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June 7, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Michael David Mathisen, who pleaded guilty in October 2020, has past convictions in 1984 and 1994 for sexually molesting children under the age of nine.
June 7, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Wilver Jose Polanco Alvarez, 26, residing in Miami, and Jose Eduardo Gomez Salas, 25, residing in New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Both appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones.
June 4, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Cecilio Gonzalez-Espino, 31, was convicted of multiple felony methamphetamine charges in California in 2011. As a result of his prior convictions and undocumented status, Gonzalez-Espino is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
June 3, 2021
|Narcotics
HSI and CBP, OFO, have identified the increased use of social media platforms such as Facebook, by TCOs, to recruit and facilitate drug smuggling in the El Paso area. The TCOs advertise various jobs such as money couriers for money service businesses such as Casas De Cambio, or money exchange houses, and unsuspecting job seekers reply with their interest to the advertisement. The solicitor, or “recruiter,” will then send a direct message to the job seeker with more information about the job.
June 3, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal
Jose Arevalo-Inestroza, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri, a Honduran national who is unlawfully present in the U.S., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on June 2, to five years in federal prison without parole.
June 3, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
A two-day undercover operation involving HSI and multiple Tennessee local and state law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of six individuals accused of seeking illicit sex from minors.
June 3, 2021
|Child Exploitation
According to documents on file with the court, Preston Andrew Watson, 30, of Scott County, Tennessee, duped, extorted and threatened minors located in the United States and abroad to obtain sexually explicit images from them.
June 2, 2021
|National Security
According to court documents, Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams, 20, of Seattle, was arrested as he prepared to board an international flight following a lengthy investigation into his efforts to join ISIS.
June 2, 2021
|Narcotics
David Ray Shaver, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth. Shaver faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release.
June 2, 2021
|Narcotics
Jesus Camacho-Luque, 31, of Arizona, was sentenced by the Washoe County District Court after pleading guilty in April. Based on the sentenced received, Camacho-Luque must serve a minimum of seven years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
June 2, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, Contraband
On June 1, four arrest warrants and eight search and seizure warrants were carried out in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian authorities, while one arrest warrant for a U.S.-based TCO member was simultaneously executed in Orlando, Florida by HSI Miami and HSI Orlando as part of Operation Iron Tire.
May 28, 2021
|Narcotics
During the multi-year probe, dubbed “Operation Tragic Blow,” law enforcement seized multiple kilograms of heroin and cocaine, including a 14-kilogram cocaine seizure in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood and a two-kilogram heroin seizure in a high-rise apartment building in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood. 
May 28, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeals court’s ruling May 24, 2021, allowing the illegal reentry of a defendant in a case that could drastically change prosecutions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
May 28, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Kais Mohammad, a.k.a. “Superman29,” 37, of Yorba Linda, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, the result of an investigation by HSI Los Angeles, IRS Criminal Investigation and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
May 26, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Jorge Armando Lopez-Espinoza, 42, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez. Lopez-Esponza previously pleaded guilty Nov. 25, 2020.
May 26, 2021
|Labor Exploitation
The current extension includes guidance for employees hired on or after Jun. 1, 2021, and work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) until they undertake non-remote employment on a regular, consistent, or predictable basis, or the extension of the flexibilities related to such requirements is terminated, whichever is earlier.
May 26, 2021
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The return of the lintels to Thailand marks the culmination of a three-year probe by HSI Bangkok, HSI San Francisco, and subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Calif., that resulted in the City of San Francisco’s forfeiture of the sacred artifacts that had been on exhibit at the city’s Asian Art Museum.
May 24, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
A Portland man was sentenced to federal prison May 23, after being convicted at trial in October for illegally possessing a stolen firearm as a convicted felon. Desmond Boris Washington, 35, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years supervised release.
May 24, 2021
|Narcotics
A 31-year-old ‘dark web’ heroin dealer was sentenced today in U.S. District Court here to five years in prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Zachary Madding of Mill Creek, was arrested at a long-stay hotel in Mukilteo, after a horrific assault on his estranged girlfriend.
May 21, 2021
|Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Tsvetan Kanev, 49, of Sofia, Bulgaria, pleaded guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in March 2021.
May 20, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Leon B. Hensley, 40, formerly of Clarksville and currently living in Lake Whales, Florida, was arrested this morning near his home in Florida. He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Tampa, Florida, later today.
May 19, 2021
|Narcotics
The six defendants were charged by criminal complaint in April with attempting and conspiring to manufacture, distribute and dispense controlled substances using cryptocurrencies via the dark web. The group was allegedly orchestrating millions of dollars of online drug sales.
May 19, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, Narcotics
Jonathan Tai, 36, of Kurtistown was arrested at his home Friday, following the execution of a search warrant at that location.
May 19, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, was arrested by HSI special agents and MPD officers, May 13 based on a referral from the HSI Pretoria office who detected explicit sexual conversations traced to Hansing’s residence.
May 18, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Winston E. Gray, 31, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.
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Updated: 07/26/2021