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06/19/2012
Brownsville, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Two local men living in Mexico were sentenced to years in federal prison Tuesday for exporting about 3,000 rounds of ammunition to Mexico without a license. The investigation of Guillermo Enrique Villarreal and Leoncio Sanchez was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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.
01/30/2013
Brownsville, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Former Rio Hondo, Texas, police officer Armando Duenez pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to illegally export firearms and failure to appear. Duenez admitted purchasing more than 15 semi-automatic rifles that were later sold in Mexico.
05/13/2013
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A jury convicted Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon Sept. 28, 2012 following seven days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
04/28/2011
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
The owner of a local dollar supermarket and two of his employees were arrested on Tuesday, after a federal grand jury indicted the three men for food-stamp fraud, and other charges.
11/18/2011
Brownsville, TX
Contraband
The criminal enterprise, known as the Gulf Cartel, was headquartered in Matamoros, Mexico, and allegedly imports, warehouses, transports and distributes tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States.
04/23/2012
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
A member of the notorious Gulf Cartel, Juan Carlos De La Cruz Reyna, pleaded guilty to bribing a public official in an attempt to ensure safe passage to Mexico after he was released from federal prison. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the FBI and the Brownsville Police Dept.
07/12/2011
Brownsville, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A convicted ammunition smuggler was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 11 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, and attempting to export ammunition into Mexico.
09/20/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Julian Luna-Nieto pleaded guilty Friday to methamphetamine trafficking and witness tampering. This investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).
10/11/2016
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Humberto Reveles, 61, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen. Judge Hanen also ordered Reveles to serve three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay restitution of $198,795 to 144 victims of the scheme. In handing down the sentence, Judge Hanen noted this scheme was just as bad as coyotes smuggling people into the United States.

06/15/2017
Brownsville, TX
Child Exploitation

Howard William Halverson, from South Padre Island, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography Nov. 29, 2016.

01/17/2012
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
The owner of a south Texas grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison for defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamp fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
08/16/2011
Brownsville, TX
Child Exploitation
Robert Hedrick, president of the Brownsville-based Pan American Airways, was indicted by a Texas grand jury on multiple child pornography-related charges earlier this week. The investigation was conducted by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
11/15/2011
Brownsville, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Rogelio Serrano-Lara from Matamoros, Mexico, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison for his role in an alien smuggling/transportation conspiracy. His sentence was increased after witnesses testified that he robbed them and raped a woman. The case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/21/2011
Brownsville, TX
Operational
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ICE Director John Morton's remarks from the funeral of special agent Jaime J. Zapata
01/08/2013
Brownsville, TX
Financial Crimes
Domingo Quesada-Hernandez was convicted Tuesday of bulk cash smuggling after he pleaded guilty to evading a currency-reporting requirement in his attempt to conceal $610,535 in a vehicle while trying to smuggle the money into Mexico.
02/27/2013
Brownsville, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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A member of the notorious Gulf Cartel was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday following his conviction for being an alien possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney, Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
11/05/2015
Brownsville, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Ruth Fernanda Morales-Lopez, 33, of Brownsville, was sentenced Nov. 5 by U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle to 34 months in federal prison. Judge Tagle also sentenced Esteban Castro-Medina, 41, to 18 months; Alfredo Prieto-Garcia, 44, was sentenced to 47 months for his convictions of conspiracy to bring in and transport aliens, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
12/28/2008
Brownsville, TX
Transnational Gangs
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Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, 19, a citizen of Mexico, was turned over to Mexican officials on the Brownsville International Bridge at approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday. Garcia-Hernandez, a member of the "Houstone" street gang in Houston, Texas, was arrested December 11 after ICE received word that Mexican authorities were seeking him.

03/11/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A notorious south Texas Gulf Cartel 'Plaza Boss' pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in a long-term drug conspiracy, announced U.S Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
07/05/2017
Brownsville, TX
Child Exploitation

Issac Gonzalez, 62, from Los Fresnos, Texas, appeared before U.S. District Judge, Rolando Olvera who ordered Gonzalez to serve 78 months in prison July 5 to include a life time of supervised release. Judge Olvera also ordered Gonzalez to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet, to include registering as a sex offender for life. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the charges April 4.

05/22/2012
Brownsville, TX
Financial Crimes
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Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, a Mexican businessman from Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, was indicted Tuesday following a multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. This indictment stems from a long-term investigation targeting alleged money laundering activities inside the United States.
06/14/2017
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

Following a two-day trial and after about two hours of deliberation, Martin Araiza-Jacobo, a U.S. permanent resident who resided in Matamoros, Mexico, was convicted of conspiracy to possess and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as well as conspiracy to import and importation of methamphetamine.

02/01/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Pasadena, Texas man, Roberto Bahena-Garcia, was charged Jan. 25 with federal firearms and drug trafficking violations in an investigation being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
01/21/2015
Brownsville, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Raul Ramirez-Martinez, 36, a previously deported illegal alien from Queretaro, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen to 120 months on each of the charges, to be served concurrently. As an illegal alien, he is expected to face deportation proceedings after he’s released from prison. Ramirez-Martinez pleaded guilty to the charges in May 2014.

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