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11/12/2019
Tyler, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Pineda, 26, from Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty July 25, 2019, to manufacturing and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana; he was sentenced Nov. 12 to 108 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.

03/21/2019
Ulster County, NY
Narcotics
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Seven members of a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of crack cocaine, as well as heroin laced with fentanyl, over a two-year period, in and around the Village of Ellenville in Ulster County, New York were indicted federally following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, the New York State Police and the Village of Ellenville Police.

01/12/2011
Valencia, CA
Narcotics
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Two male Canadian nationals are in custody facing state drug charges after agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and local police executed a search warrant at a warehouse here Wednesday night and found more than 103 pounds of cocaine and approximately $2.4M in cash inside a locked safe.
01/03/2012
Ventura, CA
Narcotics
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"Ten people are in custody following the predawn interdiction Wednesday of a Mexican ""panga"" boat loaded with more than a ton of marijuana along the Ventura County coast north of Los Angeles. "
02/27/2019
Victoria, TX
Narcotics

Raul Beltran Jr., 50, and his son Edward Beltran, 24, both of Rio Grande City, Texas, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance (more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana).

05/12/2015
Victoria, TX
Narcotics
Michael Gregory Oertli, 40, of Brookshire, Texas, pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
02/26/2014
Virginia, VA
Narcotics
Seven adults were arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute smokable synthetic cannabinoids, Schedule I controlled substances, with the intent for human consumption, and drug paraphernalia following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington.
07/24/2018
Waco, TX
Narcotics

Jurors convicted Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino Chavez, 38, on one count each of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import marijuana, unlawful distribution of controlled substances (extra-territorial), conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Kiko Trevino is the nephew of Los Zetas leaders Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (Z-40) and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales (Z-42).

10/26/2011
Washington, DC
Narcotics
Six men pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to sell large quantities of crystal methamphetamine in the Washington D.C. area following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
09/16/2016
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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“Kingdom of Shadows,” a film that features ICE HSI ASAC Oscar Hagelsieb, and highlights the realities and consequences of drug trafficking along the United States-Mexican border made its national television premiere Monday, Sept. 19, on PBS. 

05/06/2014
Washington, DC
Narcotics
In an ongoing effort targeting every level of the dangerous global synthetic designer drug market, law enforcement in 29 states served nearly 200 search warrants culminating a nationwide enforcement operation on drug trafficking organizations operating throughout the country. The operation, which began in January, is called Project Synergy II.
01/30/2018
Washington, DC
Narcotics

Bradley Cobbler, 35, of Hyattsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. He was sentenced Jan. 29 by the Honorable Amit P. Mehta. Following his prison term, Cobbler will be placed on five years of supervised release.

01/13/2013
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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In the premiere episode of Extreme Smuggling, airing tonight on the Discovery Channel, former smugglers, law enforcement and military professionals will give first-hand accounts of their experiences in the ongoing war against the drug trade.
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.

05/09/2019
Washington, DC
Narcotics

U.S. District Judge Liam O’ Grady for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Arnulfo Fagot-Maximo, 58.  According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Fagot-Maximo was the leader of a drug trafficking organization based in the La Mosquitia region of the Department of Gracias a Dios, Honduras.

02/09/2014
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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"A joint operation between ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has led to the arrest of five Colombian nationals and prevented 60 kilograms of ""Black Ice"" methamphetamine, or ""meth,"" from entering Australia."
06/25/2013
Washington, DC
Narcotics
"More than 300 search warrants and 150 arrest warrants were executed Wednesday in 33 states, targeting the upper echelon of designer synthetic drug trafficking organizations. ""Project Synergy"" was announced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection."
10/04/2011
Washington, DC
Narcotics
"After the fall of drug lord Pablo Escobar, a number of cartels leapt at the chance to seize control of the Colombian drug trade. The threat of danger didn't stop ICE special agent Romedio Viola from investigating the Norte Valley Cartel and bringing its leadership to justice, as detailed in Jeffrey Robinson's recently released book, ""The Takedown."""
05/21/2012
Washington, DC
Narcotics
Gregory Joel Sitzmann, a drug trafficker believed to have been operating since at least the 1980s, was convicted by a jury Monday of a federal drug conspiracy charge for his role as the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring that operated at least 14 years out of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Bahamas...
07/25/2012
Washington, DC
Narcotics
More than 90 individuals were arrested and approximately five million packets of finished designer synthetic drugs were seized in the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense...
05/28/2013
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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Spice, as it is commonly called, is frequently branded as incense or potpourri and, although the label says that it's not intended for human consumption, it is often used as synthetic marijuana. The use of this dangerous synthetic drug can lead to agitation, confusion, hallucinations, vomiting, heart attacks, comas and death.
10/27/2017
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner led today’s briefing, where he announced that HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center will expand its efforts to offer investigative support and dark net training to state, local, and international partners. Benner also discussed plans to enhance training focused on illicit payment networks and financial transactions associated with fentanyl smuggling and distribution.

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