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07/24/2019
Yuma, AZ
Narcotics
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On Thursday, July 18, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Yuma special agents arrested Alejandro Escobar-Rivera, 51, and seized 221.22 lbs. of methamphetamine and 5.0 lbs. of cocaine with a combined approximate street value of nearly $4.1 million, as well as multiple cell phones, in a targeted enforcement action led by HSI.

06/06/2019
Yuma, AZ
Narcotics
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Over the weekend, HSI Yuma special agents arrested Angel Leon-Camberos, 26, and seized 527.3 lbs. of methamphetamine (approximate street value of nearly $7.2 million), 14.88 lbs. of high grade marijuana and numerous wax (marijuana extract) products with an approximate street value of $103,930, one AR-15 style rifle, one magazine, packaging materials, multiple cell phones and $15,295 in cash in a targeted enforcement action lead by HSI.

03/23/2020
Yuma, AZ
Narcotics

Contractors working on the wall project had been moving soil in the area when they uncovered plywood and boards, which agents later determined to be possible tunnel shoring. After further excavation the incomplete tunnel measured approximately 8 to 12 feet below the surface of the ground at the location of the sink hole. This is the sixth tunnel discovered in the Yuma Sector area of responsibility.

09/12/2012
Wilmington, DE
Narcotics
A South Carolina man and former captain in the U.S. Army, pleaded guilty to charges of importing heroin and possession with the intent to distribute the drug.
12/21/2011
Wilmington, DE
Narcotics
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The defendants recruited female couriers to smuggle drugs in lycra shorts and hair weaves and wigs.
06/19/2013
Wilmington, DE
Narcotics
Kelvin Cook, of Wilmington, was one of the leaders of an organization that recruited multiple drug couriers to travel to Panama in order to smuggle cocaine and heroin into the United States.
07/17/2017
Wichita Falls, TX
Narcotics

U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Juan Leonardo Tello, 50, of Dallas, Texas, to 180 months in federal prison. In May 2017, Judge O’Connor sentenced the following three co-defendants to federal prison sentences for their roles in this methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy: Jackie Eugene Clayton, 38, to 235 months in federal prison; Juan Carlos Lopez, 53, to 100 months in federal prison; and Rudy Roman Ramirez, 45, to 135 months.

07/31/2014
Wheaton, IL
Narcotics
The following individuals are each charged with one count of unlawfully manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, a Class X Felony: Luis Hernandez, 47; Jose Hernandez, 27; and Andres Hernandez, 24, all of Elgin, Illinois. Luis Hernandez is the father of both Jose and Andres Hernandez. All three were taken into custody without incident.
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.
12/18/2019
Washington, DC
Transnational Gangs

HSI Washington, D.C. marked a ten-fold increase in narcotics seizures from nearly 400 lbs. in FY 2018 to over 4,000 lbs. in FY 2019, and a two-fold increase in firearms seizures, taking nearly 100 arms off the streets of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

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.

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."
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.

10/26/2011
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. 

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.

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.
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...
05/06/2014
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.
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.

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."""

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