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08/31/2016
San Juan, PR
Contraband
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From Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, HSI special agents and its CCSF counterparts seized 2,386 kilograms of cocaine and 1,010 kilograms of marijuana which represented one the largest seizures since the creation of the strike force.

02/11/2016
Dallas, TX
Narcotics
Four federal criminal complaints, partially unsealed Feb. 11, charge a total of 50 individuals with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and/or 500 grams or more of cocaine. Thirty-six of those defendants were arrested in the Feb. 10 operation, five were already in custody at various locations on unrelated state charges, and nine have not yet been arrested.
09/22/2017
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Wayne Douglas Burnet, 64, from San Antonio, was sentenced Sept. 22 by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who ordered Burnet to serve 37 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. Judge Sparks also ordered Brunet to forfeit his 1969 Piper PA-30 Comanche aircraft, $5,400 in U.S. currency, and about $3,000 worth of prepaid cards seized by law enforcement.

03/08/2016
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
The arrests, which occurred Thursday, are the latest development in a long-term investigation launched in 2014 targeting a drug trafficking organization allegedly spearheaded by Erick Erives, the son of current DEA fugitive Ignacio Alfredo Erives-Martinez.
12/16/2015
Fort Worth, TX
Contraband
Michael Bentley, 34, Jessica Judge, 35, and Billy Bullitt, 45, were sentenced on Monday to 200 months, 180 months, and 121 months, respectively, in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty this past summer to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
09/18/2015
Dallas, TX
Narcotics
Irineo Ramos, 32, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 210 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The following four co-defendants also pleaded guilty to that offense and were sentenced to federal prison: Juan Carlos Cruz; Carlos Wences Castaneda; Pablo Ramirez Gallegos; Ismael Perez.
10/17/2016
Denver, CO
Narcotics

Filip Lucian Simion, 23, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix Oct. 17. Three others were also indicted for importing controlled substances and money laundering.

12/16/2015
Scranton, PA
Contraband
A grand jury in Scranton indicted Wyatt Robert Yanney, 24, for allegedly ordering and obtaining shipments of the synthetic misbranded drugs, commonly referred to as “bath salts” by mail from China in August 2015 for use and distribution in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and in New York.
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.

12/19/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, was sentenced and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.  Nguyen had previously pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka ecstasy, or “mollie”) and marijuana and one count of money laundering conspiracy. 

09/05/2019
Salt Lake City, UT
Narcotics
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Aaron Michael Shamo, 29, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, was found guilty after a jury trial of his peers found he orchestrated the import and distribution of fentanyl from China. Shamo faces a potential mandatory-minimum life sentence for his actions.

01/20/2014
Newark, NJ
Narcotics

Jesse William Korff, 19, of LaBelle, was arrested by HSI special agents on a federal criminal complaint charging him with two counts: the possession and transfer of a toxin for use as a weapon; and smuggling goods from the United States.

06/06/2016
Seattle, WA
Narcotics

Brian Farrell, 27, of Bellevue, was arrested in January 2015 for conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine following a probe by the Seattle-Tacoma Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST Seattle), which includes HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

10/24/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka “ecstasy” or “mollie”) and marijuana; and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Nguyen was indicted in January 2014, arrested in Canada in May 2014 and extradited to the United States in October 2016 after he temporarily surrendered to the United States.

04/02/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Cyber Crimes

Three people accused of being part of an international drug trafficking ring are in custody on federal charges alleging they used the Darknet to obtain drugs and offer narcotics for sale, and then shipped pound quantities of methamphetamine to buyers in the Philippines, New Zealand, Poland and other foreign destinations.

12/10/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics
According to the indictment, the conspiracy existed from March 2014 to October 2015 and was led by Jorge Balbuena, who supplied wholesale amounts of heroin, cocaine, crack, and other controlled substances to other wholesale drug distributors, and street dealers.
02/14/2018
Tyler, TX
Narcotics

On Feb. 14, following a three-day jury trial, Conrado Depaz Arellano, 48, illegally residing in Carthage, Texas, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.  Additionally, on Feb. 12, 2018, Arellano pleaded guilty to being illegally in the United States after having been deported.

08/12/2016
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Jose Guerrero, aka “J.D.,” 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to serve a total of 425 months in federal prison.

12/08/2015
St. Paul, MN
Enforcement and Removal
Malam Mane Sanha was sentenced May 22 to 36 months imprisonment following a guilty plea for conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism; conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States; conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC); and conspiracy to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles.
10/08/2015
Denver, CO
Narcotics
Some illicit marijuana grow operations were located in multiple residences and outbuildings; many others were located on federal land, causing environmental damage that may take years to repair. In every case, these marijuana grow operations were illegal under federal law and unlicensed by state authorities under Colorado’s marijuana regulatory system.
07/21/2020
Las Vegas, NV
Enforcement and Removal

Pedro Morales-Carrillo, 32, a native and citizen of Mexico, known by law enforcement to use at least four aliases, pleaded guilty in March to one count of being a deported alien found in the United States.

04/09/2020
Phoenix, AZ
Narcotics

Consuelo Stephanee Pena, 29, and on March 16, Dulce Avilene Gonzalez-Rosillo, 24, both of Phoenix were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa and U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes, respectively, for their participation in their illegal activity.

12/17/2019
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

A State Grand Jury indicted 11 individuals accused of shipping illegal drugs and contraband across the country through the United Parcel Service (UPS); collectively the defendants face 48 felony counts, including money laundering, transportation of marijuana for sale, transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, misconduct involving weapons, and illegally conducting an enterprise.

03/27/2019
Seattle, WA
Narcotics

Qifeng Li, 41, his wife Xiamin Huang, 38, and brother Qiwei Li, 45, all face a mandatory minimum five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on June 18, 2019.

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