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06/24/2013
Manila, Philippines
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) signed a letter of intent to establish a trade transparency unit in Manila to exchange information and promote the detection of trade-based money laundering and commercial fraud violations.
06/21/2013
Nogales, AZ
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Two Mexican men made their initial appearance in court on state felony drug and weapons charges following their arrest for allegedly possessing nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana and three firearms.
06/14/2013
San Diego, CA
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The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 criminal fine.
06/10/2013
Albuquerque, NM
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Lindsey Joe Brown II, 40, was also sentenced to serve five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.
05/15/2013
Los Angeles, CA
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In their plea agreements, both defendants admitted they purchased the horns for export overseas.
05/09/2013
Sacramento, CA
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A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against Carlos Alberto Torres-Eufracio, a Mexican national who attempted to smuggle more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. through Sacramento International Airport concealed inside two decorative wooden carts.
05/06/2013
Wilmington, DE
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Miguel A. Lavenant shipped over 50 kilos of cocaine from San Diego to the East Coast, some of which was later distributed in Delaware.
05/03/2013
Seattle, WA
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A Kent gun dealer, Mark E. Bryant, and his stepson, Andrew Gagley, were arrested Friday following their indictment on seven criminal counts related to illegal gun sales and distribution of controlled substances.
04/24/2013
San Diego, CA
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Federal authorities Wednesday announced the filing of criminal charges against seven individuals for their role in plundering and smuggling swim bladders belonging to the endangered Totoaba fish that lives exclusively in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
04/11/2013
Mobile, AL
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized more than $636,000 Tuesday after intercepting a vehicle on I-10 near Mobile en route from Atlanta to Laredo, Texas connected to a federal money laundering investigation.
04/03/2013
Corpus Christi, TX
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Seven former Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) correction officers pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a large-scale racketeering case involving the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
04/01/2013
Seattle, WA
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An Auburn man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison and five years' supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession and distribution of cocaine.
03/26/2013
Tampa, FL
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Oneil Martin, aka David Motta, a Jamaican national who was illegally residing in the United States, was sentenced Monday to 66 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense.
03/19/2013
New York, NY
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Members of a nationwide Chinese marijuana and contraband cigarette trafficking organization were arrested and charged today. These arrests follow an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/05/2013
Denver, CO
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The owner of a Colorado car dealership and his two associates were arrested Tuesday by federal agents and local officers for structuring and money laundering.
03/01/2013
San Juan, PR
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Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working together with other federal and local law enforcement partners, arrested 31 people Thursday for drug trafficking and possession of illegal firearms.
02/27/2013
Lakewood, WA
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Authorities arrested 21 suspects Tuesday following a multi-agency 'storefront' sting by the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) Task Force, which includes special agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/26/2013
Corpus Christi, TX
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A sealed indictment charging numerous defendants with racketeering violations was unsealed following their recent arrests throughout the Southern District of Texas and elsewhere. Those arrested include 17 former Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) correction officers and 12 others in relation to the case.
02/20/2013
New Orleans, LA
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Three Mexican illegal aliens pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to eight felony charges including conspiracy to distribute 1.4 kilograms of cocaine and more than 11 pounds of marijuana following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/20/2013
Baltimore, MD
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HSI special agents have seized approximately 100 pounds of marijuana.
02/14/2013
Honolulu, HI
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A Honolulu man was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple federal violations stemming from a multi-agency probe involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed he trafficked in illegal fireworks.
02/13/2013
Baltimore, MD
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Federal criminal complaints filed in the District of Maryland charge four men, initially arrested and charged in Worcester County, Md., with gun and drug violations.
02/11/2013
San Juan, PR
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A U.S. Virgin Islands man, Ashu Bhandari, was ordered in federal court in St. Thomas Thursday to pay $1.1 million in fines and to perform community service for his role in the illegal trade of protected black coral.
02/11/2013
Philadelphia, PA
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A Canadian woman, Dung Ngoc Nguyen, pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking and money laundering charges following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Nguyen admitted that she arranged to smuggle between 700 and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana into the United States.
02/08/2013
Newark, NJ
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Kujtim Lika, a former Passaic County man who has been a fugitive since 2009, made his initial court appearance Friday to face numerous charges, including narcotics and firearms trafficking, money laundering, interstate transportation of stolen property, and criminal conspiracy.

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