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08/31/2012
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Kenneth Graham of Amherst, N.Y., was arrested Thursday and charged with sex trafficking of minors. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
03/26/2012
Buffalo, NY
Operational
Tricia Griffith, 37, formerly of Niagara Falls, N.Y., admitted taking her child from a residence in Niagara Falls to Jamaica in June 2010. The defendant left the area without the knowledge of the child's father and in violation of a court order of custody issued previously by a Niagara County Supreme Court judge.
08/19/2011
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
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Roger Luczkowiak, 31, of Dunkirk, N.Y., was arrested last week based on evidence that was found on a computer that the Dunkirk Police Department had seized from his residence in June of this year.
08/11/2017
Buffalo, NY
Operational

As special agent in charge, Kelly, a 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement, supervises a cadre of special agents responsible for investigative work across 48 counties in central, western and northern New York State. 

08/23/2013
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested Georgia Bowen, a/k/a Georgia Bennett, a Jamaican citizen residing in Lackawanna, on Thursday for health care fraud, identity theft and unauthorized use of social security numbers.
12/26/2017
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal

Hebert Veloza Garcia, 50, a former leader of Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia or AUC, was deported via ICE Air Operations under escort by ERO deportation officers. Veloza Garcia was transferred into ERO custody from the Bureau of Prisons in October 2016, after serving more than eight years in federal prison. He is wanted by Colombian officials for forced displacement and threats. Veloza admitted in Colombian court that he ordered or personally participated in the killing of dozens while leading the AUC.

01/22/2014
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Parminder Sidhu from Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to export from the United States five kilograms or more of cocaine following a joint investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Peel Regional Police Service.
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.
03/05/2012
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Shawn Pound, 41, of Gowanda, N.Y., who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
01/18/2013
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Jacqueline Bontzolakes, an upstate New York woman who was convicted after a jury trial of international parental kidnaping and making a false statement on a passport application, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
03/16/2012
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Anthony Derick Howard, 45, of Hinesville, Ga., attempted to cross the border March 30, 2011, at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry in Buffalo while operating a tractor-trailer. After being pulled over for a secondary inspection, he was found to be in possession of two knives and two firearms.
10/24/2011
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal
A citizen and national of Mexico, pleaded guilty to re-entry of a removed alien. The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
03/19/2013
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation
Chad Salvatore of Alden, N.Y., was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distribution and receipt of child pornography and obstruction of justice. At the time of his arrest, Salvatore was a foster parent to a young teenage child, despite having been convicted of molesting three children when Salvatore himself was a teenager.
01/18/2018
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal

Criminal convictions of those arrested included: felony grand larceny, firearms possession, drug possession, child endangerment, abuse, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and forgery.

06/25/2018
Buffalo, NY
Enforcement and Removal

The enforcement actions were conducted in accordance with routine, daily target operations carried out by ICE Fugitive Operations Teams with the intent to arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws. The arrests took place in Albany County (14) Delaware County (3) Erie County (6) Genesee County (3) Lewis County (1) Madison County (1) Monroe County (2) Onondaga County (1) Ontario County (5) Saratoga County (2) Schenectady County (1) and Wayne County (1).

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.
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.
01/31/2011
Buffalo, NY
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Federal law enforcement agencies came together in Buffalo to discuss unified enforcement efforts to attack criminal organizations who attempt to enslave innocent victims at a public event hosted by U.S. ICE and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York at Buffalo State College.The goal of the event was to highlight human trafficking...
02/20/2018
Buffalo, NY
Child Exploitation

Daniel Huzinec, 26, of Buffalo, NY was convicted of receipt of child pornography after sharing photographs of male children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a peer-to-peer website.

08/30/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Brianne Aguinaga, of Buffalo, New York was sentenced to five years in prison for distributing a controlled substance following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/29/2012
Buffalo, NY
Human Rights Violators

The former leader of the Liberian Peace Council (LPC) who committed human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war in the 1990s was deported to his native country Friday, capping an effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to investigate the case and win the former warlord's removal from the United States.

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).
11/26/2012
Buffalo, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
An upstate New York man, Gary C. Hammer, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with trafficking in counterfeit goods. In addition, 15 websites allegedly selling counterfeit sporting merchandise were seized by federal law enforcement agents.
09/08/2011
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
A resident of North Carolina pleaded guilty in Buffalo to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with identification documents. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
02/06/2013
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Daniel Jimenez of Fort Meyers, Fla., was sentenced to time served - eight months - Wednesday for assisting his father with providing false identification documents to illegal aliens. The sentence is the result of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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