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September 15, 2022
|Partnership and Engagement

WASHINGTON – On Sept. 14, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) John K. Tien and senior officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) participated in the “High-Level International Conference on Border Security in the Americas,” a virtual event hosted by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

September 14, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI’s wildlife trafficking initiative focuses on investigations regarding the illegal trade of protected, endangered, and non-native species. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 makes it unlawful for any person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to import or export certain species into or from the United States or to possess, sell, deliver, carry, transport, or ship any species in interstate or foreign commerce.
September 14, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Erminia Serrano Piedra aka Irma, and Boss Lady, 31, led the human smuggling operation. Other defendants include Jeremy Dickens, 45; Katie Ann Garcia aka Guera, 39; Kevin Daniel Nuber aka Captain, 41; Laura Nuber aka Barbie, 40; Lloyd Bexley, 51; Oliveria Piedra-Campuzana, 53; and Pedro Hairo Abrigo, 33. All were arrested in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas pursuant to charges previously filed and unsealed in the SDTX.
September 13, 2022
|Narcotics
Alicia Loraine Robinson, 36, from Sioux City, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in federal court after being convicted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a prohibited person in possession of firearms following a joint HSI, law enforcement partner probe.
September 13, 2022
|Operational
Martin Mendez and Alfredo Alvarez encountered a truck engulfed in flames on a highway near the ICE Krome Service Processing Center.
September 9, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Juan Diego Arteaga-Hernandez, 34, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced Sept. 8 to four years and four months in federal prison for illegal reentry into the U.S. after removal and being convicted of an aggravated felony. Arteaga-Hernandez pleaded guilty May 11.
September 9, 2022
|Child Exploitation
William Thomas Bailey, 42, pled guilty to the charges Jan. 4.
September 9, 2022
|Transnational Gangs
Jesse Paul “JP” Blankenship, a 39-year-old resident of Stratford, Missouri, received the sentence in the Eastern District of Texas after being convicted on Nov. 16, 2021, of racketeering conspiracy, kidnapping in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering.
September 9, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Any time spent on the internet can potentially expose a child to cyber predators who know how to exploit them. Children are vulnerable when they are online – parents can help protect and help them make safer and smarter choices when they are online and interacting through social media.
September 8, 2022
|Child Exploitation
The Court of Justice of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil, issued an arrest warrant for Thomas Francis Donschat in June 2020, due to his charge of rape of a vulnerable (minor female 13 years of age). The Federal Police of Brazil requested assistance in the apprehension of Donschat.
September 8, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Billy Rae Clark, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 17 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Clark to 30 years of supervised release following incarceration.
September 7, 2022
|Child Exploitation
A Springfield man and woman were sentenced in federal court today for the sex trafficking of a child following a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), joint law enforcement partner probe. Joseph W. Gibson, 43, and Danna Marie Rodriguez, 37, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes.
September 6, 2022
|Financial Crimes
Okanlawon Azeez Egerongbe, aka Tony Kunle, Alex Tohee, 37, of Round Rock, was sentenced Aug. 26 by a federal judge to serve to 120 months in federal prison and pay $633,520 in restitution. On May 18, 2021, Egerongbe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
September 6, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Jose Manuel Soto-Ramirez, 33, was removed Aug. 29 via ICE Air Operations, arriving at the Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where he was turned over to authorities without incident.
September 6, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Gilbert Gallegos, 46, of Lordsburg, pleaded guilty on Jan. 29, 2021, to two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
September 2, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal, Human Rights Violators
Javier Alfredo Valle Anaya, 54, is a Colombian citizen who obtained status in the U.S. through fraudulent means. Valle Anaya is a former agent of Colombia’s now disbanded intelligence agency, the Administrative Security Department or Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS). He was arrested on immigration violations Oct. 5, 2018, by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York.
September 1, 2022
|Financial Crimes
Corey Cato, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who also ordered him to pay $1,908,481 in restitution. Cato pleaded guilty on May 9 to one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
September 1, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Sharif Djabbarov is suspected of large-scale theft by the Uzbekistani authorities and human trafficking in the Dominican Republic.
September 1, 2022
|Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security
In authorizing the seizure of the Boeing 737-7EM owned by PJSC LUKOIL, the court found probable cause that the aircraft was subject to seizure based on violations of federal law.
September 1, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Aldo Castillo-Caraveo, 52, is wanted in Mexico on domestic violence charges. Castillo was detained by ICE officers June 17 upon completion of his sentence with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for illegal reentry.
September 1, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Ian Esteban Serrano, 27, and Marco Antonio Romero, 22, were sentenced by United States District Judge Raner C. Collins to nearly 4 years; a sentence of 37 months was imposed for their role in smuggling undocumented noncitizens into the United States, and a consecutive sentence of eight months was imposed for Serrano’s violation of supervised release from a previous conviction for the same offense in 2016 and Romero’s violation of supervised release from a previous conviction for the same offense in 2019.
September 1, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Marin Fuentes Baltazar, 39, departed Miami International Airport to his destination of Harlingen, Texas, where he was turned over to authorities in Mexico via the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry.
August 31, 2022
|Child Exploitation
According to court documents, Brandi Snyder, 34, of Americus, is accused of persuading and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction, and of allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.
August 30, 2022
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Juan Jose Roque, 36, illegally residing in Garland, was sentenced Aug. 29 by a federal judge to serve 41 months in prison and is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment.
August 30, 2022
|Partnership and Engagement
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) put their voluntary collaborative program with America’s business community on display during the 2022 HR Florida Conference & Expo, Aug. 28-31, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
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Updated: 07/26/2021