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09/17/2017
Tampa, FL
Operational
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“I couldn’t have asked for a better dog,” Gaertner said. “We instantly connected. He was my stabilizer. If I would stumble, he would be my cane. He was my balancer with my prosthetics. He knows the difference of my being in a [wheel]chair versus not being in a chair.”

09/16/2017
Washington, DC
Statement

ICE’s goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent dangerous criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets to potentially victimize our communities.

09/14/2017
Washington, DC
Statement

This legislation will greatly help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to target and dismantle transnational gangs, like MS-13, who pose a direct threat to public safety.

09/14/2017
Laredo, TX
Enforcement and Removal
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Romario Antonio Barahona-Garmendia, 19, was flown to El Salvador Sept. 14 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Barahona-Garmendia was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).

09/14/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics

The superseding indictment out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York (SDNY), charges Walston Owen, aka “Purpose,” Richard Feliz, aka “Dirt,” Shaquille Bailey, aka “Shaq,” aka “Jefe,” Miguel Caba, aka “Miggs,” and Nathanial Rodriguez, aka “Cook,” with various crimes relating to racketeering, narcotics and firearms offenses, including charges against Feliz for the March 26, 2015, murder of Victor Chafla, an innocent bystander. The defendants are charged as a result of their membership in the “Rollin’ 30s,” a subset of the nationwide Crips street gang.  Another individual, Lewis Turnbull, aka “Lew,” was charged solely with a narcotics offense.

09/14/2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Narcotics

Racoco Williams, 35, of Lauderhill, Florida, was arrested on Aug. 29, by the Pennsylvania State Police for possession with intent to deliver 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  

09/14/2017
Fort Wayne, IN
Narcotics

Uryan Frymire, 37, from Fremont, Ohio, was sentenced Thursday to 145 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute about 154 pounds of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. 

09/13/2017
Norfolk, VA
Child Exploitation

According to court documents, Larry Anthony Radebaugh, 40, established chat-based relationships with multiple children in which he persuaded them to send him nude images and videos of themselves.

09/13/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation
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Charlie, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, is the first and only electronic-detection forensic K9 in Pennsylvania. She was introduced to the community Wednesday during a suburban Philadelphia demonstration.

09/12/2017
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Bazan, 49, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane who ordered Bazan to serve a 24-month prison sentence, which is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Bazan pleaded guilty to the charge June 30.

09/12/2017
Scranton, PA
Narcotics

Daniel Fitzgibbon, 47, admitted to agreeing with others to distribute the drug to customers in the Luzerne County area during 2014 and 2015. The members of the conspiracy obtained the alpha-pvp from suppliers in China.

09/12/2017
Urbana, IL
Child Exploitation

Shawn Shannon, 45, from Muncie, Indiana, was also ordered to pay $1,387 in restitution to the victim and must serve a lifetime of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

09/11/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation

Victor James Sporman, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. Once he completes the prison sentence, Sporman will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

09/11/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

LezFrank Vargas-Herrera, aka Christian Rivera Rios, 25, citizen of the Dominican Republic and unlawfully present in the United States, was sentenced on Sept. 11, 2017, to 181 months.

09/11/2017
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal

Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera, 52, departed from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and arrived in Mexico without incident.

09/11/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Intellectual Property Rights

Sean Gerson, 49, the owner Vaccination Services, Inc. in Lake Forest, pleaded guilty in a scheme that netted him at least $2.5 million over the past 15 years.

09/11/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Dewitt Donnell Bailey, 33, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Charlene Denise Davis, 47, Bailey’s half-sister, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

09/08/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Operational
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Vincent Didler Jean-Marie Gilbert Simonon, 32, is wanted in Belgium, for alleged intentional manslaughter in connection with the brutal slaying of his neighbor, Christiane Darimont, and the concealment of her body, sometime in late July or early August 2017.  

09/08/2017
Newark, NJ
Child Exploitation

Felix Restitullo, 42, of Jersey City, was convicted in May 2017 of one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following a two-week trial.

09/08/2017
Las Cruces, NM
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Markell Quashan Sweargin, 19, of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested in June on a criminal complaint charging him with transporting a person in interstate commerce for the purpose of forcing the person to engage in a commercial sex act. The complaint alleged that on June 14, officers of the Hobbs (New Mexico) Police Department arrested Sweargin on state charges after responding to a domestic disturbance call from a woman, who claimed that Sweargin strangled and assaulted her during an altercation arising from her refusal to engage in a sexual act with another man for money.

09/08/2017
Baltimore, MD
Document and Benefit Fraud

In August 1988, Morales entered the United States by crossing the international border from Mexico into Texas illegally. He traveled to the Washington, D.C. metro-area, where he resided and legally worked for many years. He applied for and was granted lawful permanent resident status in 1990.

09/08/2017
Fresno, CA
Transnational Gangs
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All of those charged in the federal criminal complaint are Fresno residents. They include: Carlos Montano, 27; Filibert Chavez, 35; Robin Gill, 31; Gabriel Gomez, 26; Juan Carlos Briceno, 36; Nicholas Bolanos, 25; Daniel Villanueva, 19; Gerrick Travis Tyrell Franklin, 27; Amina Padilla, 34; Robert Lockhart, 52; Idelfonso Soto, 19; Carlos Melgar, 36; Jeni Fries, 23; Cisco Hernandez, 23; Miguel Murrillo, 22; Adolfo Jesus Mendoza, 23; Jesus Melgarejo Jr., 26; and Cesar Gutierrez, 24.

09/08/2017
Atlanta, GA
Financial Crimes

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, aka Track2, aka Bulba, aka Ncux, 33, entered guilty pleas in two separate criminal cases at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern District of Georgia. Seleznev pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a racketeering enterprise related to an indictment returned in the District of Nevada, and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud as part of an indictment returned in the Northern District of Georgia.

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