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04/19/2017
Washington, DC
Statement

The detention of Mexican ex-Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, on April 9, 2017, in Florence, Italy, was the result of law enforcement cooperation between Mexican, Italian and U.S. authorities.

04/19/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal

Melvy Edgardo Amaya, 32, was transferred to the custody of Salvadoran immigration officials by ERO officers at Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in El Salvador. Amaya is named in an arrest warrant issued July 24, 2009, by a judge in San Salvador.

04/19/2017
Boston, MA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Boston Public Library repatriated several items of significant cultural value to the government of Italy at a ceremony Wednesday at the Boston Public Library. Included among these items were a 14th century manuscript, an illuminated page from a 15th century manuscript, nearly 200 ancient Roman coins and a book from the personal library of a 14th century Archbishop in Sicily.

04/19/2017
Newark, NJ
Operational
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When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees heard the Boys and Girls Club of Newark needed help with its new K-8 Literacy Program, they led a multiagency effort to build a library of 2,750 books for the children of New Jersey.

04/19/2017
Laredo, TX
Child Exploitation

Chad Michael Bennett, 42, from Odessa, Texas, was sentenced April 19 by visiting U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison to 120 months in federal prison.

04/19/2017
Houston, TX
Child Exploitation

Ryan Glen Colburn, 23, of Rosenberg, Texas, first came to the attention of law enforcement after he sent images of child pornography to another individual who had been arrested on child pornography charges.

04/18/2017
Newark, NJ
Operational

Alex D. Blanco, 45, of Passaic, previously pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting and accepting corrupt payments in connection with City of Passaic business.

04/18/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Victor Manuel Solorzano, 32, was convicted of the following crimes:  one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; two counts of assaulting a federal officer; and two counts of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

04/18/2017
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal

Ignacio Arellano-Banuelos, 36, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  He has been in custody since his arrest in June 2016.  Sentencing is set for July 31. Arellano-Banuelos will be deported after serving his sentence.

04/18/2017
Laredo, TX
Child Exploitation

Edwin Oland Andrus, from Cleburne, Texas, was convicted after a South Texas jury deliberated for less than two hours after a two-day trial.

04/17/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Child Exploitation

The plea agreement recommends that Ignacio Salcido Jr., 38, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, be sentenced to between 120 to 135 months in federal prison, which is to be followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.

04/14/2017
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
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Public tip helped officers capture Jose Victor Bonilla-Melendez, a previously deported convicted sex offender – and his brother, a previously deported convicted child sex offender

04/14/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Juan Carlos Quintanilla-Pineda, 31, of Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico in March 2007 and Nov. 2012.

04/14/2017
Tampa, FL
Child Exploitation

Michael Joseph Armano, 43, of St. Petersburg, was arrested April 27, 2016, by HSI special agents for child enticement, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

04/14/2017
Victorville, CA
Enforcement and Removal

Consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified about the death, as have the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.

04/13/2017
Helena, MT
Child Exploitation

Richard Charles Saari, 33, of East Helena, was sentenced April 12 to 135 months in federal prison, lifetime supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 by Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell.

04/13/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
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Bharatkumar Patel, aka Bharat Patel, 43, an Indian national who had resided in Midlothian, Illinois, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.  He also agreed to deportation following his sentence.

04/12/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics

Fernando Marte, 28, of Farmingdale, NY, allegedly abused his law enforcement position by escorting drug smugglers through CBP inspection at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in Queens.

04/12/2017
New Orleans, LA
Enforcement and Removal

Jose Raul Jasso-Moreno, 23, is wanted in Mexico for a warrant issued on Sept. 18, 2015, for murder.

04/12/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
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Juan Garica-Rendon, 38, was transferred to the custody of representatives from Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials by ERO officers at the Nogales DeConcini Port of Entry.

04/12/2017
Houston, TX
Child Exploitation

Tracey Lynn Bautista, 46, from League City, Texas, was sentenced to 112 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. 

04/12/2017
Washington, DC
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, a Pakistani citizen and former resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented migrants into the United States for profit before U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia.

04/11/2017
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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This case is part of the ongoing efforts of the HSI San Juan Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) and the AirTAT. Launched in January 2015, AirTAT is a multi-agency initiative created to identify, locate, disrupt, dismantle, and prosecute domestic and transnational criminal organizations and its operatives using the LMMIA, the Fernando Luis Rivas Dominicci Airport and peripheral airports as platforms to smuggle narcotics, weapons, human cargo, counterfeit documents and illicit proceeds.

04/11/2017
Oakland, CA
Contraband

Joseph Edward Conner, 47, of Bay Point, admitted he negotiated the sale of methamphetamine on three separate occasions.

04/11/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Diwone Noble, aka “Pooh,” 32, pleaded guilty in November 2016 to one count of sex trafficking children. Katelyn Michelle Ward, aka “KD,” 24, pleaded guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise in November 2016.  

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