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October 9, 2020
|Child Exploitation
Arthur William Callender was convicted on April 1 of two felony counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.
October 8, 2020
|Contraband
A 43-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to federal prison Oct. 8, after he admitted to conspiring with others to import approximately 25 kilograms of 100% pure methamphetamine from Mexico.
October 8, 2020
|Contraband
On Oct. 8, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana sentenced Omar Jaime Flores, 42, from Monterrey, Mexico, to 36 months in prison. In imposing the sentence, the court noted he was a border crosser and now will be forever banned from the United States. Flores pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 2, 2019. During the course of the investigation, ICE HSI learned that Flores is a not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings after serving his sentence.
October 8, 2020
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Santos Teodoro AC-Salazar, 23, and Olga Choc Laj, 30, both of Aurora, Illinois, are charged with using force, threats of force and threatening abuse of the law and legal process in order to force the minor female to comply.
October 8, 2020
|Financial Crimes
“HSI New York’s El Dorado Task Force is uniquely qualified to investigate complex, international money laundering and other serious financial crimes. Working with our law enforcement partners around the country and around the world, we will continue to safeguard our financial systems from international corruption that enriches the coffers of dictators and their cronies. This designation is a clear message – corruption stops at our border,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham.
October 8, 2020
|Child Exploitation
U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow today sentenced John Wright III, age 36, of Edgewood, Maryland, to 30 years in federal prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, for production of child pornography.
October 7, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal
Criminal alien, Ricardo Ruiz-Pinedo is a citizen of Mexico who has repeatedly violated the nation’s immigration laws. Ruiz-Pinedo has a lengthy criminal history that includes multiple drug convictions dating back to 2007.
October 7, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO officers took custody of Fernando Olea-Prado, 25, a self-described leader of the Sureños (Sur 13) street gang, in Corona, New York, Oct. 1.
October 7, 2020
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The operation dubbed “Operation Patriot” targeted sex trafficking organizations and sex buyers from Sept. 9 – 16.
October 7, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal
The ICE enforcement actions, which took place Sept. 28 to Oct 2, targeted aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies, despite having active immigration detainers in place. Over 95% percent of those aliens arrested, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.
October 2, 2020
|National Security, Enforcement and Removal

“Too often sanctuary policies limiting cooperation with ICE result in significant public safety concerns,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. “ICE will continue to enforce immigration laws set forth by Congress through the efforts of the men and women of ICE to remove criminal aliens and making our communities safer.”

October 2, 2020
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Max Louarn, 48, a French national of Avignon, France, Yuanning Chen, 35, a Chinese national of Shenzhen, China, and Gary Bowser, 51, a Canadian national of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, were charged in a federal indictment unsealed today.
September 30, 2020
|National Security

Rick Martin, 20, of Sierra Vista, was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Cochise County Jail. Martin is charged with one count of first-degree murder, eight counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of endangerment, and two counts of misconduct with a weapon.

September 29, 2020
|Cyber Crimes

HSI Cartagena and the National Police of Colombia marked an important milestone in Cartagena’s fight against the cybercrimes that have impacted the community with the opening of TC2IL Sept. 28. During the inauguration of the TC2IL, HSI Operations Manager Randy Richardson, Assistant Attaché Antonio Crespo, and Regional Attaché Brian Vicente were awarded the Colombian National Police Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol Medal for Meritorious Service.

September 28, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

Jose Alexander Ramos-Martinez, 42, and Noe Rodriguez-Sanchez, 51, both citizens of El Salvador, were removed without incident by ICE via an ICE Air Operations charter flight. Once in El Salvador, ICE turned them over to law enforcement authorities in El Salvador.

September 28, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

Dulce Maria Alavez, who was five years old at the time, was last seen September 16, during a family outing to Bridgeton City Park in Cumberland County and later went missing. FBI Newark, in coordination with state and local law enforcement, are investigating the abduction.

September 28, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal
On Nov. 19, 2015, Rodrigo Tovar-Pupo, 59, a former high-ranking paramilitary leader in the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) or the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, was convicted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DCDC) of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine intending and knowing that the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States, on the same date, he was sentenced to 198 months incarceration with credit for time served.
September 28, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

ICE announced Monday that 12 criminal aliens were arrested in as part of a targeted enforcement operation by its Fugitive Operations Teams in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, from Sept. 21 to 25. Six of these arrests included criminals with active ICE detainers who instead of being transferred into federal custody were released back into the community where they were free to reoffend until their capture.

September 26, 2020
|Detainee Death Notifications

Romien Jally was pronounced dead at 8:19 a.m. (CDT) by medical professionals at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Jally was initially admitted to the Winn Parish Medical Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, on August 25, 2020, with a diagnosis of COVID-19.

September 25, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

The new policy bars the Prince William County Jail from cooperating with ICE when officers lodge immigration detainers for individuals in local custody who are in violation of immigration law. Per the policy, the jail can only notify ICE of an impending release for individuals booked in on felony charges. If an individual is charged with a misdemeanor, ICE will not be notified, regardless of whether they have other serious criminal history or if they have international criminal histories that are not visible to local law enforcement.

September 25, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

Targeted individuals were arrested for immigration violations and have a variety of pending charges or convictions for crimes like attempted homicide, armed robbery, sexual assault and drug trafficking. They were previously in the custody of local or state law enforcement due to crimes they committed but were released due to jurisdictions’ non-cooperation policies.

September 25, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal

ICE located Joe Toro-Zaldivar, 36, a citizen of Honduras illegally present in the United States, about two miles from the Denver church where he has taken sanctuary since July.

September 24, 2020
|Enforcement and Removal
Immigration detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes. Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case.
September 24, 2020
|Child Exploitation

Josue Gamaliel Vidal Quintanilla, 28, who teaches mathematics at Shandin Hills Middle School in San Bernardino, was arrested Wednesday morning by special agents with ICE's HSI during the execution of a search warrant at his residence.

September 24, 2020
|Child Exploitation

Leonidas N. Mavrogenis, Jr., 62, of Salem, Massachusetts, was sentenced to five years in prison for distribution of child pornography, it was announced by Michael Shea, acting special agent in charge, ICE's HSI Boston and Scott W. Murray U.S. attorney for New Hampshire in a New Hampshire federal court Sept. 22.

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Updated: 01/21/2021