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Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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Initially begun as a pilot initiative in 2013, the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative, or HERO Corps, program has now trained more than 100 former U.S. military members in computer forensics and law enforcement support of online child sexual exploitation cases. In May 2015, the President signed the HERO Act into law, which formalized the program within ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center.

Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
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NCMEC honored HSI Special Agents Christopher Neville, Henry Cook and Eli Bupp for their race against the clock to stop the sexual abuse of five young girls who were being photographed and had their images posted online. The agents used advanced technology, extensive man hours, and clues found in the images of abuse to identify and locate the children hundreds of miles away. The children were rescued and the abuser arrested.

New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Alexey Barysheff, 36, along with his cohorts Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, is charged with acquiring sophisticated military and satellite technology on behalf of Russian end-users. 

San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
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The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, HSI San Juan Acting Special Agent in Charge Ricardo Mayoral, as well as heads of federal, state and local agencies attended the event providing their personnel and equipment for the exhibits that followed the Internet safety presentations. According to the participating agencies, cyber safety education not only aids in prevention, it also frequently generates valuable case leads.

Springfield, MO
Child Exploitation

Michael V. Lucas, 31, of Springfield, Missouri, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. This indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Lucas Sept. 21.

New Orleans, LA
Child Exploitation

Darion Veal, 21, of Gray, previously admitted during his guilty plea in December 2015, that he received and distributed child pornography. 

Seattle, WA

Brian Farrell, 27, of Bellevue, was arrested in January 2015 for conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine following a probe by the Seattle-Tacoma Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST Seattle), which includes HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

Fresno, CA

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.

New York, NY

Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," was sentenced Friday in federal court to life in prison in connection with his operation and ownership of Silk Road, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement between January 2011 and October 2013.

New York, NY
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Blake Benthall, 26, aka “Defcon” was arrested Thursday in San Francisco, California in connection with his operation and ownership of the Silk Road 2.0 website, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement. He will have an initial hearing Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

Las Vegas, NV
Financial Crimes

David Ray Camez, 22, also known as "Bad Man" and "doctorsex," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Camez was convicted on Dec. 6, 2013, of one count of participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization. In addition to his prison term, he was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $20 million in restitution.

Newark, NJ

Jesse William Korff, 19, of LaBelle, was arrested by HSI special agents on a federal criminal complaint charging him with two counts: the possession and transfer of a toxin for use as a weapon; and smuggling goods from the United States.