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September 15, 2021
|Narcotics
Miguel Baez Guevara, 38, a United States citizen living in Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 17 counts related to his leadership role in trafficking narcotics directly from Mexico to Alaska.
September 15, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Court records show that from Aug. 2020 through Nov. 2020, Andrew J. Kerr, 32, of Corbin, Kentucky, recorded multiple videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with a minor victim.
September 14, 2021
|Child Exploitation
According to the plea agreement, Daniel Logan Brown, 24, admitted to advertising child pornography by circulating hyperlinks to online data storage accounts containing thousands of files of child pornography for others to download.
September 13, 2021
|Child Exploitation
As the result of a probe by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, Billy Edward Frederick, 51, of Redondo Beach, pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with production of child pornography for transportation into the United States and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
September 13, 2021
|Operational
The daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, 19, of Cilpancingo, Mexico, also a U.S. citizen, reached out to her mother through social media in June 2021 and the mother and daughter arranged to meet on Sept. 10, 2021, in Laredo.
September 10, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Lieutenant Commander Ronald W. Zenga, 45, of Middletown, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty on November 19, 2020, to coercion of a minor, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.
September 10, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Joseph Winslow, 54, from Fort Meade, Florida, also was ordered to serve three years supervised release after completing his sentence. Winslow pleaded guilty March 5.
September 9, 2021
|Financial Crimes
According to allegations in court documents, from about March 2018 until about September 2019, Norbert Ozemena Ikwuegbundo, 28, and Omniyi Jonathan Omotere, 35, both citizens of Nigeria, and others, engaged in the fraudulent scheme.
September 9, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Yun Zheng, a.k.a. Wendy, 50, and Yan Qui Wu, a.k.a. Jason, 48, both of Alexandria, Kentucky, were charged with four counts of concealing, harboring, or shielding a person for commercial and private financial gain, and one count of conspiracy to conceal, harbor, or shield persons for commercial and private financial gain.
September 9, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Santos DeLeon-Cardenas, 35, from Brownsville was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years supervised release. De Leon-Cardenas pleaded guilty April 29. 
September 8, 2021
|Child Exploitation
A federal grand jury charged Steve Jackson Rodriguez, 37, of Pomona, in a six-count indictment that includes four counts alleging he produced child pornography.
September 8, 2021
|Narcotics
According to court documents, Jerry Lee Bright, 62, of Marion County, Kentucky, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
September 7, 2021
|Professional Responsibility
As the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, Rudolph Petersen, 34, pleaded guilty to a single-count information charging him with bribery. 
September 7, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Jose Luis Ramos Jr., 46, was sentenced Sept. 7 to 80 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.
September 3, 2021
|Narcotics
Angel Humberto Chavez-Gastelum, 47, who was initially arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2018, in Querétaro, Mexico, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges contained in a 22-count indictment that accuses him of being the principal manager of a narcotics enterprise.
September 3, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Carlos Antonio Vasquez, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto. On April 19, Vasquez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering after his arrest on Sept. 24, 2019. 
September 2, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal
Noncitizens can create an appointment online using information found on their I-385 form, thus eliminating the need to wait on the phone or travel to an ICE office to make an appointment on a walk-in basis.
September 2, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Issac Livan Martinez, 23 and Gina Alexandria Guzman, 26, both from San Juan, Texas were charged with conspiracy and harboring noncitizens at a hotel in Pharr, Texas.
September 1, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Luis Felipe Salazar-Sanchez, 29, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Salazar-Sanchez, a non-U.S. citizen, set to face removal proceedings following completion of his sentence.
August 31, 2021
|Labor Exploitation
Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy until Dec. 31, 2021.
August 30, 2021
|Child Exploitation
On Friday morning, law enforcement executed a state search warrant at a residence on the 7200 block of SR 92 resulting in the arrest of Luis Cesar Fernandez De Castro, 35, of Sierra Vista.
August 26, 2021
|Financial Crimes
As the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, IRS Criminal Investigation and the FBI, Philip James Layfield, a.k.a. “Philip Samuel Pesin,” 48, of Las Vegas and formerly of Coto de Caza, was found guilty of 19 counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one count of tax evasion, one count of failure to collect and pay over payroll taxes and one misdemeanor charge of failure to file a tax return. Following the jury verdicts, Layfield was remanded into federal custody.
August 26, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Robert Andrew Riley, 68, from South Padre Island, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 26, in federal court to 168 months in federal prison.
August 26, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
On Nov. 4, 2020, Bray-Vazquez, a driver for the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, attempted to enter Mexico through the Nogales Port of Entry while driving a U.S. Consular vehicle.
August 25, 2021
|Narcotics
Brent Orton, 63, of Salt Lake City plead guilty to a one-count criminal information filed by federal prosecutors charging him with possession with intent to distribute Alpha PHP in June of 2021. In the plea agreement, Orton admitted to receiving a package of Alpha PHP with the intent to distribute the illegal narcotic.
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Updated: 07/26/2021