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07/28/2020
Seattle, WA
Narcotics

Fifteen people were arrested today throughout the Puget Sound region and in California following an 18-month investigation of a drug-trafficking organization tied to the CJNG cartel in Mexico, announced ICE's HSI acting Special Agent in Charge Eben Roberts and U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.

12/09/2016
Charleston, SC
Narcotics

The shipment of cocaine originated in Cartegena, Colombia, and was ultimately destined for South Carolina. CBP and HSI discovered the cocaine as part of its regular duties pertaining to the investigation of people and goods entering the United States.

10/23/2019
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

On April 30, 2017, Vasquez and her brother, Manuel Martinez, 40, of Saginaw, were arrested at the Anzalduas Port of Entry with about 30 kilos of methamphetamine in their vehicle. To avoid suspicion, the drugs were stashed in a load of milk and juice containers. Martinez was sentenced previously to 120 months in prison for his role in this crime.

02/06/2013
Houston, TX
Narcotics
A Mexican woman, Yessica Chanel Cabanillas-Torres, pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling nearly two kilograms of heroin in her luggage when she arrived at George Bush-Intercontinental Airport (IAH) from Ecuador.
10/16/2014
Newport News, VA
Narcotics
Twelve individuals were charged Thursday in a multi-count indictment related to the distribution of controlled substance analogues, aka Spice, among other charges. This investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from multiple local, state and federal agencies.
06/27/2016
Newport News, VA
Narcotics

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from 2008 to 2014, Jayson Mickle, 31, sold synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as “spice,” in the Hampton Roads area and, eventually, nationwide. Spice consists of plant material sprayed with ever changing active chemical ingredients often produced in clandestine laboratories in China.

08/21/2012
New York, NY
Narcotics
A Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging individuals with participating in a massive racketeering organization. These charges stem from an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
07/19/2011
Laredo, TX
Narcotics
A Chicago resident was convicted on Tuesday for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas.
04/10/2014
Cartagena, Colombia
Narcotics
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Intelligence led police to the container which was scheduled to depart from the port of Cartagena for Rotterdam, Netherlands. Investigators from the antinarcotics police detected irregularities in the paperwork, which declared that the shipment contained jarred pineapple.
12/21/2011
Laredo, TX
Narcotics
U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen sentenced Hermelinda Andrade, 46, a U.S. permanent resident living in Garland, Texas, to 120 months imprisonment, followed by a five-year term of supervised release. She is expected to be deported after she completes her prison term.
07/27/2020
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Angelica Nohemi Reyes-Vasquez, 28, from Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jason K. Pulliam, Western District of Texas to 70 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings following her incarceration. On Jan. 21, 2020, she pleaded guilty to one count of importation of heroin.

12/08/2016
Honolulu, HI
Narcotics

If convicted of the most serious charges in the indictment, the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum prison terms of 10 years. Other charges carry maximum terms of 40 years in prison. While the least serious drug offenses have maximum prison terms of 20 years. 

11/12/2019
Tyler, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Pineda, 26, from Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty July 25, 2019, to manufacturing and possessing with intent to manufacture and distribute marijuana; he was sentenced Nov. 12 to 108 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.

10/26/2014
Laredo, TX
Narcotics
Damian Hesari Mansur Jasso, 26, was sentenced Oct. 27 by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana to 135 months in federal prison. Jasso pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 10. He is expected to face deportation proceedings after he’s released from prison.
07/25/2016
New York, NY
Narcotics

Following a two week trial, a federal jury found Gregorio, 60, and Angelo Gigliotti, 36, guilty for their involvement trafficking cocaine through multiple countries. Gregorio Gigliotti was also convicted of possessing a stash of firearms in connection with the operation.

08/30/2012
Newark, NJ
Narcotics
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), along with the Spanish Guardia Civil, arrested three individuals Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, for violations of Spanish drug laws.
07/10/2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Narcotics
A Nigerian man was sentenced in federal court on Monday to more than five years in prison for smuggling heroin into the United States from India.
04/01/2014
San Juan, PR
Narcotics
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Caribbean Border Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), seized Monday 1,774 kilograms of cocaine near Dorado and arrested two Venezuelan nationals for drug trafficking.
12/06/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Theresa Zekia Shaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a controlled substance after she attempted to smuggle ecstasy pills hidden under the back seat of a vehicle driven into the United States from Canada. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
03/28/2012
Snohomish, WA
Narcotics
Federal officers and local police took 23 suspects into custody and executed multiple search warrants Thursday in an enforcement action aimed at dismantling an international drug trafficking organization operating out Snohomish County, Wash.
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. 

05/13/2019
Fresno, CA
Narcotics

U.S. AttorneyMcGregor W. Scott announced Thursday that a federal jury found Filiberto “Beto” Chavez, 37, of Fresno, guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to engage in interstate travel for prostitution and two counts of use of a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution,.

06/17/2014
St. Louis, MO
Narcotics
The manufacture of synthetic drugs is a recent development designed to circumvent traditional drug laws. This is done by creating new chemical compounds that mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana and cocaine but purport to avoid the classification of a controlled substance because of a chemical alteration. Synthetic drugs are most frequently marketed as legitimate products and sold in typical commercial outlets such as convenience stores and gas stations.
03/02/2016
Abilene, TX
Narcotics
Ruben Soliz, 24, from Abilene, Texas, had pleaded guilty in December 2015 to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Three co-defendants also charged in the case, Abilene residents, Andrew Dean Cruz, 30, and Roberto Carlos Villarreal, 31; and San Angelo, Texas, resident, Richard Louis Martinez, 27, each pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
10/16/2011
Sells, AZ
Narcotics
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Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Shadow Wolves patrol unit seized nearly two tons of marijuana on the Tohono O'odham Nation Friday.

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