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06/02/2016
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Juan Manuel Vargas-Aguilar, aka “Chacalilla,” 46, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, previously pleaded guilty for his role in two separate drug conspiracies. U.S. District Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Vargas-Aguilar June 2 for a conspiracy spanning June 10, 2011 to June 4, 2013, and for a second conspiracy that occurred Oct. 4, 2014.

05/12/2016
Sacramento, CA
Contraband

Thomas Jaime Orozco, 35, was previously convicted of serving as the leader of a methamphetamine distribution ring based in San Joaquin County. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Beck with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

04/20/2016
San Diego, CA
Contraband
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The tunnel, estimated to be more than 800 yards in length, stretches from a house in Tijuana, Mexico, to a fenced commercial lot in the Otay Mesa area, about 500 yards north of the international border.

04/15/2016
San Diego, CA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Sergio Linyuntang Mendoza Bohon, 19, was arrested in February after he attempted to smuggle nearly 1,200 counterfeit oxycodone pills into the U.S. through the pedestrian lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry. During a secondary inspection and pat down, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found the tablets along with a package containing several grams of white powder in Mendoza’s underwear.
04/13/2016
Tampa, FL
Contraband
According to court documents, from July 2009 through September 2015, Robert Lohr, 72, of Bradenton, operated a business in Bradenton known as “Canadian American Drug Club” or “American Drug Club of Bradenton.”
04/01/2016
Honolulu, HI
Contraband
Gilbert Lee Medina, 52, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Helen Gillmor. Medina was convicted by a jury last year of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Medina’s two prior drug felony convictions in California made imposition of the life sentence mandatory. There is no parole under current federal criminal law.
03/31/2016
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
Can Thanh Nguyen, 63, was found guilty Thursday of importing and bringing Asian songbirds into the United States in violation of federal law.
03/29/2016
Fresno, CA
Contraband

David Ryan Burchard, 38, of Merced, is charged in a criminal complaint with distribution of marijuana and cocaine on Darknet marketplaces, including the Silk Road.

03/24/2016
Tucson, AZ
Contraband
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to fraudulently buy firearms and ammunition in the United States, also known as straw purchases. They then attempted to smuggle the items into Mexico.
03/10/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
According to the criminal complaint, Ehbrin Castro-Correa arrived March 4 at the Pan-American Dock in a pickup truck with several dogs inside crates. At approximately 5:45 p.m., HSI special agents observed he placed six crates, each containing a dog, in the luggage drop off area before he presented his boarding pass to board the Caribbean Fantasy Ferry.
03/08/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
The arrests, which occurred Thursday, are the latest development in a long-term investigation launched in 2014 targeting a drug trafficking organization allegedly spearheaded by Erick Erives, the son of current DEA fugitive Ignacio Alfredo Erives-Martinez.
03/03/2016
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Crystal Yvette Martinez, 25, and Tina Marie Trevino, 24, both from Brownsville, were sentenced to 240 months and 75 months in federal prison, respectively.
03/03/2016
Baltimore, MD
Contraband
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On the evening of March 1, task force members observed suspicious activity surrounding a recently landed private aircraft. Following a K-9 inspection of the aircraft exterior and baggage, a search warrant was executed and several bundles of U.S. currency were recovered.
02/29/2016
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics
Josimar Badillo-Ortiz, 29, from Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced Feb. 26 by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 240 months in prison. Badillo-Ortiz’s two co-conspirators, Joel Gonzalez-Oviedo, 25, and Juan Carranza-Moreno, 31, both from Fort Worth, are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge McBryde March 25.
02/22/2016
Pittsburgh, PA
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Ameri-Source International Inc., Ameri-Source Specialty Products Inc., Ameri-Source Holdings Inc., owned by Ajay Goel and Thomas Diener, and a related import company, SMC Machining LLC, incorporated at Goel’s direction and formerly owned by his wife, imported small-diameter graphite electrodes from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These devices are columns of synthetic graphite with diameters of around 16 inches or less which are used as fuel in electric arc and ladle furnaces, such as those used in steel manufacturing.
02/19/2016
St. Louis, MO
Narcotics
Anwer Rao, 36, and Michael Lentsch, 36, both from of O’Fallon, Illinois, were each sentenced to 150 months in prison on numerous counts related to conspiracy to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts.”
02/16/2016
New York, NY
Narcotics
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The shipping container originated in Chile and was ultimately destined for Georgia after stops at several ports along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

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