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01/12/2011
Harlingen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) on Tuesday seized 15 AK 47 assault type rifles that were discovered hidden inside a pickup truck.
08/15/2012
Gulfport, MS
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Two North Carolina men, Jose Luis Santos-Garcia and Javier Molina, have been sentenced to federal prison sentences for attempting to export arms and ammunition to Mexico, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Jackson County Interdiction Team.
08/21/2018
Corpus Christi, TX
Narcotics

Moises Alvarado, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges May 16, 2018. On Aug. 21, Alvarado was sentenced to 108 months for the synthetic cannabinoid offense, as well as a 120-month consecutive term for discharging a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Following his prison term, Alvarado must also serve three years of supervised release. 

08/16/2016
Chicago, IL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Upon execution of the search warrant, a large cache of weapons, including fully automatic firearms and live hand grenades, were discovered inside the storage unit. The Kane County Sherriff’s Bomb Squad was summoned to the scene to secure the grenades. Further investigation identified the renter of the storage unit as 31-year-old Juan Mexicano of Addison, Illinois.

10/25/2016
Newark, NJ
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Joshua Craig Rowling, 18, of Richmondville, New York, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of possession of a silencer.

12/14/2017
Laredo, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Ruben Arnoldo Madrid, 21, from Laredo, was sentenced Dec. 14 by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  On June 2, 2017, Madrid pleaded guilty for his role in smuggling firearms into Mexico.

11/09/2011
Fresno, CA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Seven defendants have been indicted on federal criminal charges for their alleged role in a central California firearms trafficking ring suspected of smuggling several hundred guns to Mexico over a three-year period.
10/10/2012
Las Cruces, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Four more defendants were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for their roles in a firearms straw-purchasing and trafficking operation. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/19/2012
McAllen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Yahir Ricardo Garcia-Matias, the leader of a large straw-purchasing ring who was responsible for the purchase of more than 200 firearms, is now headed to prison. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
09/11/2015
Jacksonville, FL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
“As our nation remembers the attacks on our nation 14 years ago, this arrest and investigation highlight the cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement, ensuring the safety of our citizens,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for the Miami Field Office of ERO.
03/14/2019
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Xiangyu Zhang, an illegal alien from China residing in La Marque, Texas, was sentenced to 61 months in federal prison on March 14; he received 37 months for the firearms conviction, and a mandatory consecutive 24 months for identity theft.

11/30/2016
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics
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Jeffrey Burlingame, 59, was arrested in February 2016 on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The complaint alleged that Burlingame committed the crime Feb. 24, 2016, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

03/23/2018
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

A Russian man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to unlawfully export more than $100,000 in firearm parts, ammunition and accessories, including parts designed for assault rifles.

08/29/2011
Las Cruces, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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The owner of 'New Deal Shooting Sports' and his family allegedly sold firearms and ammunition knowing they would be smuggled into Mexico.
04/09/2012
Eagle Pass, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Two brothers were arrested Tuesday for allegedly smuggling more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and hundreds of firearm magazines into Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman, Western District of Texas.
02/28/2013
El Paso, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Hector Ayala, 49, former owner of Uniforms of Texas, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term, and to perform 200 hours of community service.
05/15/2012
San Jose, CA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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"Twelve suspects were taken into custody Tuesday in the culmination of a long-term probe dubbed ""Operation Middle Man"" targeting a Bay Area-based heroin trafficking ring by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Justice-led South Bay Metro Task Force. "
06/24/2013
Laredo, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
During this investigation, no firearms were permitted to be exported to Mexico.
02/12/2016
El Paso, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Francisco Roberto Esquibel Jr., 34, from Albuquerque, was charged in a criminal complaint filed June 11, 2015, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The complaint alleged that Esquibel unlawfully possessed a stolen firearm at his residence in Albuquerque on June 10, 2015.
12/19/2016
Seattle, WA
Narcotics
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The federal agencies combined efforts to arrest Luis Venancio Cueto-Ruiz, Leonardo Mateo Cueto-Ruiz, and Gilberto Ulloa-Aguirre Dec. 14 in Everett following a probe into their drug trafficking organization, which is believed to be linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. Bail is set at $250,000 each for the three defendants.

05/21/2018
Corpus Christi, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Eduardo Ignacio Reyes, 41, from Corpus Christi, Texas, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking after authorities seized a loaded 9mm handgun and a safe in his bedroom, which contained about 430 grams (15.1 ounces) of cocaine, $2,000 and 9mm ammunition.

07/19/2011
Tucson, AZ
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Jesus Francisco Lopez, 35, was convicted following a jury trial April 21. Evidence at the trial showed that between October 2009 and December 2010, Lopez purchased several hundred thousand rounds of various calibers of ammunition.
04/28/2011
Honolulu, HI
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Federal agents executed two search warrants here Friday morning and arrested Gifford Chang, 44, of Honolulu in connection with an ongoing fireworks smuggling investigation tied to a deadly explosion in a storage bunker earlier this month in Waikele Gulch. The agents were with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)...
02/18/2014
Laredo, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
After obtaining the ammunition, Garcia-Ugarte left the parking lot and was pulled over by a Laredo Police Department (LPD) patrol officer for a traffic violation. The officer reported Garcia-Ugarte spoke only Spanish and did not possess a driver's license or any identification.
12/19/2016
Wichita, KS
Enforcement and Removal

A Mexican woman was sentenced in federal court Monday to time served for unlawfully possessing a firearm connected to a Kansas homicide.

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