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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.
06/12/2013
Houston, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Patrick Regan was sentenced to 101 months in prison for smuggling more than 300 firearms to organizations in Colombia that take over and control areas of the country by killing law abiding citizens and legitimate police officers.
02/11/2016
El Paso, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Sofia Acosta de Caballero, 34, and Edward Navarro, 29, are named in a three-count federal indictment. Each is charged with conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States. Acosta is also charged with two substantive counts of smuggling goods from the United States, and Navarro with one substantive count of smuggling goods from the United States.
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.

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.

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.
01/29/2012
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.
02/09/2014
Fresno, CA
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Ernesto Salgado-Guzman was part of a scheme to purchase more than 400 guns in Madera, and sell them to various individuals in Oaxaca, Mexico. During the probe, 85 of the firearms were seized - 54 in Mexico and 31 in Madera.
06/21/2016
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested David Krowner, 42, from Estancia, New Mexico, June 17 after a narcotics canine allegedly detected the odor of illegal drugs in his vehicle.

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.

07/13/2020
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.

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).
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).
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.
08/03/2014
Indianapolis, IN
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Alex Martinez, 41, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 39 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for making false statements to purchase firearms, and then unlawfully exporting those firearms from the United States to Honduras.
12/12/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon.

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.

07/19/2018
Indianapolis, IN
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Majd Al Helwani, 24, of Fishers, Indiana, faces four felony counts for unlawfully purchasing and possessing firearms, as well as lying on federal forms while attempting to purchase another firearm.

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.

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).
04/05/2012
San Juan, PR
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Nine of 11 individuals indicted for illegally selling firearms were arrested Wednesday in four different municipalities in Puerto Rico.
12/17/2014
Tampa, FL
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
According to court documents, Yasser Ahmad Obeid, 20, of St. Petersburg and Lebanon, and his co-defendant, Jordanian citizen Mahmoud Abdel-Ghani Mohammad Assaf, were part of a network of individuals involved in smuggling firearms from the United States to the Middle East by concealing them in vehicles purchased at used car auctions in the central Florida area, and then exporting them overseas.
03/16/2017
Nogales, AZ
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
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Gabriel Rivero, 41, appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. Senior District Judge Frank R. Zapata. At the sentencing, Judge Zapata ordered that Rivero will be subject to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

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.

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