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January 26, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Ryon Travis, 39, was convicted of production of child pornography and sex trafficking after a jury trial in July 2022. Travis was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman.
January 25, 2023
|Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, Ana Maria Hernandez, 53, portrayed herself to be a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) employee and defrauded more than 20 victims by providing them the false pretext that she would process their immigration applications for a substantial fee.
January 25, 2023
|Management and Administration
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. recognized five special agents and one group supervisor from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service Jan. 19 during the 2022 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Awards in Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2023
|Child Exploitation
A federal court convicted Christopher William Kuehner, 38, of Bremerton, Washington, Tuesday, while co-defendants, Jacob Royce Mullins, 20, of South Webster, Ohio; Kyle William Leishear, 43, of Bayonet Point, Florida; and Matthew Martin, 25, of Lancaster, Wisconsin pleaded guilty to their roles in the enterprise.
January 25, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
New Hampshire State Police arrested Ronal Rodriguez-Fuentes, a 40-year-old Honduran citizen, for vehicular violations. At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez was the subject of an active criminal warrant in Honduras for human trafficking charges.
January 25, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
Officials removed Mendez Gomez via ground transportation with assistance from ERO Harlingen, turning him over to Mexican authorities at the port of entry in Brownsville, Texas. 
January 24, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
On Jan. 19, officers with the ERO Harlingen fugitive operations team arrested Carlos Mauricio Zavala, a citizen of El Salvador, in Edinburg.
January 24, 2023
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The symposium coincided with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Wear Blue Day. More than a dozen law enforcement agencies, nongovernmental organizations and community partners participated.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Dakotah James Gilmore, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI Kansas City Taekuk Cho and United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Aaron Joseph Kearney, 50, of Lincoln, to 13 years imprisonment for possession of child pornography on Jan. 20.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI Kansas City Taekuk Cho and United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that a jury found Dalonte Foard, 25, of Omaha, Nebraska, guilty Jan. 24 after a four-day trial in federal court for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking following an HSI and law enforcement partner investigation.
January 23, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Javier Alejandro Parada, 36, used a social media account to share nearly 35 files containing child sexual exploitation material in a group chat between Dec. 31, 2020, and Jan. 2, 2021, according to court documents.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal, Transnational Gangs
Gerber Membreno-Portillo, 22, has an active arrest warrant in El Salvador for the crime of aggravated terrorist organizations (MS-13) against the public peace and security of the state.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE’s Air Operations Unit coordinated a flight for Juan Pablo Gonzalez Ferrer, 48, from the Harrisburg International Airport to Louisiana’s Alexandria International Airport Jan. 10. On Jan. 11, authorities flew him to the Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
ERO officers transported Carlos Mario Zacarias-Jimenez, 39, from the South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall to the port of entry in Laredo. Officers turned Zacarias over to Mexican authorities without incident.
January 20, 2023
|Narcotics
Hector Ruiz, 30, received the four-and-a-half-year sentence Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for his part in a multistate drug trafficking conspiracy with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
January 20, 2023
|Transnational Gangs, Narcotics
Reyna, Coleman and Martinez are documented La Quarenta gang members.
January 19, 2023
|Financial Crimes, Enforcement and Removal
ERO Miami, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Giovanni Radu, a 22-year-old citizen of Italy who entered the United States as a nonimmigrant and violated the terms of his admission. ERO Miami detained Radu in Royal Palm Harbor.
January 19, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
On Dec. 14, Tenescalco-Mejia entered the United States by climbing over the border wall near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Immigration officials arrested him and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He remained detained at the El Paso Processing Center until his removal Jan. 18.
January 19, 2023
|Child Exploitation
United States District Judge James D. Cain Jr. sentenced Garrett Michael Faulk, 25, to 21 years and 10 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Cain also sentenced Faulk to pay restitution in the amount of $3,000.
January 18, 2023
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced Hector Hernandez, a 40-year-old Falfurrias resident, to 66 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hernandez pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 21.
January 18, 2023
|Organized Crime
The investigation revealed that Bryan Contreras-Avalos aka “Anonimo,” “Humilde” and “Malia,” is a member of the notorious street gang known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and participated in at least three murders.
January 18, 2023
|Narcotics
Kailey Olson, 30, of Sioux City pleaded guilty Jan. 12 in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
January 17, 2023
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Edgar Garcia-Torres, 22, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. citizen, Garcia-Torres is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment.
January 17, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Ian Fried, 57, received the lengthy prison sentence at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Jan. 13.
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Updated: 07/26/2021