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August 23, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The jury found the following two aluminum businesses and four warehousing companies – all of which were related to one another – guilty of one count of conspiracy, nine counts of wire fraud and seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse: Perfectus Aluminum Inc.; Perfectus Aluminum Acquisitions LLC; Scuderia Development LLC; 1001 Doubleday LLC; Von Karman – Main Street LLC; 10681 Production Avenue LLC.
August 23, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
These smuggling attempts along the coastline of Palos Verdes, Long Beach, San Pedro, Malibu, Newport Beach, and the first-ever panga landing in Santa Catalina Island, resulted in the apprehension of 90 undocumented individuals. While most were adult males of diverse nationalities, females and teenagers were also among those apprehended.
August 19, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
On Aug. 3, HSI special agents seized 12,688 pieces of counterfeit merchandise valued at $13,479,402, an Apple computer, an external hard drive, catalogs listing counterfeit merchandise for sale, and numerous business documents.
August 17, 2021
|Narcotics
Joe Maldonado, 43, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty Dec. 1.
August 13, 2021
|Narcotics
Arturo Muñoz, 67, of Phoenix, was sentenced for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams and more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
August 13, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
HSI Nogales Task Force officers seized 6,628 pieces of attire, with an MSRP value of $10,483,082.
August 12, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking, Child Exploitation
Special agents with ICE's HSI joined the East Valley Human Trafficking Taskforce (EVHTTF) on a two-day “Buyer Reduction” or sting operation, which resulted in 18 arrests.
August 12, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Michael Joseph Pepe, 67, a former resident of Oxnard who has been in federal custody since 2007, was found guilty of four felony offenses – two counts of traveling in foreign commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
August 12, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Leonel Avalos-Santoyo, 50, was sentenced in U.S. district court to 46 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Avalos-Santoyo pleaded guilty June 6.
August 11, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Kyle Doussett, 49, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson to ten years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. Doussett was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee and may be ordered to pay restitution, to be determined at a later date.
August 11, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Christopher Faust, 32, from Sacramento, California, was convicted Aug. 11, in U.S. federal court after a jury deliberated fewer than four hours.
August 11, 2021
|Operational
ICE will help victims seek justice and facilitate access to immigration benefits for noncitizens who have been victims of crime. This new policy is designed to improve victims’ ability to seek justice against perpetrators of crime, including in cases of human trafficking.
August 10, 2021
|Narcotics
Felipe Nevarez of Alamosa, Colorado is a member of the Kings de Monte Gang and will remain in custody for the duration of his sentence.
August 10, 2021
|Narcotics
HSI San Diego special agents tracked the truck from the Otay Mesa Cargo Point of Entry before the driver – Carlos Gerardo Symonds Saavedra, a Mexican citizen – parked the vehicle in a private commercial parking lot. The agents arrested the driver and seized the truck.
August 6, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Cheng-Hsuan “Eric” Tsai, 29, of Mesa, Arizona, appeared for his initial appearance Friday morning. He faces 20 counts of distribution and possessing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Maricopa County Judge Steven McCarthy set Tsai’s bail to $1 million.
August 4, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Leonard J. Andrew, Jr., 36, of Bedford, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to the distribution of child pornography.
August 3, 2021
|Detainee Death Notifications
Elba Maria Centeno Briones, 37, entered ICE custody July 27, and was taken to the El Valle Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas.
August 2, 2021
|Narcotics, Transnational Gangs
The tunnel, which has an entrance measuring 12 feet by 10 feet, extends 3 feet north of the international border wall, but has no exit on the U.S. side of the border. The DTO equipped the tunnel with electricity, ventilation, a rail system with a cart, and an electric hoist.
July 30, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal, Human Smuggling/Trafficking
ICE announced today the first Continued Presence (CP) resource guide to assist federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies nationwide with their human trafficking investigations and prosecutions.
July 30, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal
Irregular migration to the United States is dangerous and may carry long-term immigration consequences. The journey is especially dangerous for families and children, including teenagers.
July 30, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Brian Kampel, 44, pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following his prison term, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life.
July 29, 2021
|Child Exploitation
According to court documents, HSI and VBPD first identified Marco Viscomi, 36, of Ontario, in 2012 after a father of two girls, who were 13 and 17 years old at the time, reported to VBPD that his daughters had been sexually extorted by someone they met online.
July 29, 2021
|Narcotics, Transnational Gangs
Charges in the indictment include seven murder allegations, kidnappings, numerous assaults, robberies and large-scale drug distribution.
July 29, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Michelle Sunshine Betters, 44, of Tucson, Arizona, was previously indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury. The court ordered Betters detained pending trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 8.
July 27, 2021
|Child Exploitation
From July 19 through July 26, law enforcement agencies with the Southeast Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (AZICAC), arrested two individuals for attempting to lure minors to engage in sexual conduct.
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Updated: 07/26/2021