12/2019
Tyler, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Pineda, 26, from Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty July 25, 2019, to manufacturing and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana; he was sentenced Nov. 12 to 108 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.

11/08/2019
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal

ICE's ERO deportation officers arrested Irvin Acaphelus Cespedes, 41, Wednesday, Oct.16.  Cespedes, an illegally present Jamaican national who has pending attempted murder charges, was released three times between April and October 2019 from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer because of New York City’s sanctuary policies.

11/08/2019
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal

Today, officers from the ICE ERO Washington field office arrested Luis Fredy Hernandez Morales, 48, at his residence in Springfield, Va. Hernandez was charged on Nov. 5 by the Montgomery County District Court with sexual abuse of a minor.

11/07/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

A five-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Riverside charges Hatim Humeed Alsufyani, 36, and Mosab Alzahrani, 27, both formerly of San Bernardino, with one count of conspiracy to smuggle goods out of the United States without obtaining export licenses.

11/07/2019
Albuquerque, NM
Child Exploitation

The criminal complaint accuses Rodymar Pedrano Lelis, 29, of accessing videos containing child pornography from his room in a local hotel Sept. 7, 2019. HSI special agents arrested Lelis in Española.

11/07/2019
Missoula, MT
Narcotics

Jeremy David Medbery, 34, of Riverside, California, faces a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release.

11/06/2019
Boston, MA
Enforcement and Removal
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Those arrested during the enforcement action hail from seven different countries – Bahamas (1), Brazil (4), Cape Verde (4), Dominican Republic (6), France (1), Guatemala (1), Haiti (2).

11/05/2019
Seattle, WA
Narcotics

The four properties were identified as part of an international criminal investigation that lasted several years. In March 2019, Qifeng Li, 41, Xiamin Huang, 39 and Qiwei Li, 45, pleaded guilty and admitted that they used money from conspirators in the Peoples Republic of China to purchase homes in the Puget Sound area.

11/04/2019
Cleveland, OH
Operational

Reuben Rankin, 34, was charged with one count of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

11/04/2019
Las Vegas, NV
Narcotics

Steve Torres, 43, and Uriel Delgado, 37, both of Las Vegas, were sentenced Friday for selling large quantities of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada announced.

11/04/2019
Charlotte, NC
Enforcement and Removal
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ICE arrested unlawfully present Mexican national Jose Barajas-Diaz, during a targeted enforcement action Friday, one week after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer, and instead released Mr. Barajas-Diaz from local criminal custody following his conviction for felony death by motor vehicle.

11/04/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleges that the defendants exploited the EB-2(a) visa program by submitting bogus alien worker petitions on behalf of companies – some legitimate, some created specifically for the scheme – that purportedly wanted to hire foreign nationals after exhausting attempts to find suitable workers in the United States.

11/04/2019
Tulsa, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

Cristian Alvarado Morales, 30, and Anderson Garces Lopez, 29, both of Tulsa, pleaded guilty Monday to selling fraudulent social security and U.S. permanent resident cards to individuals unlawfully living in the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

11/04/2019
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO deportation officers apprehended 23 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to rape. Several of those arrested are registered sexual offenders. Each taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings, criminal prosecution, or removal from the United States.

11/01/2019
Seattle, WA
Operational
The graduating members consisted of professionals from Fortune 500 companies, the banking industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and a variety of small businesses. 
11/01/2019
Raleigh, NC
Enforcement and Removal
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ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes.

11/01/2019
St. Paul, MN
Enforcement and Removal
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Moises De Jesus Ruiz-Mejia, 25, was flown to El Salvador Oct. 29 on a commercial flight. Upon arrival, ERO officers transferred Cruz-Cortez to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).

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