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08/04/2020
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Aaron Hervey Esparza Villarreal, 27, from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, entered his guilty plea Aug. 4, in front of U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. He admitted he was part of a conspiracy that involved smuggling cocaine hidden inside a tractor trailer. Jose Contreras Rodriguez, 58, and Ernesto Yadir Martinez Campos, 39, both from Mexico and, Viviano Hernandez, 41, a U.S. citizen residing in Mexico, pleaded guilty in July of 2020.

07/27/2020
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Angelica Nohemi Reyes-Vasquez, 28, from Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jason K. Pulliam, Western District of Texas to 70 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings following her incarceration. On Jan. 21, 2020, she pleaded guilty to one count of importation of heroin.

07/20/2020
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Ukrainian nationals Maksym Nienadov, 36, and Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 33, pleaded guilty July 17 in the Southern District of Texas to conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit drugs and smuggling goods into the United States. Nienadov also admitted to introducing misbranded medicine into the U.S.

07/07/2020
Laredo, TX
Contraband
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Ruben Maldonado-Espino, 30, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, Southern District of Texas. Since he is not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his incarceration.

06/30/2020
Laredo, TX
Narcotics

Ramces Chavez-Gomez, 48, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, Southern District of Texas, to 72 months in federal prison.

06/09/2020
Pecos, TX
Contraband
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Harry George Bock II, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a scheme to illegally sell protected living rock cactus plants, following an investigation by special agents with ICE's HSI.

05/26/2020
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Jose Francisco Guerra, 80, from Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty May 26, before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, for attempting to export contraband cigarettes.

05/18/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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Lin Li, a.k.a. Aaron Li, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute at least 1,000 marijuana plants.

04/24/2020
Brownsville, TX
Contraband

Edgardo Serrano, 51, from New Boston, Michigan was charged April 24, 2020 by U.S. District Judge Ignacio Torteva III.

04/08/2020
McAllen, TX
Contraband

Jorge Alberto Ruiz-Periban, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane. As part of his plea agreement, Ruiz-Periban admitted he intended to evade the currency reporting requirement and intended to transport money he hid in a tire, on a trip from Mission, Texas, to Mexico.

03/11/2020
Seattle, WA
Narcotics
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Kenneth Warren Rhule, 26 of Bothell, Washington was arrested March 10 on an eight-count complaint charging him with operating an illegal money exchange business involving bitcoin, announced Acting SAC of ICE's HSI Seattle Eben Roberts and U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.

12/19/2019
Nogales, AZ
Narcotics
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ICE's HSI special agents and taskforce officers on BEST executed a federal search warrant late Tuesday night and discovered a tunnel along the U.S. Mexico border, seizing nearly 200 lbs. of methamphetamine, almost two pounds of white heroin, close to three pounds of cocaine, over six and a half pounds of fentanyl, in addition to arresting two individuals and seizing one vehicle.

12/17/2019
Louisville, KY
Contraband

In the past three months, the A-HIDTA Parcel Taskforce has seized more than $350,000 in illicit proceeds, large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and thousands of THC vapes that are similar in appearance to nicotine vapes.

11/25/2019
Tucson, AZ
Contraband

The final defendant in United States v. Felix-Ramirez, et al, an eighteen-defendant indictment combatting the activities of a transnational drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to prison Nov. 25, by Senior U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

10/02/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Pedro Moreno-Garcia, 48, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea on Oct. 2, in front of U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. 

10/01/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband
On Aug. 1, according to court documents, Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 51, from Mexico, arrived at the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo driving a semi-truck and trailer.
09/30/2019
San Juan, PR
Contraband

The indictment alleges that since 2013, the drug trafficking organization distributed heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana, within the two public housing projects and other areas in the southern part of Puerto Rico, all for financial gain and profit.

09/13/2019
Orlando, FL
Contraband
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Stephen Gibson, 46, was sentenced to two years; Carlo Sen, 26, was sentenced to three years; Louise Caswell, 39, was sentenced to 15 months and Rebekah Simons, 25, was sentenced to 21 months; they are all residents of Retford, Nottinghamshire, U.K.

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