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12/20/2016
Chicago, IL
Contraband

Clifford Reed, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, allegedly purchased multi-kilogram quantities of heroin from various sources in Chicago; He then allegedly mixed it with carfentanil to increase the amount of heroin he could distribute. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid listed federally as a Schedule II controlled substance.

07/29/2016
Fresno, CA
Contraband

According to the first indictment, between Feb. 1 and July 21, Christopher Martinez Sr., 45; Randy Seja, 24; Felix Gago, 40; and Christopher Martinez Jr., 23, conspired to possess and distribute methamphetamine. In the second indictment, Gilberto Zarate, 34; Jorge Calestino Alvarez-Arias, 27; Marco Mosqueda, 27; Frances Reyna, 55; Gabriel Galvan, 27; Rafael Delatorre, 32; Jose Delatorre, 22; Alfonso Esparza, 38; and Gabriel Esparza, 37, are charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and distribution of  methamphetamine. Zarate, along with Alfonso Esparza and Gabriel Esparza, are also charged with being felons in possession of firearms. The third indictment adds defendant Cecilio Alaniz, 26, and Christopher Valdez, 35, to an indictment that originally charged Jesse Mendoza, 36, and Roxana Dodier, 23.

12/27/2014
San Juan, PR
Contraband
According to the indictment, Carlos Morales-Davila, Jose Silva-Rentas, Luis Lopez-Fernandez, Jaime Serrano-Cardona, Randy Barbosa-Martinez, Julio Colon-Maldonado, Jorge Acevedo-Martinez, Francisco Pimentel-Maldonado, Alexis Sanchez-Diaz, Jose Claudio-Del Valle, Luis Santana-Mendoza, Jorge Bobonis-Rexach, Felipe Gomez-Encarnacion and Hector Orta-Castro conspired to import cocaine and heroin into the United States from Venezuela, Colombia and Dominican Republic.
07/15/2015
Dallas, TX
Contraband

Members of one conspiracy allegedly transported, or assisted in transporting, a substance represented to be cocaine on flights from DFW airport.

12/05/2012
Columbus, OH
Contraband
Columbus' recently formed Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force (BCSTF) has seized nearly $2.4 million this year in illicit proceeds from criminal organizations.
12/08/2011
Laredo, TX
Contraband
Pedro Navarro Jr., the leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering organization operating near Zapata, Texas, pleaded guilty on Thursday for his role in moving marijuana and methamphetamines and laundering proceeds from drug sales. The case is a result of a three-year investigation by various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
06/18/2015
Miami, FL
Contraband
Michael J. Hernandez, 25, from Orlando, and Jonell Philip Vega-Mercado, 19, from Clermont, were charged with conspiracy to import and possession with the intent to distribute Flakka, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
07/17/2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Contraband
A Pittsburgh resident, David Michael Spaid, was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for transporting stolen nickel from Pennsylvania to Texas. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
10/01/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Contraband
Jurors heard testimony that Marcos Garcia, 40, was a commercial truck driver.
02/11/2013
San Juan, PR
Contraband
A U.S. Virgin Islands man, Ashu Bhandari, was ordered in federal court in St. Thomas Thursday to pay $1.1 million in fines and to perform community service for his role in the illegal trade of protected black coral.
04/27/2011
Miami, FL
Contraband
Brendan Clery, 34, of Miami, pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally importing about 278,256 kilograms of the ozone depleting substance hydro chlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22), following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division.
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.

10/01/2019
Laredo, TX
Contraband
On Aug. 1, according to court documents, Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 51, from Mexico, arrived at the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo driving a semi-truck and trailer.
11/30/2015
Ft Worth, TX
Narcotics
U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Andres Silva, 36, to 210 months and Melissa Slade, 40, to 240 months in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
02/03/2015
Newark, NJ
Contraband
Carlos Manuel Quirola, aka Carlos Quirola-Ordonez, aka Manny, 58, of New Milford pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to transport stolen firearms.
01/29/2016
Fairview Heights, IL
Contraband
Matthew Short, 29, of Marion, Illinois, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 in federal court to importing a controlled substance from China (anabolic steroids).
07/28/2015
Seattle, WA
Contraband
Steven Asir Thomas, 40, of Olympia, was informed by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour that the lengthy sentence was prompted by the amount of drugs involved and the defendant’s intent to have an attorney assaulted because of a business dispute involving his nightclub.
03/02/2012
Honolulu, HI
Contraband
A former Kauai doctor has been sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison on multiple counts of illegally dispensing controlled substances following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations.
11/07/2011
Bangor, ME
Contraband
A Canadian woman who was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border, and who pleaded guilty to drug and firearm violations, was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison.
08/08/2013
Woburn, MA
Contraband

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) presented the Woburn Police Department with funds obtained from a criminal investigation into a Boston-area precious metals dealer who attempted to smuggle large quantities of gold into the United States from Canada.

02/20/2013
New Orleans, LA
Contraband
Three Mexican illegal aliens pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to eight felony charges including conspiracy to distribute 1.4 kilograms of cocaine and more than 11 pounds of marijuana following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
04/15/2011
San Juan, PR
Contraband
Border security task force seizes more than $1.3 million at cargo facility
10/29/2015
McAllen, TX
Contraband
On Oct. 29, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, accepted the guilty plea of Daniel Salvador Gomez-Reyes, 43, from Mexico.
03/18/2011
Anchorage, AK
Contraband
A Mexican national living in Anchorage was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison for drug and firearms crimes, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/02/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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Kurtis Law, 49, who also maintains a residence in Vietnam, was taken into custody by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Law is charged with smuggling goods into the U.S., a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. 

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