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06/14/2019
Seattle, WA
Child Exploitation
Christopher Scott Newcombe, 35, has worked as a music teacher in a variety of public and charter schools in the Puget Sound region. Currently, he is an elementary music teacher in the Renton School District.
06/13/2019
Houston, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Marquis Holmes, 28, from Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty June 13 to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by means of force, fraud and coercion; two counts of transportation to engage in prostitution; and two counts of enticing and coercing another to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution.

06/12/2019
San Francisco, CA
Human Rights Violators
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This FGM outreach was implemented by HSI agents located in the Bay Area with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the airport. This is a part of a nationwide HSI effort, educating individuals and families about FGM while seeking to identify and help victims and arrest perpetrators of this crime.

06/12/2019
Springfield, MO
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Leng Lee, 35, of Sarcoxie, Missouri, was charged in a three-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The superseding indictment replaces an initial indictment returned on May 7, which charged Lee with being a felon illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.

06/12/2019
Boise, ID
Document and Benefit Fraud

According to court records, while living in California, Gloudina and Chantelle Robbertse devised and executed a scheme to defraud the CEDD. They continued the scheme when they moved to Idaho in April 2017.

06/11/2019
Chicago, IL
Enforcement and Removal

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following 14 countries:  Benin (1), Cuba (1), Ecuador (3), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (26), Honduras (7), Jordan (1), Mexico (92), Micronesia (1), Moldova (1), Nicaragua (1), Poland (1), Saudi Arabia (1) and South Korea (1).

06/11/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The IPR Center conducted 339 foreign and domestic intellectual property rights and commercial fraud training events in FY 2017, reaching 14,258 participants. Domestic training events included the IPR Center’s Counterfeit Awareness, Mitigation, Identification, and Reporting Training.

06/11/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband

Alfredo Aguilar Jr, 30, and co-defendants Cristen Nicole Cano, 29, and Cristal Hernandez, 23, were sentenced June 11 by U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle. Judge Tagle sentenced Aguilar to 240 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Cano and Hernandez were each sentenced to 60 months. Cano and Hernandez must serve two and five years of supervised release, respectively. Aguilar, Cano and Hernandez are from the Texas towns of Harlingen, Combes and San Benito, respectively.

06/11/2019
New York, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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Claudius English, 45, was convicted June 10 in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) for multiple counts of sex trafficking minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors as young as 8 years old, kidnapping of a minor, and using a firearm to commit the kidnapping.

06/11/2019
Seattle, WA
Child Exploitation

Ty Lee Treddenbarger, 54, of Burien, Washington, pleaded guilty in October 2018, admitting he photographed and saved images of his molestation of minor victims between the ages of 13 and 16.

06/11/2019
Phoenix, AZ
Child Exploitation

Raymond Luis Peltier, 43, of Surprise, will also serve a consecutive term of lifetime probation upon his release from prison, and will have to register as a sex offender.

06/10/2019
Nogales, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
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On Nov. 15, 2000, the Criminal Judicial Branch in Sinaloa, Mexico, issued a warrant against Arturo Lopez-Mendez (a.k.a. “El Mocho”), 45, for the offense of rape. On June 18, 2018, Mexican authorities notified ERO Phoenix that Lopez-Mendez was subject to an outstanding arrest warrant on rape charges.

06/10/2019
Laredo, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Samuel Vasquez-Morales, 18, from Mexico,  pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to transport illegal aliens from China and Brazil within the United States.

06/10/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Yassin Muhiddin Aref, 38, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for seven counts relating to material support of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

06/10/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Child Exploitation

Christopher Clay Roman-Tuttle, 33, now of Spokane, Washington, who also uses the name Christopher Clay Tuttle, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson. Once he completes the prison sentence, Tuttle will be required to register as a sex offender and will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

06/10/2019
Sacramento, CA
Child Exploitation

Aaron Reed, 30, of Rocklin, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison today for sexual exploitation of children, receiving child pornography, and transferring obscene material to minors.

06/10/2019
Seattle, WA
Child Exploitation

Nicholas Shreck, a 41-year-old Seattle, Washington man, was found to be in possession of images of sexual assaults of children and was sentenced to 70 months in prison and 20 years supervision.

06/07/2019
Scranton, PA
Enforcement and Removal

Patrick Owusu, 42, a citizen of Ghana, will be removed once he has completed his sentence.

06/07/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Professional Responsibility

Shant Ohanian, 36, of Pasadena, entered his plea on Thursday before U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who scheduled a September 12 sentencing hearing. Ohanian faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

06/07/2019
Corpus Christi, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Authorities arrested Ivan Dario Puga-Moreno, 23, of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on June 6, 2019, in Houston, Texas. He made his initial appearance June 10 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo in Houston.

06/07/2019
El Paso, TX
Enforcement and Removal
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John Ford, 38, who had a final order of removal to Canada, was escorted by ERO officers from El Paso to Houston International Airport, where he boarded a commercial flight, which the officers verified departed directly to Ontario, Canada.

06/06/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently named Steve Francis as the new assistant director of the HSI-led Global Trade Investigations Division (GTID) and director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

06/06/2019
El Paso, TX
Worksite Enforcement
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Carnitas Queretaro was certified as an IMAGE member and becomes the eighth El Paso business to join IMAGE; Garufa Argentinian Restaurant is on its way to complete the process to become a full member.

06/06/2019
Yuma, AZ
Narcotics
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Over the weekend, HSI Yuma special agents arrested Angel Leon-Camberos, 26, and seized 527.3 lbs. of methamphetamine (approximate street value of nearly $7.2 million), 14.88 lbs. of high grade marijuana and numerous wax (marijuana extract) products with an approximate street value of $103,930, one AR-15 style rifle, one magazine, packaging materials, multiple cell phones and $15,295 in cash in a targeted enforcement action lead by HSI.

06/06/2019
Tucson, AZ
Child Exploitation

Daniel Courville, 43, of Tucson, was indicted by a federal grand jury March 23, 2017, for one count of knowingly accessing child pornography depicting sexual abuse of pre-pubescent minors paving the way for his arrest March 28, 2017.

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