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April 27, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Benjamen Charles Slaughter, a 24-year-old resident of Friendswood, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 4, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
April 27, 2022
|Narcotics
Kory Mammen, 52, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty on January 4, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In 2000 and 2011, Mammen was convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
April 27, 2022
|Narcotics
Heather Sorgdrager, age 41, from Sioux City, received the prison term after an October 18, 2021, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
April 27, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Zachary Zane Stephenson, 45, of Tucson, previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
April 27, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Guatemalan national Moises Paiz Guevara, 47, was flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Guatemala International Airport on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit.
April 26, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Fabian Hernandez, 29, Emmanuel Ferral-Tonche, 20, both of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, were sentenced April 26 in federal courts to 60 months. Both are expected to face removal proceedings upon completion their sentence. At the hearing Tuesday, the court heard additional evidence that neither man attempted to help look for or offer water to the noncitizens they smuggled despite the great heat.
April 26, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Volkan Gogebakan, 31, was flown from El Paso to Turkey on a commercial flight. Upon arrival on Friday at the Istanbul Airport, Gogebakan was turned over to Turkish officials.
April 26, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Matthew Benjamin Foltz, 29 used an online messaging application “Whisper” to engage in sexually explicit conversations with an undercover agent.
April 26, 2022
|Transnational Gangs
Junior Noe Alvarado-Requeno, a/k/a “Insolente” and “Trankilo,” age 24, of Landover, Maryland was sentenced to life in federal prison, on April 25, for conspiring to participate in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13, and for three counts each of murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, as well as for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine.
April 22, 2022
|Contraband
Amanda Zaragoza, 29, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced April 22 in federal court to 65 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
April 22, 2022
|Narcotics
Ana Luisa Ponce, 54, from Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced April 22 in federal court to 262 months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard Ponce had admitted to previously transporting narcotics for the same drug trafficking organization.
April 22, 2022
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The IPR Center and the RIAA will implement an aggressive multi-layered strategy to strengthen the digital ecosystem, conduct joint training events, educate consumers on the dangers of illegal streaming, enforce the nation’s intellectual property rights laws, and dismantle large-scale online criminal enterprises.
April 22, 2022
|Contraband, Operational
This elite unit of eight, based out of the Tohono O’odham Nation, covers 2.8 million acres, including a 76-mile stretch of border shared with Mexico.
April 21, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Camden Chase Plumb, a 43-year-old resident of Corpus Christi, was sentenced April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 190 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term.
April 20, 2022
|Transnational Gangs
The three-month trial focused on four brutal murders, in two of which Parada personally participated. The federal jury also convicted Milton Portillo-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” age 26; Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” age 22; and Oscar Armando Sorto Romero, a/k/a “Lobo,” age 22; on the same charges. Portillo-Rodriguez, Sandoval-Rodriguez, and Sorto Romero were additionally convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
April 19, 2022
|Enforcement and Removal
Bosnian Herzegovinian national Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 47, was flown from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Bosnia-Herzegovina Airport, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit.
April 19, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Nathaniel Hibdon, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hibdon to pay a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
April 19, 2022
|Narcotics
On April 19, a federal grand jury returned a multi-count indictment against the following citizens of Mexico, Oscar Obed Manzanares, 22, Jose Bernardo Gonzalez-Gomez, 55, Jose Santiago Luna-Duran, 45, Arlando Garcia-Garcia, 40, and Martin Vela-Alanis, 58, both legal permanent residents from Edinburg, Texas; and Martin Adrusbel Vela, 35, also from Edinburg.
April 19, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
On April 19, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Daniel Chavez, 29, from Elkhart, Texas. He was originally charged by criminal complaint.
April 18, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The operation kicked off at 10:00 a.m. on April 18, during a ceremony at the Virginia Welcome Center in on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia. The operation will continue through April 20.
April 18, 2022
|Narcotics
Donovan Lang, 27, from Sioux City, Iowa, pled guilty on November 19, 2021, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
April 18, 2022
|Narcotics
William Hageman, 56, from rural Cherokee County, Iowa, pled guilty on December 17, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms by a prohibited person.
April 15, 2022
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE's HSI Detroit repatriated two ammonite fossils to Madagascar April 4.
April 15, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The United States Attorney’s office awarded Joshua Lankford, 33, and Lakeya Aldridge, 41, both of Federalsburg, Maryland to 17 years and nine years in federal prison respectively for their roles in the offense. The pair used drugs to control their victim, and later threatened to kill her in order to prevent her from providing testimony at their trial. Lankford, who led and organized the conspiracy was sentenced on April 8, and Aldridge was sentenced on April 14.
April 15, 2022
|Narcotics
A total of 13 people were arrested Wednesday in connection to a large-scale narcotics trafficking operation following an investigation by multiple federal law enforcement agencies, including ICE's HSI special agents in Kentucky.
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Updated: 07/26/2021