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February 23, 2024
|Financial Crimes
Devin Alan Rhoden aka Denny aka Deviinz, 24, of Pinellas Park, and Berman Jerry Nowlin Jr. aka Repulse aka Zayous, 20, of Huntsville, Alabama, each face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
February 23, 2024
|Narcotics
The meth was smuggled through the Eagle Pass Port of Entry on Feb. 18 and was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations at the Camino Real International Bridge.
February 23, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Ulysses Rubalcava, 34, of Weslaco, pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2023, and was sentenced Feb. 20. At the hearing, the court noted his remorse, but explained how society deems these crimes as particularly heinous and that the court must protect children and the public to deter this type of crime.
February 23, 2024
|Narcotics
HSI Executive Associate Director Katrina W. Berger, acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and DEA Administrator Anne Milgram made the announcement.
February 23, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Dominick Nardone, 45, of Orlando, was previously convicted of a child sexual exploitation offense. He now faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years in federal prison.
February 23, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO Houston arrested six noncitizen sex offenders, including three noncitizens, convicted of child sex offenses during a nationwide law enforcement effort that netted 275 noncitizens that ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 16.
February 23, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Saoud Al Naimi, 21, who was in the United States on a student visa and attending a local college, was ordered by the court to forfeit three iPhones, an iPad Pro and a MacBook, which were used in the commission of the offense. Al Naimi was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Al Naimi entered a guilty plea on August 22, 2023.
February 23, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE ERO officers apprehended 275 unlawfully present noncitizen sex offenders during a nation-wide law enforcement effort that ran from February 5-16, 2024.
February 22, 2024
|Partnership and Engagement, Statement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement leadership met with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University today as part of continuing agency efforts to engage with stakeholders across the immigration continuum.
February 22, 2024
|Narcotics
Manuel Alejandro Soto-Bazan, 36, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Feb. 22 to serve 135 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment.
February 22, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
The Mexican citizen has previous felony convictions for forgery, fraud, larceny, residential burglary, theft and fleeing police. He has been removed from the United States four times.
February 21, 2024
|Partnership and Engagement, Statement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement leadership met with members of Just Futures Law today.
February 21, 2024
|Child Exploitation
John W. Balch, 76, of Jacksonville, received the six-decade sentence Jan. 26 at the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
February 20, 2024
|Child Exploitation
Robert James Alden, a 37-year-old San Leon resident, was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution to known victims and will serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term.
February 20, 2024
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
Jonen Castillo, 23, of Orlando, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Castillo that the United States intends to forfeit a Smith and Wesson firearm and four Glock firearms, which are alleged to be involved in the offense.
February 20, 2024
|Cyber Crimes
Nicole Danielle Devilbiss, 35, of Jacksonville, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
February 20, 2024
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Illeysel Carcasses, a 38-year-old Cuban national, was convicted Feb. 15 in the Southern District of Texas of illegally transporting noncitizens in the back of a locked tractor trailer filled with rotting produce.
February 17, 2024
|Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
This transfer is the first of its kind from the United States to a foreign ally for the express purpose of assisting Ukraine, and the second time the Justice Department’s Task Force KleptoCapture has made confiscated Russian assets available for Ukraine — having provided $5.4 million in forfeited funds last year to the State Department for the support of Ukrainian war veterans. The confiscated funds are being transferred to Estonia since under current authorities, the facts of this case do not allow for a direct transfer to Ukraine.
February 16, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE, a component agency of DHS, working in close coordination across the Department including with CBP, continued to facilitate removal flights of single adults and family units February 12 -18.
February 16, 2024
|Child Exploitation
The HSI investigation revealed that from 2021 through 2022, a now-15-year-old minor living in Texas and another minor engaged in sexual intercourse and then sold videos and images of these sexual encounters on the internet through various internet-based social and messaging applications.
February 16, 2024
|Narcotics
Manuel Ignacio Ley Villa, 54, was sentenced Feb. 14 to 255 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the judge noted Ley Villa had been previously convicted for the same offense.
February 16, 2024
|Narcotics
Jeffery Wills, 39, was sentenced Feb. 14 to serve 135 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the judge heard evidence that Wills served as a key player in handling narcotics imported from Mexico for distribution along the East Coast.
February 16, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
Deportation officers assigned to the ERO Laredo suboffice removed Alma De La Pena-Sanchez, 54, from the United States to Mexico on Feb. 15.
February 16, 2024
|Narcotics
On Feb. 15, the USMS and HSI San Juan arrested Christopher Maldonado-Lopez and Christian Maldonado-Lopez, the final remaining fugitives from Operation Youngblood, in Newark, New Jersey.
February 16, 2024
|Enforcement and Removal
ERO Baltimore apprehended a 23-year-old noncitizen who was convicted of an assault in Maryland in 2022.
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