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08/16/2016
Nashville, TN
Contraband
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CBP’s training program at the port focuses on helping state and local law enforcement become more familiar with current trends being used by smugglers to bring people or contraband into the United States illegally. Knowledge such as this can be useful during routine side-of-the-road stops as well as in a targeted smuggling operation.

03/28/2017
San Antonio, TX
Contraband

Eduardo Hinojosa, aka “Lalo,” 49, a U.S. citizen residing in Piedra Negras, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses March 28 to 78 months in federal prison. Judge Moses also ordered Hinojosa to pay a $3,000 fine and to be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after he completes his prison term.

09/24/2015
Chicago, IL
Contraband
Joseph T. Palermo, 33, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, imported anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and pharmaceuticals from outside the United States for about five years, according to a federal criminal complaint and affidavit. According to these charges, the shipments from China arrived in the form of raw liquid or powder, which Palermo manufactured into usable steroids and distributed to large-scale dealers in the Chicago area.
05/03/2012
Baltimore, MD
Contraband
A Washington, D.C., man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles, following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/30/2011
McAllen, TX
Contraband
Woman tried to enter Mexico with more than $270,000 hidden in teddy bears and pillows
02/26/2015
Seattle, WA
Contraband
Melquiades Garcia Gonzalez, 29, of Kent, was arrested May 20, 2014, when he attempted to deliver 3 kilograms of heroin to undercover officers in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Kent. When investigators moved in to make an arrest, Garcia Gonzalez fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed, court records state.
09/12/2013
Seattle, WA
Contraband
Victor Berrelleza-Verduzco, 24, pleaded guilty in April to multiple conspiracy counts related to distribution of controlled substances, money laundering, robbery and possession of firearms.
01/28/2016
Corpus Christi, TX
Narcotics
The indictment against Deandre Bennett, 57, of San Bernardino, California, was returned Jan. 28. This is believed to be the largest-ever seizure of methamphetamine in the Corpus Christi Division.
10/20/2016
Quito, Ecuador
Contraband
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With much of the timber bound for processing plants and consumer markets in Mexico and the United States, INTERPOL’s Project Leaf has been working to strengthen law enforcement responses in the region through increased intelligence sharing and support for transnational investigations.

07/14/2015
Newark, NJ
Contraband
Bernardo Guzman, 27, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty on April 7, 2015, to possessing firearms while being a previously convicted felon.
06/28/2017
San Juan, PR
Contraband

On June 26, a Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft detected a 25-foot boat traveling southbound without navigation lights approximately 22 nautical miles north of Loiza.

01/10/2011
Boston, MA
Contraband
In federal court today, a Ukrainian man was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to violate smuggling laws by importing sperm whale ivory into the United States from Ukraine.
12/12/2011
San Juan, PR
Contraband
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the U.S. Marshals, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) and the Dominican Republic National Police (DRNP), arrested one of the most notorious drug traffickers Friday in the Caribbean Basin in the Dominican Republic.
03/22/2018
Norfolk, VA
Contraband

Two Newport News men have been sentenced this week to a combined 87 months in prison for distributing heroin, including on the property of a local elementary school. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

10/07/2014
Detroit, MI
Contraband
Authorities arrested Faru Fernandez-Igua, 48, and Monica Evangelista-Laos, 30, late last week after they attempted to enter Canada at Port Huron's Blue Water Bridge.
02/27/2013
Lakewood, WA
Contraband
Authorities arrested 21 suspects Tuesday following a multi-agency 'storefront' sting by the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) Task Force, which includes special agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
08/27/2012
Anchorage, AK
Contraband
A Hong Kong-based jewelry exporter and supplier to a U.S. cable shopping network pleaded guilty Friday to customs fraud charges and faces nearly $2 million in fines and restitution in a scheme discovered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Regulatory Audit Unit and investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/26/2011
Nogales, AZ
Contraband
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Local agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are investigating an incomplete cross-border tunnel reported to the Nogales Police Department Wednesday. Investigators speculate the tunnel, when completed, would have connected with the drainage system which runs below the city and extends into Nogales, Sonora.
03/13/2015
Cartagena, Colombia
Contraband
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In addition to the 13 arrests, 10 kilograms of cocaine were seized. It is alleged that this DTO annually distributed about two to three tons of cocaine. To date, 16 individuals have been arrested and 688 kilograms (1,517 pounds) of cocaine have been seized.
01/31/2014
Dallas, TX
Contraband
Nicholas Todd Freed, 39, was arrested this week by a task force officer assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), after it was discovered Freed was claiming packages containing anabolic steroids from a postal center in Dallas.
11/23/2015
Fort Worth, TX
Contraband
A North Texas man was sentenced Monday to 240 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
09/07/2012
Philadelphia, PA
Contraband
A former airline employee was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Friday after smuggling more than $150,000 on a commercial carrier from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Dominican Republic.
04/20/2011
New York, NY
Contraband
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A three-month investigation led by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into the smuggling of cigarettes from overseas through John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport has resulted in the arrest of a dozen individuals who have been charged with state tax violations and falsified business records.
04/15/2015
Sacramento, CA
Contraband
Harminder Phagura, 35, an officer with the Yuba City Police Department, and Gursharan Phagura, 39, of Yuba City and Roseville, were arrested based on a criminal complaint accusing them of conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; and use of a communication facility in narcotics trafficking activity.
03/06/2014
Madison, WI
Contraband
Aneudy Benitez-Martinez, 33, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced March 6 in the Western District of Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman sentenced Benitez-Martinez to 21 months in prison for illegally re-entering the US after having been previously deported, and for being an illegal alien unlawfully possessing a firearm.

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