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May 20, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
In 2020, Deivide Lino-Ribeiro, 31, was convicted in Brazil for homicide and aggravated robbery in a violent 2014 gas station robbery in the City of Mantena, Brazil that resulted in the death of a gas station cashier. His brother James Lino-Ribeiro, 28, who was an accomplice to his brother in the robbery, was also convicted in Brazil in 2020 of aggravated robbery in the attack.
May 20, 2022
|National Security
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) honored Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, former Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, during a local ceremony on May 11. The commemoration coincided with National Police Week, an annual recognition held each May for law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
May 20, 2022
|Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Obaidullah Syed, 67, of Northbrook, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to export goods from the U.S. without a license from the Department of Commerce and to submit false export information. U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland on Tuesday sentenced Syed to a year and a day in federal prison. Prior to sentencing, Syed forfeited $247,000 of criminally derived funds to the U.S. government.
May 19, 2022
|Covid-19, Financial Crimes
The lead defendant is 37-year-old Natalie Le Demola. She is currently serving a life prison sentence after she was convicted in 2005 of first-degree murder. 32-year-old Carleisha Neosha Plummer of Los Angeles is also charged. She was a close associate of Demola in prison until she was paroled in July 2020.
May 19, 2022
|Child Exploitation, Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Last week, results from an undercover operation dubbed “April Fools” aimed at targeting alleged sexual predators was announced by local law enforcement in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
May 19, 2022
|Child Exploitation
HSI Brazil, receiving information from the PF’s Child Pornography/Exploitation and Hate Crimes Unit in May 2020, coordinated efforts targeting subscribers of the website in the United States and other countries. The Brazil-based ‘child modeling’ website is alleged to contain child exploitation material widely distributed via the dark web.
May 19, 2022
|Child Exploitation
On Monday, an Olympia, Washington, man pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography as result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
May 19, 2022
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, National Security
Yesterday, a Las Vegas, Nevada, area man was found guilty by a federal grand jury of smuggling goods from the United States and impeded and threating a federal officer following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
May 19, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
On May 10, officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) New York City field office, pursuant to a warrant of arrest, arrested an Ecuadorian national previously convicted of rape in absentia in his home country. He is being held in ICE detention pending his removal from the U.S.
May 19, 2022
|Narcotics
Last week, a southern Arizona man pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl which eventually was linked to a death. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) and the Tucson Police Department.
May 18, 2022
|Financial Crimes
A California man, residing in Atlanta, Georgia, was indicted Tuesday for smuggling cash into Mexico from the United States, following an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, RGV Sector.
May 18, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
A south Texas federal jury returned two separate and unrelated indictments which involve transporting and/or smuggling of large groups of noncitizens via tractor trailers, following an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector.
May 18, 2022
|Financial Crimes
Individuals arrested were Akber Jesani, 39, and Hardin Ameena, 28, both residents of Sugarland, Texas, and Shamshuddin Dosani, 52-year-old resident of Richmond, Texas. All three are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, aggregate theft, and money laundering in violation of Texas law. The Harris County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting all three individuals.
May 17, 2022
|Contraband
Sergio Bustos-Cruz, 31, was indicted on two counts for A South Texas grand jury returned a two-count indictment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
May 17, 2022
|Transnational Gangs
On May 13, Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” a/k/a “Seco,” age 26, was sentenced to serve life in federal prison for a racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, as well as related violent crimes in aid of racketeering, including three murders, connected to his participation in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13.
May 16, 2022
|Narcotics
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The subterranean passageway, stretching from Tijuana, Mexico to a warehouse in Otay Mesa, California just east of the port of entry, is estimated to be about 1,744 feet long, 61 feet deep and 4-feet in diameter, with reinforced walls, a rail system, electricity, and a ventilation system.
May 13, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Mauricio Ruiz, a 41-year-old resident of Alice, Texas, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender and serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Restitution will be determined at a later date.
May 13, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Isaiah Lorenzo Brinkley, 21, of Phoenix, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash to 75 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Brinkley previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport noncitizens for profit, placing life in jeopardy and resulting in death.
May 12, 2022
|Narcotics
Gerardo Jimenez, 30, from Pharr, Texas, plead guilty May 11 for smuggling heroin and methamphetamines.
May 11, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Fernando Cristancho, age 65, of Bel Air, Maryland, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release, on May 11, for coercion and enticement of a minor who he met through the church to engage in illegal sexual activity.
May 11, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Roderick DeWayne Chisley, 47, of Monroe, Louisiana, was convicted May 11, following a three-day trial. The jury deliberated for over three hours before convicting Chisley.
May 11, 2022
|Operational
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May 10, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Andres Antonio Ponce, 22, from San Antonio, was sentenced May 10 in federal court to 235 months in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ponce pleaded guilty April 15, 20
May 10, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The jury convicted Aurelio Barajas-Pulido, 52, a legal permanent resident, for human smuggling following a one-day trial. The jury deliberated for approximately four hours before convicting Barajas-Pulido.
May 9, 2022
|Transnational Gangs
On January 24, 2022, a federal jury convicted Sorto Romero of the racketeering charges, along with co-defendants Jose Joya Parada, a/k/a “Calmado,” age 21, Milton Portillo-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” age 26; and Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” age 24, after a three-month trial. Portillo-Rodriguez and Sandoval-Rodriguez were also convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
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Updated: 07/26/2021