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12/28/2011
McAllen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
"Manuel Tijerina-Herrera, a U.S. permanent resident residing in McAllen, Texas, was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for possessing an unregistered silencer and for his leadership role in a weapons ""straw purchasing"" ring."
01/25/2011
Seattle, WA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A federal jury convicted a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, on five counts related to the trafficking and illegal possession of firearms, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
09/26/2017
St. Charles, IL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Kane County (Illinois) State’s Attorney Joe McMahon alleges in charging documents that Ira A. Burdine, 40, from Zion, Illinois; Dana J. Prouty, 46, from Kenosha, Wisconsin; and Favio Velazquez, 38, from Columbus, Ohio, intentionally and unlawfully provided false information — and affirmed that he or she was not acquiring firearms on the behalf of another person — to collectively purchase 29 shotguns and .50-caliber rifles.

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.
12/07/2011
Brownsville, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A 14-count indictment was partially unsealed Thursday revealing narcotics and firearms charges against two Houston residents. Rigoberto Vargas-Munoz and his nephew, Edgar Munoz-Munoz, are Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States that were involved in a long-term narcotics conspiracy.
01/30/2012
Brownsville, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Two South Texas men, Guillermo Enrique Villarreal and Leoncio Sanchez, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to illegally exporting about 3,000 rounds of ammunition to Mexico without a license. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
03/04/2012
Minneapolis, MN
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Minneapolis resident Fabian Patricio Lojano-Lojano was sentenced to two years in federal prison Monday for smuggling AK-47 assault rifle components to Paraguay. Lojano-Lojano admitted that on June 23, 2010, he dropped off a package at a UPS station in Minneapolis. He said the package contained t-shirts, but it actually contained parts for AK-47s.
07/13/2020
Detroit, MI
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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HSI Detroit seized the internet domain “http://lafoauto.com/” pursuant to an international arms-trafficking investigation. HSI determined that more than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts.

08/29/2016
Albuquerque, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Trinidad Gallegos, 47, was arrested in July 2015 on an indictment charging him with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon; he was also charged with being a felon in possessing a firearm and ammunition Aug. 20, 2014, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

11/02/2017
San Antonio, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Julian Prezas, 37, from San Antonio was sentenced Nov. 2 by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia to 200 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and he must pay a $600 special assessment fee.  On Dec. 12, 2016, Prezas pleaded guilty to five counts of making a false statement during the purchase of firearms and one count of attempting to export into Mexico defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List without obtaining a license or written authorization.

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.
09/22/2011
Hartford, CT
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Richard Sleeva waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession of a stolen firearm stemming from his possession of stolen firearms silencers. The plea is the result of an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
07/19/2011
El Paso, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A fourth person charged in a firearms-trafficking case pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday following a multi-agency investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/15/2012
Gulfport, MS
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Jose Luis Santos-Garcia, a resident of Winston-Salem, N.C., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiring to smuggle munitions to Mexico, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, the Jackson County Criminal Interdiction Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
08/30/2018
Denver, CO
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

A jury found Katherine O'Neal, 43, guilty of smuggling goods from the United States on March 6, 2018. O'Neal was acquitted on other counts alleging false information on firearm-purchase forms and money laundering.

09/15/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Operation “Black Phoenix” resulted in seven indictments that were issued earlier this year by a federal grand jury. The indictments charge a total of 25 defendants, 18 of whom were arrested this morning, and four of whom were already in custody.

02/23/2018
Fairview Heights, IL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

On Nov. 7, 2017, Edwin Vergara-Cedillo, 32, pleaded guilty to two federal charges: illegal re-entry after deportation, and possessing a firearm by an illegal alien.

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.
03/27/2018
Chicago, IL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Tobias Diggs, 24, of Chicago, Marvon Hamberlin, 39, of Chicago, and Joshua McClellan, 29, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, are charged with robbery and robbery conspiracy; transporting stolen goods; and using, carrying, and brandishing firearms during a crime of violence.

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.
05/11/2011
San Antonio, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A federal grand jury indicted a man and a woman on Thursday with conspiracy to possess machine guns, possessing machine guns, and smuggling goods from the United States in connection to a undercover buy conducted in April 2011.
06/26/2012
Plano, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Eleven north Texas residents were indicted for their roles in a scheme to smuggle firearms to Mexico.
12/06/2016
McAllen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Those arrested include Celin Javier Montoya, 23, Anthony Ozuna, 20, Alfredo Rivera, 24, and Pedro Vega, 40, all of Edinburg, Texas; Noe Gonzalez, 19, of San Juan, Texas; and Jonathan Sanchez-Torres, 19, an illegal alien from Mexico who was residing in Pharr, Texas.

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