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11/16/2014
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Rafael Cardenas-Vela, aka Junior, aka Commandante 900, aka Rolex, was sentenced Nov. 17 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to 240 months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 in fines. A final order of forfeiture has also been entered for a $5 million money judgment and his interest in a real property on Bluewing Circle in Brownsville, which was purchased with drug proceeds.
01/09/2018
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

On Jan. 9, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Oscar Erick Calvillo-Lores, 37, of Reynosa, Tamulipas, Mexico, to 10 years; Jose Manuel Portillo-Guerrero, 42, of Valadeces, Tamulipas, Mexico, was ordered to serve a total of 192 months in federal prison.

11/04/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Edmundo Antonio Monroy Rivera was sentenced Monday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute nearly 10 kilograms of cocaine in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
01/11/2017
Brownsville, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

The jury returned its verdict against Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez Jan. 11 after a two-day trial. Ruiz-Hernandez was initially arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported; he was later charged with alien smuggling as well.

03/14/2018
Brownsville, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Dulce Maria Rippstine, 38 from San Juan, Texas, and Juan Martin Segura-Olvera, 57, from Reynosa, Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera March 14 where both were sentenced to prison. Judge Olvera ordered Rippstine to serve 37 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release.  Segura-Olvera was ordered to serve 50 months imprisonment. Because Segura-Olvera is an illegal alien, after he completes his prison sentence, he will be transferred to ICE custody to be placed in removal proceedings.

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.
04/23/2015
Brownsville, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Carlos Funez-Ochoa, 30, was apprehended March 15, 2015, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas. The next day, he was transferred to ICE custody and taken to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Port Isabel, Texas.
12/12/2011
Brownsville, TX
Enforcement and Removal
An immigration detainee was sentenced to two years and four months in federal prison on Monday for assaulting and obstructing a federal officer. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
07/08/2011
Brownsville, TX
Enforcement and Removal
A man from Guatemala wanted for allegedly committing murder was deported on Friday by officers from U.S. ICE 's Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO). Oscar Daniel Amador-Moncada is wanted for allegedly killing a man on May 21, 2010, after getting into an argument at the victim's residence.
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.
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.

06/24/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Mexican national, Omar Quezada-Alcala, was sentenced Monday to 15 years eight months in prison for cocaine trafficking. This investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Quezada-Alcala admitted he was going to be paid to pick up a car and deliver it to an unknown location and that he had done it before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10/10/2012
Brownsville, TX
Operational
A Gulf Cartel organizer and five of his associates were sentenced Wednesday after they were convicted for bribing a public official, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
07/09/2015
Brownsville, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Christopher David Wix, 21, a former active-duty U.S. Army soldier based at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, pleaded guilty Oct. 30, 2014 to conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens.
02/08/2011
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Mexican national who drove a minivan into the United States with rocker panels loaded with cocaine was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison narcotics smuggling, announced U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno.
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.
05/17/2012
Brownsville, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Abraham Moreno-Gutierrez, a Mexican national who is wanted for homicide in his home country, was deported and turned over to Mexican law enforcement officials Thursday by ICE's Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO).
01/22/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Mexican woman was sentenced to 235 months in prison Monday for her involvement in trafficking methamphetamine into the U.S. from 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).
05/29/2019
Brownsville, TX
Professional Responsibility
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The five-count indictment was returned under seal May 28. Federal law enforcement took into custody Benito Barrientez, 42, from Lyford; Damian Ortiz, 30, from Weslaco; and Exy Adelaida Gomez, 42, from Los Fresnos, Texas.

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