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01/06/2012
Birmingham, AL
Contraband
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A federal judge in Alabama issued a forfeiture order for a Douglas AD-4N Skyraider aircraft after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) determined that it had been smuggled into the United States illegally.
12/10/2013
Birmingham, AL
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Following the initial traffic stop, a canine alerted law enforcement to the presence of illegal drugs in the luggage compartment of the bus. Task force officers subsequently conducted a search of the bus and discovered large bundles of cash hidden in three suitcases.
11/15/2012
Bogota , Colombia
Contraband
Freddy Mauricio Tellez-Buitrago and Adriana Gonzalez-Marquez were arrested today in Bogota for obstructing justice by selling sensitive and confidential U.S. law enforcement information to a narcotics trafficker, concerning prosecutions in New York. The arrests are the result of an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/27/2014
Boise, ID
Contraband
Brent R. Heinrich, 41, ordered the alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP) from China and had it shipped by FedEx to a false name and address.
07/09/2014
Boise, ID
Contraband
Robert Eoff, 31, admitted that he knowingly entered into a conspiracy with three other co-conspirators to conduct financial transactions in connection with a spice manufacturing and distribution business beginning in March 2011, according to court records.
01/10/2011
Boston, MA
Contraband
In federal court today, a Ukrainian man was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to violate smuggling laws by importing sperm whale ivory into the United States from Ukraine.
09/24/2014
Boston, MA
Contraband
Each of the individuals were charged with money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), by entering Boston's Logan International Airport with the intent to evade security procedures, and with the intent to commit a felony in a secure airport area.
10/24/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka “ecstasy” or “mollie”) and marijuana; and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Nguyen was indicted in January 2014, arrested in Canada in May 2014 and extradited to the United States in October 2016 after he temporarily surrendered to the United States.

08/01/2011
Boston, MA
Contraband
A Nantucket, Mass., resident, was sentenced today in federal court on multiple counts of conspiracy, smuggling, and making false statements to federal agents relating to the illegal importation of sperm whale ivory which is used in the trade.
04/27/2018
Boston, MA
Contraband

Melissa Sclafani, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Sclafani pleaded guilty in June, 2017 to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute and to distribute counterfeit steroids and one count of conspiracy to launder money, in the case which was prosecuted by the Office of  United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

08/29/2011
Bridgeport, CT
Contraband
Azikiwe Aquart, also known as "Z" and "Ziggy," pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of murder in aid of racketeering for his role in the 2005 murders of three Bridgeport residents.
11/06/2013
Brooklyn, NY
Contraband
Michael Slattery Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act in relation to illegal rhinoceros horn trafficking. The guilty plea follows an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
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.
08/28/2015
Brownsville, TX
Contraband
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Rosa Melendez-Jimenez, 53, from Mexico, to 78 months imprisonment. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings upon her release from federal prison.
11/17/2015
Brownsville, TX
Contraband
Derrick Hargrove, 35, from Houston, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for trafficking 4.99 kilograms of methamphetamine. His sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.
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.
08/22/2019
Brownsville, TX
Contraband

Jackeline Hortencia Ramirez, 34, of Waco, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Southern District of Texas, to150 months in federal prison.

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).
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.

07/14/2015
Burlington, VT
Contraband
Andre Clarke, 36, from Bronx, New York, was allegedly conspiring to distribute the drugs in Vermont from 2011 through June 2014. Clarke has been employed as a New York City police officer since 2002.
08/26/2011
Calexico, CA
Contraband
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continued to gather evidence Friday following the discovery of an incomplete pipeline-style smuggling tunnel Thursday afternoon. The tunnel originated beneath the floor of a vacant supermarket.
03/13/2015
Cartagena, Colombia
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In addition to the 13 arrests, 10 kilograms of cocaine were seized. It is alleged that this DTO annually distributed about two to three tons of cocaine. To date, 16 individuals have been arrested and 688 kilograms (1,517 pounds) of cocaine have been seized.

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