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December 19, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Arlind Hyseni, 34, also known as Shpend Mazari, was removed from the United States via a commercial flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport and transferred into the custody of Albanian law enforcement authorities.

December 19, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Juan Ruiz-Espinosa is wanted by the government for homicide, sexual assault of a minor in the Dominican Republic.

December 19, 2019
|Child Exploitation

Don Edward Pannell II, 32, of Harvey, Louisiana, previously pleaded guilty in August to receiving child pornography between October 2017 and April 2018.

December 18, 2019
|Narcotics

A 40-year-old Seattle man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven years in prison for selling thousands of doses of fentanyl on various encrypted websites.

December 18, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Operation Noble Guardian is a focused effort by HSI to identify alien adults exploiting the U.S. border by arriving with a child in order to be deemed a family unit in an attempt to avoid detention, and who then after securing entry into the U.S. subsequently return the child back to their native countries where they are frequently used again by other adults to then enter the U.S. again as an alleged "family unit."

December 18, 2019
|Transnational Gangs, Narcotics

HSI Washington, D.C. marked a ten-fold increase in narcotics seizures from nearly 400 lbs. in FY 2018 to over 4,000 lbs. in FY 2019, and a two-fold increase in firearms seizures, taking nearly 100 arms off the streets of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

December 17, 2019
|Child Exploitation

Todd Louis Pajnich, 30, appeared Dec. 16 before U.S. Magistrate Kathleen L. DeSoto, who will recommend his plea be accepted by Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, who is hearing this case.

December 17, 2019
|Contraband

In the past three months, the A-HIDTA Parcel Taskforce has seized more than $350,000 in illicit proceeds, large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and thousands of THC vapes that are similar in appearance to nicotine vapes.

December 17, 2019
|Child Exploitation

Jesus Amado Garcia, 43, of Roma, Texas, was also ordered to pay $40,000 in restitution to his known victims. Following completion of his prison term, he will serve five years on supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet.

December 17, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Jens Söring departed from Dulles International Airport on a direct flight to Frankfurt, Germany at approximately 10 p.m. EST Monday.

December 17, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

The sentencing of Gerardo Gutierrez-Perez, 44, follows an investigation and arrest for illegal reentry by deportation officers from ICE's ERO.

December 17, 2019
|Narcotics, Financial Crimes

A State Grand Jury indicted 11 individuals accused of shipping illegal drugs and contraband across the country through the United Parcel Service (UPS); collectively the defendants face 48 felony counts, including money laundering, transportation of marijuana for sale, transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, misconduct involving weapons, and illegally conducting an enterprise.

December 16, 2019
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Federico Espinosa-Flores, 50, from Donna, Texas, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for knowingly and intentionally conspiring to unlawfully transport illegal aliens.

December 16, 2019
|Child Exploitation

John Henry Bevel Jr., 44, from Las Cruces, was also ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to one of his victims.

December 16, 2019
|Operational

Special agents, computer forensic analysts and deportation officers from the HSI Mobile, Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, Tampa and Headquarters, in addition to ERO officers from Jacksonville and Tampa, are supporting the investigation into the active shooter at NAS Pensacola.

December 16, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Miguel Meza-Fuentes was removed from the United States to Honduras via ICE Air.

December 13, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Olga Marina Franco del Cid, 35, an illegal alien from Guatemala who formerly resided in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, has been charged with illegal re-entry, identification document fraud, and false representation of social security account number.

December 12, 2019
|Narcotics, Child Exploitation

"In FY 2019, HSI Norfolk removed more than 100 kilograms of drugs from the streets, arrested child predators who preyed on our community's most vulnerable, and rescued nearly 50 human trafficking victims," said Jim Stitzel, assistant special agent in charge of HSI Norfolk.

December 12, 2019
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Albino Vargas-Hernandez, a 48-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, and Rene Camacho, a 47-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Houston, both pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. A third man who is also illegally present in the U.S., 21-year-old Mexican national Hiram Lamarca-Gonzalez, entered his guilty plea Dec. 4.

December 12, 2019
|Operational

With the objective of bolstering relationships with key community partners, HSI San Juan recruited participants from diverse employment areas including media, congressional affairs, non-government agencies, and the financial industry to attend the academy. HSI employees nominated members of the community who they felt would be suitable candidates.

December 12, 2019
|Narcotics

The task force, which launched in April 2019, targets drug trafficking organizations that are making the streets of Kansas City more violent by importing large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs from Mexico and elsewhere.

December 12, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

Jose Ruiz-Alvarado, 52, a citizen of El Salvador, was previously removed by ICE on two separate occasions in March 2002 and January 2008.

December 11, 2019
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

HSI Boston Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina and CBP Director of Field Operations for Boston Michael Denning provided an overview of the work that HSI and CBP do to combat counterfeit items and products that violate intellectual property rights.

December 11, 2019
|Enforcement and Removal

While the numbers of individuals apprehended or found inadmissible at the border nationwide increased 68% over the previous fiscal year, the total number of aliens arrested by ICE dropped by nearly 10% compared to FY 2018.

December 10, 2019
|Human Rights Violators

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC) commemorates Human Rights Day December 10, the same day the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates the proposition that freedom, justice and peace in the world are fundamental rights and that all individuals are entitled to equality.

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Updated: 01/13/2021