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May 9, 2022Tucson, AZ, United StatesHuman Smuggling/Trafficking

HSI Tucson investigation leads to 2 men charged with hostage taking, transportation of migrants, firearms offenses

TUCSON, Ariz. – Last week, a federal grand jury in Tucson returned an eight-count indictment against two men for conspiracy to commit hostage taking, hostage taking, conspiracy to commit transportation of illegal aliens for profit, transportation of illegal aliens for profit, and prohibited possessors of firearms and ammunition. The charges were brought out of an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The indictment alleges that from a date unknown until April 8, Mexican nationals Olegario Lares-De La Rosa, 29, and Ivan Heriberto Borboa-Ruiz, 28, conspired together to detain two undocumented noncitizens in order to compel family members to pay money as a condition for their release. The initial complaint further alleges that a relative of the undocumented noncitizens was contacted by a male who said they would be held until $8,000 per person was paid in cash. The undocumented noncitizens were released after payment was made at a Home Depot parking lot. Lares-De La Rosa and Borboa-Ruiz were later arrested and found in possession of firearms.

A conviction for the crime of conspiracy to commit hostage taking carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both. The remaining charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, or both.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Serra M. Tsethlikai, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Learn more about HSI’s mission to combat smuggling activity @HSIPhoenix.

Updated: 05/10/2022