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07/27/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

According to United States Attorney Office, Brett Lamar Heinbach, 38, between March 8, 2016 and April 9, 2016, conspired with other individuals to distribute methamphetamine throughout Schuylkill County. During the conspiracy, Heinbach possessed multiple firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number.

07/22/2020
Pittsburgh, PA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

United States Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania, HSI Pittsburgh, and FBI Pittsburgh announced Wednesday the creation of a new anti-human trafficking coalition, Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now), comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.

07/20/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

The 16-count indictment, returned July 8 and unsealed today, named Jacob Kolonis, 27, of Duncansville, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

07/16/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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Guatemalan national Fredy Alvarado-Calderon, 39, entered the United States at an unknown location without admission or parole by an immigration officer.

07/15/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

David Paul Robinson, 31, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with numerous offenses including the rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, manufacturing and dissemination of child abuse material, and other related charges. 

06/17/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Operational

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is currently in federal custody and had her initial appearance in federal court yesterday. The government will be filing a motion for the defendant to be detained pending trial.

06/15/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

In 2019, Vladimir Penda, a crew member who worked on board the shipping vessel MSC Gayane as the ship’s fourth engineer, conspired with others to engage in bulk cocaine smuggling.

05/27/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Gabriel Prisecaru, 43, a citizen of Romania, is currently wanted by Romanian law enforcement authorities for a Nov. 25, 2014, conviction for criminal association, skimming and illegal financial operations. Vasile Florian Grutoiu, 38, a citizen of Romania, is currently wanted by Romanian law enforcement authorities for refusal to submit to an alcohol blood test.

05/21/2020
Pittsburgh, PA
Child Exploitation

The five-count indictment, returned May 19, named Jackson Curtis Martin, III, 44, and Amanda Michelle Downs, 28.

05/19/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Investigators found the video of the infant, which was created in 2010, while preparing for Zweitzig’s sentencing hearing in a separate child exploitation case filed by this Office. In that previous case, Zweitzig was charged in May 2019 with five counts of manufacturing and attempted manufacturing of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

05/05/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

Seven leaders of a drug trafficking organization distributing crack cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Indiana County, Pennsylvania were arrested and charged federally with drug trafficking, following an investigation by the FBI, ICE's HSI, Indiana County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Southwest Pennsylvania Safe Streets Task Force, Indiana Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

05/04/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation

Mark Allen Hillis, also known as “Daddy” and “Denverpolice#666,” age 57, is alleged to have met a minor through social media and then directed her to produce and send him graphic images of child pornography via text messages.

04/24/2020
Philadelphia, PA
COVID-19
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HSI recently launched Operation Stolen Promise to protect the homeland and global supply-chain from the increasing and evolving threat posed by COVID-19-related fraud and criminal activity by combining HSI’s expertise in global trade investigations, financial fraud, and cyber investigations with robust private and public partnerships.

03/05/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

ERO Philadelphia arrested Eduardo Coc-Sep in Philadelphia without incident. He remains in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings before a federal immigration judge.

02/19/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

On Jan. 13, 2006, Kirk Odain Anthony Golding, 26, was admitted into the United States in New York as a non-immigrant visitor with authorization to remain in the United States until July 12, 2006; however, Golding failed to depart the United States as required.

02/18/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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On May 24, 2009, Travas Anthony Vassell, 30, was admitted into the United States in New York on a non-immigrant visitor with authorization to remain in the United States until Nov. 23, 2009; However, Vassell failed to lawfully depart the United States as required.

01/31/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
The 36-year-old Mexican national has had numerous encounters with local law enforcement and has been arrested at least six times since 2018, for offenses including simple assault, disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another, aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and failure to appear.
01/23/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

ICE ERO removed Eldar Rezvanov on Jan. 16, to his home country of Kazakhstan via commercial aircraft.

01/21/2020
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ana Molina, 56, owned and operated Ana Molina & Associates, a/k/a Molina Multilegal Services, on Castor Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, through which she falsely claimed to be an attorney (or at times a paralegal) who could obtain lawful immigration status for them from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

12/23/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

ICE ERO removed Sergio Leonardo Ruchtein Dec. 18, to his home country of Argentina where local authorities took him into custody. Ruchtein entered the United States on March 20, 2019 through Miami, Florida as a nonimmigrant.

12/20/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Five of the criminal aliens apprehended were previously released by the city of Philadelphia due to the sanctuary city policies. The crimes of these individuals ranged from multiple DUIs to possession and intent to distribute Heroin, as well as violating U.S. immigration law.

12/19/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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Juan Ruiz-Espinosa is wanted by the government for homicide, sexual assault of a minor in the Dominican Republic.

12/16/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Miguel Meza-Fuentes was removed from the United States to Honduras via ICE Air.

11/29/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Hector Moran-Espinoza was arrested April 2, by the Philadelphia Police Department for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, statuary sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense, corruption of minors, indecent assault-without the consent of other person, reckless endangerment of another person, rape by forceable compulsion, sexual abuse of children-photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, and aggravated indecent assault without consent.

11/25/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Ervin Urrutia-Sagastume was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department Nov. 12 for sexual abuse against children, including photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of an instrument of crime. That same day, ICE’s Philadelphia Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodged an immigration detainer on Urrutia, but local law enforcement released him onto the streets, without notifying ICE. It took a week for ICE to locate and apprehend this individual.

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