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02/10/2014
Del Rio, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Jesus Cardenas, 23, and Luis Cardenas, 34, both of New Braunfels, Texas, were found guilty after a three-day trial for attempting to smuggle ammunition and magazines into Mexico.
06/29/2014
Del Rio, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Carlo Lee Reyes, aka El Raton, 41, of San Antonio, was sentenced to 240 months for aiding the attempted exportation of a firearm from the United States and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Reyes' prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release and he must pay a $5,000 fine.
03/08/2013
Dallas, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Two corporate owners/operators of Signal Microsystems in Addison, Texas, a company that sold computers domestically and internationally, were arrested Thursday by members of the North Texas Counterproliferation Task Force on an indictment alleging that they illegally shipped computer equipment to Iran through Dubai.
02/18/2015
Chicago , IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Vibgyor Optical Systems Inc., a company located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, purported to manufacture optics and optical systems, including items that were to be supplied to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Instead of manufacturing the items domestically, as it claimed, Vibgyor illegally sent the technical data for, and samples of, the military articles to manufacturers in China. The company then imported the items from China to sell to its customers, including DoD prime contractors.
07/26/2012
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Andro Telemi of Sun Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty July 26 to one count of attempting to export defense articles from the U.S. to Iran without a license or approval from the U.S. Department of State, which is in violation of the Arms Export Control Act.
06/06/2017
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Guan Ying Li, 50, also known as “Henry Li,” from Hong Kong, China, pleaded guilty in 2014 to attempting to provide material support and resources to “Shining Path,” a terrorist organization designated by the U.S. Department of State. The original goal of Shining Path was to overthrow the government of Peru and replace it with a Maoist socialist system.

07/08/2015
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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Nicholas Kaiga, 37, of Brussels, Belgium, pleaded guilty in December 2014 in the Northern District of Illinois to attempting to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA); he was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
10/30/2013
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Belgian businessman Nicholas Kaiga will be arraigned Thursday on federal charges alleging he violated U.S. laws by attempting to export aluminum tubes, that were controlled for nuclear nonproliferation purposes, from an Illinois company, through Belgium, to a Malaysian company, without obtaining a required license from the U.S. Commerce Department
03/23/2018
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

A Russian man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to unlawfully export more than $100,000 in firearm parts, ammunition and accessories, including parts designed for assault rifles.

03/16/2015
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Hsien Tai Tsai, aka Alex Tsai, pleaded guilty in October 2014, admitting that he conspired with others to interfere with and obstruct U.S. regulations that seek to disrupt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Tsai, 69, was arrested in May 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia, and was later extradited to the United States, where he remains in federal custody.
08/15/2011
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Iranian national sentenced for efforts to illegally export components for the TOW missile system to Iran.
10/09/2014
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Hsien Tai Tsai, aka Alex Tsai, admitted that he engaged in illegal business transactions involving the export of U.S. origin goods and machinery. Tsai, 69, was arrested in May 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia, and was later extradited to the United States, where he remains in federal custody.
05/06/2013
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A resident of Taiwan who has been linked by the U.S. government to the supply of weapons machinery to North Korea and his son, who resides in suburban Chicago, face federal charges for allegedly conspiring to violate U.S. laws designed to thwart the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
07/02/2015
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Edwin N. Makasiar II, 44, of Lombard, Illinois, was sentenced June 30 by U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis. Makasiar, a registered nurse, pleaded guilty in December to attempting to export defense articles without a license. Makasiar admitted in a plea agreement that he illegally exported at least 32 firearms to the Philippines from 2005 to 2012.
05/31/2011
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
An Iranian national, who maintained a residence and business in California, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois to two felony charges stemming from his efforts to illegally export missile components and radio test sets from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates.
01/21/2014
Cheyenne, WY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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Roman Georgiyevich Kvinikadze, a citizen of Russia, was sentenced Friday to almost five months in federal prison (time served) for conspiracy to illegally export military-grade thermal imaging scopes to his home country.
05/11/2014
Charlottesville, VA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Bruce Schliemann, 50, of Virginia Beach, previously waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents.
12/12/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon.

05/12/2015
Cedar Rapids, IA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Ali Afif Al Herz, 50, Bassem Herz, 30, Sarah Zeaiter, 24, and Adam Ben Ali Al Herz, 22, all related to each other, and all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have each been charged with conspiracy to illegally ship a container or package containing numerous firearms and ammunition to the Middle East without notice to the shipper.
05/01/2015
Camden, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Abelardo Delmundo, 53, of Toms River, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and U.S. anti-smuggling laws.
03/13/2012
Buffalo, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Charles Wright of Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle magnesium powder used to produce countermeasure flares for the Defense Department into the United States by false and fraudulent invoices. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

02/27/2013
Brownsville, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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A member of the notorious Gulf Cartel was sentenced to five years in federal prison Wednesday following his conviction for being an alien possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney, Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.

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