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01/06/2013
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
A Niagara Falls, N.Y., man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to possess, with the intent to distribute, 100 kilograms of marijuana. The man faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
01/14/2015
Buffalo, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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HSI special agents arrested Marcellus Overton, 39, after he was charged federally with sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.
11/16/2011
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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A former lawful permanent resident, who was once an enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, was deported Wednesday to Panama. He had killed two people during a 1977 hostage standoff at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The man was escorted from Buffalo, N.Y., to Panama by officers with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
10/18/2016
Buffalo, NY
Worksite Enforcement

The men charged in the complaint were Sergio Ramses Mucino, 42, Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, 37, and Marguin Sanchez, 22, all of Buffalo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

11/24/2014
Buffalo, NY
Operational
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The members of ICE’s Buffalo SRT are no strangers to dealing with adverse situations, training to protect our country and ensuring public safety, but they’re the first to admit, tackling the extreme snow here is a challenge — a challenge so demanding, the Buffalo ICE Field Office Director Michael Phillips authorized deployment Nov. 20 of the SRT to assist the Erie County Emergency Command Center in humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of the monster storm.
12/21/2011
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Yusef Alhakk, aka Joseph Daniels of Buffalo, N.Y., who was an ICE top ten most wanted fugitive before his capture on Dec. 30, 2010, was convicted for receipt of child pornography and sentenced to 120 months in prison. The sentence is the result of an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
04/09/2014
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
ICE HSI Buffalo is to be commended for bringing together law enforcement officers from all levels of government to investigate these serious issues for our country.
10/05/2016
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Juan Macario Bautista-Martinez, 23, was transferred by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers to the custody of representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office at the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry. Bautista-Martinez is charged in an arrest warrant issued in 2012 with a double homicide committed in Oaxaca, Mexico, in April 2010. 

07/10/2012
Buffalo, NY
Financial Crimes
A federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a 62-count Indictment charging 32 defendants with participating in a large scale international loan fraud scheme. The alleged scheme targeted more than 2,000 victims across the United States, and obtained millions of dollars. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations
10/27/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
An upstate New York man who was convicted of possession and distribution of a controlled substance was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release. The sentence is the result of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
12/12/2016
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Frigid temperatures and snow gusts were no obstacle for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Buffalo honor guard team who presented the colors during the national anthem Sunday at the Buffalo Bills game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

09/28/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
An upstate New York woman who was convicted of conspiring to import ecstasy, was sentenced to time served, nine months home detention on electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release.
09/27/2012
Buffalo, NY
Contraband
One officer and a former officer with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRP), and an associate are in custody in Canada Thursday following an investigation into a cheese smuggling scheme. The investigation is being conducted by members of Buffalo's Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST).
11/21/2012
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Riyadh Almadrahi pleaded guilty Wednesday to food stamp fraud, after an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/15/2016
Buffalo, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Julio Francisco Alvarado was turned over to ICE in Buffalo, New York, Oct. 9, 2015, after U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered him at the Rainbow Bridge. CBP officers re-instated an earlier issued deportation order against Alvarado, who had a prior removal in 2004.
02/26/2008
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
Eleven fugitive operations teams made 225 arrests in: New York, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri. Of the 52 aliens arrested by ICE's Buffalo Fugitive Operations Team, 21 were fugitives, and 22 were aliens with criminal convictions. The arrests took place in Binghamton (30 arrests) and Syracuse (22 arrests).
09/15/2013
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
According to the complaint, since June 2012, members of the organization used a source of supply located in China to obtain significant quantities of Methylone, as well as several other synthetic substances. Methylone is a stimulant ... known commonly as MDMA or ecstasy.
07/06/2011
Buffalo, NY
Contraband

Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, of Toronto, Canada, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and forfeiture of $275,000.

11/28/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
An upstate New York woman who was convicted of conspiring to import Ecstasy was sentenced to three years of probation and six months home detention with electronic monitoring. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/27/2012
Buffalo, NY
Human Rights Violators
Zeljko Savija was arrested and charged with using fraudulent immigration documents. Savija failed to disclose certain military service in the armed forces of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. The charge is the result of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/12/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Two men were arrested and charged with possession, distribution and importation of oxycodone into the United States. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million. Joseph Julien, 56, of Stevensville, Ontario, and Kevin Hinca, 20, of Depew, N.Y., have both been charged.
04/03/2017
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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When he is not working on his ERO field operations team, Szwed and his beloved German shepherd, Nitro, are volunteers for the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Paws for Love program in Buffalo, New York.

04/16/2008
Buffalo, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The 11 suspects were taken into custody at the following locations: six in the Western District of New York, one in Bradford, Pa, two in W Va., and two in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
12/07/2011
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
A citizen and national of Mexico, Valentin Cruz-Santos, was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to the charge of illegal re-entry after deportation. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/22/2011
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Gregory Davis of North Tonawanda, N.Y. pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography due to 100 images and 60 videos of child pornography found on his computer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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