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09/29/2016
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

Manuel Ivan Reina-Ruiz, from Sonora, Mexico, has been sentenced to 78 months imprisonment by a U.S. District judge in McAllen.

09/23/2016
Denver, CO
Narcotics

The objective of this operation was to apply an organized, methodical approach to locating and arresting ICE fugitive aliens, previously removed aliens, removable criminal aliens, and otherwise dangerous aliens at large who are involved in transnational gangs and/or heroin trafficking organizations in Denver, Colorado.

09/22/2016
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

On Sept. 20, Carlos Castro-Noriega, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 63 months in federal prison.  Last month, Judge Fitzwater sentenced Cristina Melissa Gomez, 24, to 46 months in federal prison. 

09/22/2016
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

That superseding indictment charged Moniteveti Katoa, and the following three others, with the cocaine distribution conspiracy offense: Funaki Falahola, 34, Molitoni Katoa, 34, and Janelle Isaacs, 42.

09/07/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband

Juan C. Rodriguez-Quinones, 34, of Bayamon, was arrested by HSI special agents when TSA officers encountered 11.5 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. Another passenger, Alexander Negron-Zavala, 25, of San Juan, was arrested for allegedly carrying 5.6 kilograms of cocaine. Both men were bound to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

09/06/2016
Eagle Pass, TX
Contraband

According to court documents, from January 2009 until April 2014, the Cardona brothers used Real Street Paint and Body Shop and Michael’s residence to sell cocaine and launder drug proceeds. A search of the residences of both brothers resulted in seizing $162,795 in currency, about 160 packages of cocaine ready for distribution and five weapons.

08/31/2016
New York, NY
Contraband

A grand jury returned a superseding indictment Wednesday, adding charges against Ying Lin, a former station chief for an international air carrier (the Air Carrier), for smuggling, obstruction of justice and wire fraud. The superseding indictment also includes an earlier charge of structuring financial transactions.

08/31/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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From Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, HSI special agents and its CCSF counterparts seized 2,386 kilograms of cocaine and 1,010 kilograms of marijuana which represented one the largest seizures since the creation of the strike force.

08/30/2016
McAllen, TX
Contraband

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Felipe Rivera-Paredes, 55, to 210 months imprisonment on both counts that are scheduled to run concurrently. Since Rivera-Paredes is a not a U.S. citizen, he will be placed in removal proceedings after he completes his prison sentence.

08/29/2016
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Wilburn Harmon Jr., 45, from Springtown, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 29 to 132 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. 

08/16/2016
Nashville, TN
Contraband
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CBP’s training program at the port focuses on helping state and local law enforcement become more familiar with current trends being used by smugglers to bring people or contraband into the United States illegally. Knowledge such as this can be useful during routine side-of-the-road stops as well as in a targeted smuggling operation.

07/29/2016
Fresno, CA
Contraband

According to the first indictment, between Feb. 1 and July 21, Christopher Martinez Sr., 45; Randy Seja, 24; Felix Gago, 40; and Christopher Martinez Jr., 23, conspired to possess and distribute methamphetamine. In the second indictment, Gilberto Zarate, 34; Jorge Calestino Alvarez-Arias, 27; Marco Mosqueda, 27; Frances Reyna, 55; Gabriel Galvan, 27; Rafael Delatorre, 32; Jose Delatorre, 22; Alfonso Esparza, 38; and Gabriel Esparza, 37, are charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and distribution of  methamphetamine. Zarate, along with Alfonso Esparza and Gabriel Esparza, are also charged with being felons in possession of firearms. The third indictment adds defendant Cecilio Alaniz, 26, and Christopher Valdez, 35, to an indictment that originally charged Jesse Mendoza, 36, and Roxana Dodier, 23.

07/28/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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“This case, once more, exemplifies that those involved in the distribution of narcotics and other contraband will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said Ricardo Mayoral, acting special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “HSI thanks our federal and local federal law enforcement partners for their significant cooperation in dismantling this drug trafficking organization.”

07/19/2016
San Antonio, TX
Contraband

Marciano Millan Vasquez (aka “Chano”), 33, was convicted after a two-week trial. A federal jury convicted him on multiple drug trafficking charges, weapons charges, making a false statement to a federal official and killing while engaged in drug trafficking.

07/13/2016
San Antonio, TX
Contraband

A former police officer from southwest Texas was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine through his auto body shop. 

06/17/2016
Seattle, WA
Contraband

Jae Seon Yoon, 56, was convicted for his role in a scheme to import and distribute drug paraphernalia and other goods with counterfeit markings that made them appear to be from established suppliers. Yoon was the president or vice-president of multiple companies that did business in Washington over the years, including J&J, Inc., Smomax, Inc., and Three People Corp., which were doing business as Top Wholesale, Inc., Smomax Inc. and Cigar USA, respectively.

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