Special agents with ICE's HSI partnered with multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies under the FBI’s SAVCGTF to executed 11 search warrants throughout Pima and Santa Cruz counties, in connection with an ongoing investigation against a violent criminal street gang in Tucson.
Timothy Caylor, 49, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography in September 2021. According to his plea agreement, after receiving a complaint of a couple whose daughter had received inappropriate text and voice messages from Caylor, law enforcement went to his mother’s residence, where he was staying.
The YACMP will be managed through ICE’s Juvenile and Family Management Unit and is designed to assist young adults who age out of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody, are released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or ICE custody, or who are currently reporting to ICE's non-detained docket. This program will not include GPS or other monitoring technology.
According to court documents, Jose Alejandro Crecencio, 21, was parked in a Chevy Tahoe at the Big Bend National Park Visitor’s Center when a U.S. Border Patrol agent attempted to make contact with him. Crecencio sped away from the area and a short time later, six individuals were observed by the Border Patrol agent and a park ranger exiting the stopped Tahoe and absconding into the nearby brush.
According to documents filed in court and witness testimony, from November 2017 through February 2020, Timothy Chad Canady (Canady), 43, currently of Knoxville, possessed child sexual abuse material and transported it in interstate commerce using social media websites to communicate with others to trade links.
On Jan. 28, noncitizen Salvadoran nationals Oscar Melkin Moreno Romero, 28, and Hernan Quintanilla Herrera, 44, were flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, both fugitives were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).
HSI SAC Katherine Greer and United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Chad Carlson, 44, of Axtell, Nebraska, was sentenced on Jan. 27, 2022, by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine following an ICE HSI, joint partner, investigation.
Reuben Rankin, 36, of Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted of assaulting a federal agent with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The seized website was purporting to be a resource for responding to COVID-19 from the Department of Labor. It also listed several fraudulent commercial contracts that individuals could bid on in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fraudulent domain purported to allow users to sign in with their business email and password in an attempt to steal business credentials that could have been utilized to illegally/surreptitiously access protected data.
Fernando Martinez, 44, Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty today to the conspiracy which spanned from Sept. 6, 2020, to Aug. 26, 2021. Three others - Jayden Wandell Coleman, 18, Carlos Acosta, 38, and Ricky Reyna, 34, all of Corpus Christi - previously admitted to the their roles in the conspiracy. All are identified members of the La Quarenta gang.
Derrick Stephen Walker, 46, of Minot, North Dakota, was found guilty by jury trial of six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, involving six separate minor victims, and one count of receipt of images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Rene Garcia, a resident of San Benito, Texas, was sentenced Jan. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 41 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Garcia pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 5, 2021.
Evan Marshall, 24, and Camren Davis, 24, both of Rogersville, and Cody Ryder, 30, Leslie Ice, 37, his wife, Danielle Ice, 33, Eric Kaltenbach, 37, and Enx Khoshaba, 29, all of Springfield, were charged in a four-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The superseding indictment replaces the indictment returned against Marshall on Nov. 17, 2021, and includes additional charges and defendants.
HSI SAC Kansas City and United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Krystal Smith, 30, formerly of Bruning, Nebraska, was sentenced Jan. 26, 2022 in Lincoln by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Following an investigation by ICE HSI, Joshua Marc Hendon, 36, and his wife, Lori Hendon, both of Minor Hill, Tennessee, were indicted in October 2017 on charges of conspiracy to produce child pornography, nine counts of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Special agents with ICE HSI assigned to the Austin office deployed its members of the LSFTF Austin Division to assist on the arrest of Donald Paul Carrillo, 24. On Jan. 23, Carrillo was involved in a deadly stabbing that took place in the entertainment district of 6th street.
The undercover investigation, aimed at addressing human trafficking in the Memphis area, began on January 21. Undercover officers placed decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex. The focus of the operation was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors. As a result, the following nine men were arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail.
According to court documents, on January 19, 2022, law enforcement agents with ICE HSI responded to a request for assistance from the USBP based out of Pembina, North Dakota. USBP initiated a traffic stop on a white-colored, fifteen passenger van less than one mile south of the U.S./Canadian border in a rural area between the official ports of entry located at Lancaster, Minnesota and Pembina, North Dakota. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Steve Shand, 47, a U.S. citizen.
Matthew Ray Lawson, 34, was sentenced Jan. 19 to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole for three counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Indian Country, one count of lewd acts with a child in Indian Country, and one count of production of child pornography.