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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. "
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
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.

11/15/2019
Boston, MA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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HSI Boston acting Special Agent In Charge Jason J. Molina joined U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling, Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI, Boston Field Division, Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, and Lawrence, Mass. Police Chief Roy P. Vasque in announcing the results of the operation at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. federal court building in Boston Nov. 15.

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.
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.

03/09/2011
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
ICE HSI and ATF agents executed arrests warrants on March 8, after the filing of sealed criminal complaints charging Patrick Regan, 40, and his Colombian-born wife, Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Arias, 25, with conspiracy, smuggling goods from the United States and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
08/03/2014
Fresno, CA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Rudy Alberto Gonzalez Rocha, 29, and his brother, Eloy Damian Gonzalez Rocha, 33, both of Jalisco, Mexico, were previously convicted in federal court of being aliens in possession of firearms.
02/02/2011
Raleigh, NC
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment Wednesday charging, Steven Neal Greenoe, 37, a U.S. citizen from Raleigh, with the illegal export of firearms from the United States to the United Kingdom.
01/25/2015
McAllen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Emilio Padilla, 24, of Taumalipas, Mexico, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Randy Crane to 21 months in federal prison.
10/24/2017
Portland, ME
Narcotics

Adam Davis, 37, of Rockland, Maine, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to illegally importing the synthetic opioid U-47700, also known as “Pink” or “U4,” and to illegally possessing a firearm while being a user of a controlled substance.

12/08/2011
San Antonio, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A South Texas resident was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Friday for his role in an illegal firearms straw-purchasing conspiracy. The investigation was conducted jointly by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
08/19/2012
Laredo, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Robert Jacaman Sr. and Veronica Jacaman were arrested Monday after an 11-count federal indictment charged them with illegally selling firearms and ammunition they knew were destined for Mexico. This investigation is led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
01/29/2012
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Manuel Gomez Barba was sentenced on Monday to eight years and four months in federal prison for illegally exporting firearms, one of which was used to murder ICE HSI Special Agent Jaime Zapata in February 2011.
08/28/2018
McAllen, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Alexis Lopez, 21, from Roma, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 28 by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane to 51 months in prison. The sentence was enhanced as the court took into consideration the fact that Lopez recruited and directed three straw purchasers to purchase a total of four .50 caliber rifles on his behalf.

03/21/2018
Lubbock, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Eddie Estuardo Galindo-Mendez, 43, a Guatemalan citizen, was charged last week in a related federal criminal complaint with one count of bank robbery. He was in federal custody on other charges at the time the complaint was filed.

10/24/2011
Las Cruces, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Gabriela Gutierrez of Columbus, N.M. was indicted on Friday for allegedly conspiring with her husband and others to purchase firearms in the United States knowing that the weapons were intended to be smuggled into Mexico.The five-count indictment resulted from an investigation led by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
11/06/2013
Newark, NJ
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Matthew Crisafi, 38, of Hampton, was arrested by HSI special agents on a federal criminal complaint charging him with three counts: the unlicensed sale of firearms; smuggling of firearms from the United States to an overseas destination; and conspiring to commit money laundering in connection with firearms trafficking activities.

02/07/2012
San Antonio, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Two San Antonio men have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a firearms straw purchasing and trafficking operation.
10/31/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband
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Ali Afif Al Herz, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts that included the following crimes: conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, conspiring to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce, conspiring to commit money laundering, violating the Arms Export Control Act, and possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of a crime of domestic violence.

12/17/2018
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Xiangyu Zhang, 22, a resident of La Marque, Texas, illegally remained in the United States two years after his temporary visa expired.  He came to law enforcement’s attention in July 2018 when he threatened to use firearms to kill school children during an internet chat session on the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Crisis Line.  Zhang is a not a U.S. veteran.

12/08/2016
Mcallen, TX
Contraband

Dimas Rodriguez, 44, and Jose Gertudis Partida, 71, both appeared before U.S. Magistrate Micaela Alvarez Dec. 8 ordered Rodriguez and Partida to serve 70 and 30 months in federal prison, respectively.

04/10/2018
Bangor, ME
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Iulian Petre aka “Julian Petre,” 51, of Waterville, Maine, was sentenced following an August 2017 jury trial conviction on nine federal criminal charges including six counts of Receipt of a Firearm in Interstate Commerce and three counts of Shipment of a Firearm in Foreign Commerce. Petre, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Romania,  purchased and received firearms from out-of-state sellers intending to unlawfully export them.

07/20/2011
Raleigh, NC
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Ramadan Rama was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for failing to notify a commercial carrier of a firearm and exporting defense articles without a license, following an investigation by U.S. ICE 's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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