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July 9, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As the result of a probe by HSI Los Angeles, Chan Hung Le, 46, of Laguna Hills, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton, who also ordered him to pay a $250,000 fine.
July 9, 2021
|Operational
In the very limited circumstances in which detention is necessary and appropriate, ICE provides general health and well-being care, including regular custody and medical reevaluation, ensuring appropriate pre- and/or post-natal and other medical and mental health care.
July 8, 2021
|Narcotics
Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on August 25, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted Herlin Hernandez-Trinidad (a/k/a “Rainely), and on January 26, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Jose Crespo-Lorenzo (a/k/a “El Colombiano”).
July 8, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, was sentenced July 8 in federal court to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. During sentencing, the judge noted that had transported an exceptionally high number of noncitizens in his trailer.
July 2, 2021
|Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, on Oct. 1, 2020, Rickon Amyon Wade, aka “Ricky Wade,” 35, attempted to obtain a Nevada “Real ID” identification card at a DMV office in Henderson, Nevada, by presenting counterfeit U.S. Permanent Resident and Social Security cards. Wade presented the cards – bearing his name and a Social Security number not assigned to him – as identification.
July 2, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Significant disruption to Mexico-bound gun trafficking continues under Operation Without a Trace, with seizures of 1,125 firearms, over 680,000 rounds of ammunition, $28 million in currency and 360 arrests made to date. Along with this multi-agency, ongoing operation, agents seek the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious activity.
July 1, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Billy Frederick, 51, was arrested Wednesday morning without incident, following HSI’s investigation into the matter. During his initial court appearance late Wednesday afternoon, a U.S. magistrate judge ordered Frederick jailed without bond pending trial.
June 30, 2021
|Child Exploitation
ICE HSI, Fresno Police Department Vice Unit, and Fresno County District Attorney’s Investigators conducted a multi-day operation to combat child exploitation and human trafficking in the Fresno area, June 23. During the operation, 10 women and girls were rescued from the sex trade while 21 arrests were made for multiple child exploitation related charges including: contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, aiding prostitution, arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and solicitation of acts of prostitution.
June 30, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Benny l. Butler, 36, possessed more than 2,800 videos and more than 7,600 images of child pornography on multiple electronic devices.  Butler in 2017 shared several videos and images with users of Chatstep, an anonymous online chat room service.
June 29, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Clarence Chambers, aka Chris, 29, is expected to appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray. Also charged are Javon Opoku, aka Glizzy, 20; Damarquis McGee, aka Lil Blue, 23; and Andres Portillo, aka Andro, 20. Portillo is set for an initial appearance on July 1 at 2 p.m., while McGee and Opoku are set for their initial appearances on July 6 at 10 a.m.
June 29, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
As a result of an investigation by HSI Los Angeles with assistance from the brand-holding companies, Zoulin Cai, a.k.a. “Allen Cai,” 29, of La Puente, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
June 29, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The results of the operation were announced by Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Kansas City, James Wright. He was joined by Heartland Anti-Trafficking Rescue Taskforce partners from across the region in making the announcement.
June 29, 2021
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In May 2017, the Ministry of Culture notified HSI Bangkok that two stolen sandstone lintels, from Khmer era sanctuaries, were exhibited at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. A lintel is an architectural support and artistic element of a structure which is placed over a doorway or window. The artifacts were stolen from northeastern Thailand sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s. 
June 29, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The counterfeit N95 masks were purchased by the State of Maine over a series of transactions occurring in late 2020 and early 2021. HSI worked with the State of Maine and 3M to verify the masks fraudulent origin. HSI and law enforcement partners work together regularly to prevent dangerous counterfeit products from reaching U.S. consumers.
June 29, 2021
|Narcotics
Jose Miguel Lazarin-Zurita pleaded guilty March 5 to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and attempting to export a rifle and several firearm-related accessories without a license to Mexico.
June 28, 2021
|Narcotics
Gabriel Ulloa, 29, distributed fentanyl to the 27-year-old victim, who believed he was buying oxycodone pills from Ulloa, according to the indictment and allegations made at the initial court appearance. The victim died as a result of ingesting the drugs.
June 24, 2021
|Narcotics
Jovany Alonso Robledo-Delgado, 35, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash. Robledo-Delgado previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin.
June 24, 2021
|Professional Responsibility
Rito Salomon Palacios, 53, from Laredo, was sentenced June 24. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.
June 24, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The IPR Center today announced dual partnerships with Grace Farms Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused ending modern slavery and violence, and Liberty Shared, a global counter-trafficking nongovernmental organization, to advance their collective shared missions of eliminating wildlife and other natural capital trafficking crimes around the world.
June 24, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Jorge Juan Torres-Lopez, 67, a former interim governor of Coahuila, Mexico, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 16, 2020. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment.
June 23, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Alvaro Vega-Rodriguez, 27, from Brownsville, was sentenced June 23, in federal court to 78 months in federal prison. He was also ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release and comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. And he will have to register as a sex offender. Vega-Rodriguez pleaded guilty Feb. 4, 2020.
June 21, 2021
|Human Rights Violators
According to the indictment – which was unsealed following the arrest – Mezemr Abebe Belayneh, 65, of Snellville, served as a civilian interrogator at a makeshift prison in Dilla, Ethiopia, during a period in the late 1970s known as the Red Terror.
June 15, 2021
|Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
On June 15, William Scotts Simms, 73, was indicted on three counts for aiding and abetting the attempt to illegally export a silencer, possession of 11 unregistered machine guns and possession of an unregistered silencer.
June 15, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, and Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, were charged with human smuggling. Saint-Joie is an active duty member of the U.S. Army, while Oppongagyare is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Both men are stationed at Fort Hood.
June 15, 2021
|Child Exploitation
The week-long operation conducted in mid-May is ongoing. The Paseo Del Norte Center of Hope, the El Paso Center for Children Youth Outreach & Housing Division and Drop-in Center also assisted.
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Updated: 07/26/2021