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08/01/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
Brendan Clery was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for knowingly importing approximately $1.4 million in illegal hydro chlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22), following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations(HSI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division.
08/01/2011
Boston, MA
Contraband
A Nantucket, Mass., resident, was sentenced today in federal court on multiple counts of conspiracy, smuggling, and making false statements to federal agents relating to the illegal importation of sperm whale ivory which is used in the trade.
07/31/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
A husband and wife, Yuri and Anneri Izurieta, and their company, Naver Trading Corp., were sentenced on Friday for conspiring to dairy products potentially contaminated with harmful bacteria into the United States, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
07/21/2011
Washington, DC
Contraband
"Nearly 2,000 individuals have been arrested on narcotics-related charges as part of a 20-month, multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as ""Project Delirium,"" which targeted the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. "
07/20/2011
Norfolk, VA
Contraband
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More than 20 Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BESTs) exist throughout the country at major gateways to the United States like the Miami Seaport, the Southwest Border and the New York Seaport/Canadian Border. Virginia's Hampton Roads region is home to the third largest port on the East Coast - the Port of Virginia - and now, the newest BEST.
07/20/2011
Tampa, FL
Contraband
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Nineteen individuals in Florida and California were charged in Tampa Federal Court on Wednesday for their involvement in a nationwide drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracy, following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
07/20/2011
Norfolk, VA
Contraband
U.S. ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. CBP, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Virginia Port Authority, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies today announced the launch of the Hampton Roads Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which is dedicated to security at the Port of Virginia.
07/08/2011
New York, NY
Contraband
An Armenian man has pleaded guilty to racketeering in connection with his involvement in the Mirzoyan-Terdjanian Organization -- an Armenian-American organized crime enterprise engaged in a wide range of criminal activity.
07/06/2011
Buffalo, NY
Contraband

Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, of Toronto, Canada, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and forfeiture of $275,000.

06/30/2011
McAllen, TX
Contraband
Woman tried to enter Mexico with more than $270,000 hidden in teddy bears and pillows
06/29/2011
San Juan, PR
Contraband
One hundred fourteen individuals were indicted for drug trafficking by a federal grand jury on Monday. The object of the conspiracy was to distribute and supply controlled substances within the La Perla Ward housing project and numerous public housing projects, municipalities and towns in Puerto Rico for significant financial gain.
06/27/2011
Seattle, WA
Contraband
Two men, who tripped a sensor on the U.S.-Canada border on Dec. 15, 2010 and were later found to be carrying more than $650,000 in U.S. and Canadian currency, were sentenced in federal court following their bulk-cash smuggling guilty pleas. This case was investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/07/2011
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized 15 luxury watches with an approximate market value of $1 million and 16 classic and collection cars, with an approximately value of $2.2 million, this morning from members of the Jose Figueroa-Agosto - aka Junior Capsula - drug trafficking organization.
06/02/2011
Hartford, CT
Contraband
Anashe Ufumaka, 39, of New Haven, Conn., was sentenced Thursday to two years and three months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for dealing counterfeit currency and narcotics in a case investigated cooperatively with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/26/2011
Nogales, AZ
Contraband
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Local agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are investigating an incomplete cross-border tunnel reported to the Nogales Police Department Wednesday. Investigators speculate the tunnel, when completed, would have connected with the drainage system which runs below the city and extends into Nogales, Sonora.
04/27/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
Brendan Clery, 34, of Miami, pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally importing about 278,256 kilograms of the ozone depleting substance hydro chlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22), following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division.
04/25/2011
New York, NY
Contraband
Emmanuel Tavarez, 31, a former officer with the New York Police Department (NYPD) pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy charges of robbery and narcotics distribution and the use of a firearm in carrying out these crimes, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
04/25/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
Van Bodden-Martinez, A Bahamian national residing in Palm Beach County, Fla., was arrested for attempting to import spiny lobster, queen conch and yellowtail snapper which had been harvested without a permit. The arrest resulted from a joint investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), North Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin...
04/25/2011
Corpus Christi, TX
Contraband
Five members and principal leaders of an illegal drug and money transportation cell based in Brownsville, Texas, pleaded guilty on Monday to smuggling into the U.S. and transporting hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, along with millions of dollars in drug proceeds.
04/20/2011
New York, NY
Contraband
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A three-month investigation led by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into the smuggling of cigarettes from overseas through John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport has resulted in the arrest of a dozen individuals who have been charged with state tax violations and falsified business records.
04/15/2011
San Juan, PR
Contraband
Border security task force seizes more than $1.3 million at cargo facility
04/11/2011
Laredo, TX
Contraband
A former local police officer was sentenced Monday to almost 25 years in federal prison without parole for drug trafficking and using a firearm in relation to the drug trafficking offense, announced U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno of the Southern District of Texas.
03/28/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
Mark Platt, 52, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Shifco, Inc., of Hialeah, Fla.; and Northern Fisheries, Ltd., of Rhode Island, were sentenced Friday based on their earlier pleas to conspiring to mislabel seafood in a scheme through which Platt oversaw the false repackaging and labeling of 1,500 pounds of frozen chum Salmon fillets from China as from Russia...
03/25/2011
Baton Rouge, LA
Contraband
A Honduran man who attempted to distribute cocaine and smuggle firearms was sentenced yesterday to serve 78 months in prison, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
03/18/2011
Atlanta, GA
Contraband
Devon Samuels, 45, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer of Stockbridge, Ga., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to conspiring to launder drug money and attempting to smuggle guns onto an airplane.

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