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03/11/2015
Seoul, South Korea
Contraband
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The khat, which was destined for the United States, was shipped from Kenya as henna. It is the largest seizure of khat in South Korea’s history. It is also their first prosecution for dried khat. Dried khat is an illegal substance in the United States as it contains cathinone, a controlled substance.
07/23/2013
Springfield, MO
Contraband
Jose Antonio Garcia-Gonzalez, of Branson, Mo., was charged in a two-count federal indictment alleging he trafficked in methamphetamine and illegally possessed several firearms.
02/19/2016
St. Louis, MO
Narcotics
Anwer Rao, 36, and Michael Lentsch, 36, both from of O’Fallon, Illinois, were each sentenced to 150 months in prison on numerous counts related to conspiracy to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts.”
10/19/2012
Tampa, FL
Contraband
Two individuals from California, Maria Lourdes Aguilar and Victor Yanez-Gutierrez, were each sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison Friday for their leadership roles in a California-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization. The sentences resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations...
04/13/2016
Tampa, FL
Contraband
According to court documents, from July 2009 through September 2015, Robert Lohr, 72, of Bradenton, operated a business in Bradenton known as “Canadian American Drug Club” or “American Drug Club of Bradenton.”
03/26/2013
Tampa, FL
Contraband
Oneil Martin, aka David Motta, a Jamaican national who was illegally residing in the United States, was sentenced Monday to 66 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense.
10/10/2011
Tampa, FL
Contraband
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A Tampa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to knowingly and willfully conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, and to conspiring to launder drug proceeds.
07/20/2011
Tampa, FL
Contraband
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Nineteen individuals in Florida and California were charged in Tampa Federal Court on Wednesday for their involvement in a nationwide drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracy, following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/29/2014
Tampa, FL
Contraband
Hugo Adalberto Adrian Ramirez, 42, of Ontario, California, Edgar Hurtado-Ramirez, 45, of Ontario, and Luis Fernando Mancillas Medina, 49, of Los Angeles, have been charged in Florida with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
08/11/2014
Trenton, NJ
Contraband
Jesse William Korff, 19, of LaBelle, Florida, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of developing, producing, transferring and possessing toxins, five counts of smuggling toxins and one count of conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country.
06/29/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Tuesday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Sean Player Dixon, 43. Also arrested were Ricky Manning Jr., 36; Jeneayi Manning Qualls, 34; Raymond Pro, 40; Makayla Bower, 23; Anthony Torres, 43 and; Jennifer Estrada, 39.

03/08/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
The arrests, which occurred Thursday, are the latest development in a long-term investigation launched in 2014 targeting a drug trafficking organization allegedly spearheaded by Erick Erives, the son of current DEA fugitive Ignacio Alfredo Erives-Martinez.
03/24/2016
Tucson, AZ
Contraband
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to fraudulently buy firearms and ammunition in the United States, also known as straw purchases. They then attempted to smuggle the items into Mexico.
11/25/2019
Tucson, AZ
Contraband

The final defendant in United States v. Felix-Ramirez, et al, an eighteen-defendant indictment combatting the activities of a transnational drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to prison Nov. 25, by Senior U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

07/14/2014
Tulsa, OK
Contraband
A four-count superseding indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging 11 defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States and smuggle chemicals from China, substantive smuggling charges, and a money laundering conspiracy charge. The sealed superseding indictment was filed June 9.
08/04/2015
Victoria, TX
Contraband
Lynn Denise Bilecki, 46, of Victoria, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey to 120 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Bilecki pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2014.
06/08/2014
Warsaw, Poland
Contraband
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HSI Shadow Wolves trained 12 Polish border guards, who already have experience in tracking, on instruction techniques so they can share their experience and knowledge with their colleagues.
10/27/2016
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Mansour Moghtaderi Zadeh, 56, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully export goods, technology, and services to Iran without the required license, and to defraud the United States. 

10/04/2012
Washington, DC
Contraband
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It's the stuff television shows are made of-special agents and officers apprehending and interrogating smugglers who try to sneak drugs and other contraband into the United States. In a new National Geographic television series, viewers go behind the scenes with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/31/2016
Washington, DC
Contraband
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“Operation Hyperion” was initiated by U.S. federal law enforcement, the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) and members of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, as the first step in developing a more unified global law enforcement response to the growing usage of the Darknet by individuals seeking to buy and sell illicit drugs and other illegal goods and services.

10/16/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

Dubbed “Operation Cash Extraction,” the investigation was led by HSI and spanned more than 15 years – from approximately 2000 to 2015. It resulted in the confiscation of various assets and forfeiture orders entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

03/01/2015
Washington, DC
Contraband
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BEST units in the United States gather officers from more than 100 different law enforcement agencies under one roof, ith the objective of identifying, investigating, disrupting and dismantling transnational organizations posing the greatest threat to border security, public safety and national security, by employing the full range of federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement resources.

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