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March 17, 2022
|Narcotics
Cesar Alberto Palomares, 23, of Somerton, Arizona, is being accused of four violations of United States law related to Palomares’ importation and intended distribution of methamphetamine.
March 17, 2022
|Child Exploitation
James Crowder, 78, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Thursday, March 17, to 18 years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Crowder to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.
March 17, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Mark John Millman, 37, a citizen of Great Britain and a legal alien resident, and his wife and co-defendant, Tara Sau Millman, 42, were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes. Mark and Tara Millman each were sentenced to 35 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced them to spend the rest of their lives on supervised release following incarceration.
March 16, 2022
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, Contraband
On Tuesday, Juan Gerardo Trevino-Chavez, aka Huevo, 39, of Laredo, Texas, was arrested in San Diego, Calif. on criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in drug trafficking in Mexico and the United States. According to the indictment filed in San Antonio, Trevino is the current leader of the Cartel Del Noreste drug cartel (CDN).
March 16, 2022
|Narcotics
As a result of pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, Charles Phelps, 36, currently of Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced on Monday to serve 156 months in federal prison.
March 16, 2022
|Child Exploitation
According to evidence presented during the trial, in December 2018, Michael McShan, 28, met a minor female (MV-1) on a social media site called “MeetMe,” and then began communicating with MV-1 via Snapchat, cellphone calls and text messages.
March 16, 2022
|Narcotics
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March 16, 2022
|Narcotics
Yesenia Yasmin Ysea, of Douglas, was arrested March 9 at her apartment by law enforcement who also seized multiple “M-30” pills known to contain fentanyl, a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia indicative of drug use and sales.
March 16, 2022
|Narcotics
The seizure was part of a joint operation headed by HSI Norfolk’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) and CBP's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team.
March 16, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Aliyah George Simpson, 26, pleaded guilty on June 2, 2021, to five counts of production of child pornography and one count of transportation of pornography, following a joint investigation by U.S. HSI Dallas and the Flower Mound Police Department.
March 11, 2022
|Document and Benefit Fraud
Teang Liu, 38, of Alexandria, Virginia, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for participating in the conspiracy.
March 11, 2022
|Narcotics, Financial Crimes
Following a six-day trial in federal court, a jury convicted Charles Elsea, Jr, 44, a longtime inmate of the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC), of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, and money laundering.
March 11, 2022
|Child Exploitation
United States District Court Senior Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Andrew Scott Scanlan, age 33, formerly of Newton, to 840 months in prison for two counts of production of child pornography and one count of Offense by a Registered Sex Offender, Thursday, announced HSI Special Agent in Charge Katherine Greer and United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal. 
March 11, 2022
|Child Exploitation
The five South Dakota men arrested included the following, each charged under federal law with attempted enticement of a minor using the internet: Kent Mews, 55, Sioux Falls; Zachary Murray, 35, Brookings; Sky Thomas Roubideaux, 22, Tea; Elliott Anderson, 25, Sioux Falls; and Jordan Matthew Hermanson, 31, Sioux Falls.
March 11, 2022
|Operational
The FY 2021 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the efforts of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Management & Administration, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), and Office of Diversity and Civil Rights.
March 10, 2022
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The enforcement operation on March 2, 2022 included the execution of six arrest warrants in Mexico for smuggling coordinators: Arturo Tienda-Garcia, aka “Tuercas,” Jose Guadalupe Tienda-Garcia, aka “Pantera,” Gilberto Escalante-Osuna, aka “Mochomo,” Uriel Cruz-Tienda, aka “Quiqui,” Cristal Tolentino-Hernandez, and Alfonso Sotelo-Contreras, aka “Pajaro.”
March 10, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Jostin Arthur Desco, 28, was sentenced today to 50 years in federal prison after having pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and commission of an offense against a child by a registered sex offender, announced acting Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris III, ICE HSI and United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison. 
March 10, 2022
|Narcotics
On July 23, 2021, Gilberto Morales, 57, was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to possess 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; possessing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana; being a felon in possession of a firearm; conspiring to transport non-citizens; conspiring to harbor non-citizens; and harboring non-citizens.
March 9, 2022
|Document and Benefit Fraud
Ana Rioja, 51, of Brownsville and Maria Consuelo de Ureno, 55, a legal permanent resident living in Brownsville were sentenced March 9 by U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera Jr.
March 9, 2022
|Child Exploitation
Following a two-day jury trial in U.S. District Court, Alexander Dewayne Noah, 25, of Tazewell, Tennessee, was convicted of possession of child exploitation materials.
March 9, 2022
|Financial Crimes
ICE HSI special agents participated in an investigation of Darris Cotton of Vista, California, who, on March 4, pleaded guilty in federal court to a fraud charge, admitting that he submitted false applications for unemployment benefits to California’s EDD.
March 8, 2022
|Narcotics
Rodriguez Alcala was apprehended by Ecuadorian authorities in November 2021 while visiting Quito, and Ecuador granted the United States’ extradition request in January 2022. He arrived in San Diego Feb. 11, and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal.
March 8, 2022
|Narcotics
An Ecuadorian national, Pilligua Iduarte was apprehended by Spanish authorities in April 2021 while visiting Madrid. He arrived in San Diego on Feb. 11, 2021, and made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal. He is scheduled for a detention hearing before Judge Skomal on Feb. 17, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.
March 8, 2022
|Narcotics
The Guatemalan nationals include Augusto Jean Carlo Castillo-Hernandez, aka “Metal,” Jorge Alexander Campos-Oliva, aka “Peluda,” and Fabio Josue Campos-Oliva, aka “Black Chivita.” The defendants made their initial court appearances on Friday, Feb. 11, in San Diego before Judge Skomal.
March 8, 2022
|Narcotics
Ramirez Barillas, aka “Thor,” is charged in an indictment stemming from a long-term joint investigation led by HSI and the DEA in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.
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Updated: 07/26/2021