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04/11/2018
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, aka “La Minsa,” 48, pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

04/10/2018
Bangor, ME
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Iulian Petre aka “Julian Petre,” 51, of Waterville, Maine, was sentenced following an August 2017 jury trial conviction on nine federal criminal charges including six counts of Receipt of a Firearm in Interstate Commerce and three counts of Shipment of a Firearm in Foreign Commerce. Petre, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Romania,  purchased and received firearms from out-of-state sellers intending to unlawfully export them.

04/10/2018
Chicago, IL
Enforcement and Removal
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Determining citizenship and obtaining travel documents for detained individuals is often a cumbersome process which slows the deportation of foreign nationals held in ICE/ERO custody.  The eTD system streamlines the process with participating countries by electronically providing biographic and biometric information used to determine citizenship and/or nationality for individuals.  The system also allows consular officials to review and edit electronic travel documents, which can be signed using a signature pad.  Documents can be printed locally by ICE/ERO personnel at detention facilities or field offices. 

04/10/2018
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

Sylvester Boston, Jr., was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for his role in the scheme. The defendants were charged in 2014 in a 17-count indictment for running in a large-scale Ecstasy distribution ring run from May 2013 through April 2014.

04/09/2018
Dallas, TX
Worksite Enforcement
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Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Monday presented a certificate to Rockwall County to become the first Texas county to become an “IMAGE” member.

04/06/2018
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal

Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the United States lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York. On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica. On February 26, 2009, ICE removed Greenland to Jamaica. Greenland unlawfully reentered the U.S. at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his deportation.

04/06/2018
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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HSI’s El Salvador country team led an agenda focused on cross border collaboration and joint U.S./Salvadoran efforts on the ground that included the participation of the Salvadoran Attorney General, Douglas Melendez and the Director General of the Policia Nacional Civil, Howard Agusto Cotto.  The U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Manes, and other enforcement partners, participants discussed first-hand issues of gang-violence, insecurity, economic difficulties in El Salvador and their impact on the U.S., as well as our interagency team’s continued effort to confront those problems.

04/05/2018
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation

On March 12, 2015, HSI special agents arrested Gabriel Rodriguez-Pacheco, 33, of Yauco, for persuading, enticing and coercing two female minors, 16 and 17 years of age, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, namely the lascivious exhibition of their genital areas, for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

04/05/2018
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation

John B. Alwood, 54, of Lewes, Delaware, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

04/05/2018
San Angelo, TX
Contraband
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The new “West Texas Panhandle Border Enforcement Security Task Force,” (BEST) based in San Angelo, is designed to formalize and enhance already-existing relationships with local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to combat Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO).  This latest BEST task force extends from Crockett and Sutton counties in central Texas all the way north to the southern border of Oklahoma.

04/04/2018
San Angelo, TX
Narcotics

Mateo Raymond Flores III, aka Lawrence Flores, aka Arturo Flores, aka Rogelio Cadena, aka Gordo, aka Mr. G, 49, from San Angelo, was a fugitive on state charges and living in Mexico at the time of indictment.

04/04/2018
San Juan, PR
Financial Crimes

On April 2, Carlos Efrén Reyes-Rosado, aka Farruko, 27, traveled by helicopter from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. When Reyes-Rosado filled out the CBP 6059B customs declaration form, he indicated that he was not carrying more than $10,000.

04/04/2018
New York, NY
Financial Crimes

Rodolfo Quiambao, the former President and CEO of the engineering and electrical design firm Rudell & Associates, Inc. (Rudell), was sentenced for his role in a scheme to pay bribes and kickbacks to supervisors at Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Ed) in exchange for receiving lucrative contracts and other benefits from the public utility services provider.  Quiambao was also sentenced to pay a $125,000 fine and more than $4.5 million in restitution to the IRS.  At the time of his guilty plea in March 2016, Quiambao agreed to forfeit $1 million in criminal proceeds.

04/04/2018
Springfield, MA
Narcotics

Anibal Collazo, 24, of Springfield, Massachusetts and Berney Bermudez, 39, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, were arrested Tuesday after local authorities seized a kilo of cocaine with an approximate street-level value of $80,000 in their possession.

04/04/2018
Mcallen, TX
Narcotics

Carlos Guerrero, 45, from San Juan, Texas, was sentenced March 26 by U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa to serve 240 months. The court found Guerrero to be a leader/organizer within the drug trafficking organization.

04/04/2018
Portland, OR
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

James Pepion, of Portland, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to four months in prison followed by three years supervised release for selling counterfeit Nike sneakers online and laundering his proceeds.

04/02/2018
Fort Worth, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

The jury convicted Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33, on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, four counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of possessing child pornography. Lagrone faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

04/02/2018
Fort Worth, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

The jury convicted Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33, on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, four counts of sex trafficking children, and one count of possessing child pornography. Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, one count of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 25, was convicted on one count of sex trafficking children.

03/30/2018
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Jose Santillan, 25, of Amarillo, Texas, has been in custody since his arrest in April 2017.  Santillan was convicted in December 2017, following a three-day trial, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.

03/30/2018
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Diego Morales-Ramirez, 25, a citizen of Mexico was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 120 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (50 grams or more of methamphetamine).

03/29/2018
New York, NY
Transnational Gangs
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A total of 475 individuals were arrested during this ongoing enforcement effort, most of which were confirmed as gang members and affiliates. The most prominent gangs with arrests during this operation were MS-13 with 274 arrests and the 18th street gang with 15 arrests.  This operation yielded 227 total criminal arrests and 248 administrative arrests.

03/29/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Shyniquah Lightner, 26, and Malik Hudson, 21, were charged by indictment in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to the aforementioned violations.

03/29/2018
Washington, DC
Human Rights Violators
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Milan Trisic, 55, who was residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced by Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. of the Western District of North Carolina.  Trisic previously pleaded guilty on Dec.18, 2017, to possession of unlawfully obtained documents.  Pursuant to an Order issued by Judge Coburn, upon completion of his term of imprisonment, Trisic will be transferred to ICE custody for removal to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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