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03/09/2017
Santa Maria, CA
Operational
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The gently curving coastline of California runs along the Pacific Ocean in a smooth arc except for a piece of land that juts out in a triangle pattern. That piece of coast is the location of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Santa Maria, California office.

03/09/2017
Riverside, CA
Child Exploitation

Francisco Javier Soledad, 24, was arrested by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Soledad is expected to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court.

03/08/2017
Detroit, MI
Child Exploitation

Michael Pierce, 60, of Lake Orion, Michigan, pleaded guilty last fall to three counts of production of child pornography. In March 2016, authorities served a search warrant at Pierce’s residence, seizing his computer and digital storage devices, which were found to contain at least 100 photographs and approximately 30 videos depicting child pornography.

03/08/2017
Seattle, WA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Miguel Arcef-Flores, 42, received a 40-month prison term; his brother-in-law, Angel Sandoval Mondragon, 37, was sentenced to 36 months in prison; and Arcef-Flores’ wife, Marabella Sandoval Mondragon, 38, was sentenced to 34 months in prison.

03/08/2017
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Eleno Quinteros, 45, of Chula Vista, allegedly assisted recruits with obtaining work visas to come to the U.S., and helped many of them pursue legal permanent residency in return for thousands of dollars apiece.

03/08/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Narcotics
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Jayro Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national unlawfully in the United States, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, of Phoenix, were taken into custody on state charges of possessing dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, resisting arrest and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

03/07/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation

Anthony Michael Scotti, 21, received the 168-month sentence Monday from U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez.

03/07/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

According to court documents, ZTE illegally shipped U.S.-origin items to Iran, obstructed justice and made a material false statement. ZTE simultaneously reached settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

03/06/2017
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Anderson Hickman, 33, was lawfully admitted to the U.S. in November 2015 on a temporary visa, which was later revoked.

03/06/2017
Dallas, TX
Human Rights Violators

Retired Lt. Col. Hector Alejandro Cabuya de León, 52, was arrested by special agents from HSI’s Dallas office. He is wanted in his native country on criminal charges for forced disappearance, homicide of a protected person, and weapons and ammunition trafficking.

03/02/2017
San Antonio, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jessica Rivas, 37 and Eric Job Alva, 39, from San Antonio admitted that between March and May 2015, the couple conspired to collect legal fees from incarcerated illegal aliens and/or their families under false pretenses.

03/02/2017
Cedar Rapids, IA
Human Rights Violators

In January 2016, Gervais, aka "Ken," Ngombwa was convicted of one count of unlawfully procuring, or attempting to procure, naturalization or U.S. citizenship; one count of procuring U.S. citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure U.S. citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

03/02/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Transnational Gangs

Guillermo Ruiz, known on the street as “Weasel,” 42, of Bell Gardens, was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. The case is the result of a large-scale investigation into Bell Gardens street gangs by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

03/01/2017
Miami, FL
Child Exploitation

According to court documents, Daniel John Pye, 35, of Ashdown, Arkansas, originally from Bradenton, Florida, traveled from Florida to Haiti on multiple occasions from 2008 through 2011 allegedly for the purpose of sexually abusing minor female children.

02/28/2017
Pensacola, FL
Operational
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“This is definitely one of those places at the end of the rainbow,” said HSI Pensacola Resident Agent in Charge Chad Berry. “We have a lot of history here. There are a lot of activities to do here with the beach being our crown jewel. It’s a great place to live.”
02/28/2017
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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In April 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) entered into a partnership with the U.S. Special Operations Command and the National Association to Protect Children  (PROTECT) to launch the HERO program. It was created to provide wounded, injured and ill Special Operations Forces an opportunity to receive training in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist federal agents in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. 

02/27/2017
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Hector Suarez, 44, was released from local custody Dec. 30, after being arraigned in New York County Criminal Court and released on bail. ICE filed the detainer with Manhattan Central Booking Dec. 29.

02/27/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Child Exploitation

Robert Ruben Ornelas, 66, of Santa Ana, who has a long history of abusing children, received the 2,280-month sentence from U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney. Ornelas was found guilty in November by a federal jury of seven counts – two counts of engaging in sexual conduct in a foreign place, three counts of producing child pornography, and two counts of possessing child pornography.

02/24/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, 48, was originally accused in December 2016 of 22 criminal counts, including grand theft, attempted grand theft, attempted perjury, and conspiracy to engage in the unlawful practice of law. His wife, Maria Marcelina Rodas, 54, who was also convicted in the case, was sentenced to three years’ felony probation for conspiring to violate the Immigration Consultants Act.

02/24/2017
Baltimore, MD
Management and Administration
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has participated in several NOBLE events over the past two years that have focused on three law enforcement areas: recruitment and retention, community outreach and 21st century policing and training.

02/23/2017
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal

Kelbin Perez De Los Santos, 35, wanted by the Dominican authorities for homicide, was taken into ICE custody on Tuesday.  Perez De Los Santos allegedly shot and killed a victim during a dispute in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and fled to New Jersey in 2016.

02/23/2017
Atlanta, GA
Enforcement and Removal

According to court documents, Delroy Anthony McLean, 42, threatened to “bash the head” of a federal immigration judge and also threatened the life of the judge’s husband during court proceedings. McLean was convicted of threatening a federal official after a jury trial Oct. 4-5 in Columbus.

02/23/2017
Newark, NJ
Intellectual Property Rights

Andreina Becerra, 31, a Venezuelan national, Roberto Volpe, 34, an Italian national, and Rosario La Marca, 54, an Italian national and resident of Naples, Italy, were originally charged in an eight-count indictment returned in April 2015 with importing and trafficking fake iPhones, iPads and iPods bearing counterfeit Apple trademarks, and fake camcorders bearing counterfeit Sony trademarks, as well as smuggling, structuring and international money laundering.

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