Officers with the ICE ERO Boston field office arrested Vagner Brito Paixao in Somerville, Massachusetts on May 25, a criminal fugitive previously convicted and sentenced to serve 14 years in prison on child rape charges in Brazil.
This was an undercover operation targeting the demand for commercial sex, sex buyers, and human trafficking, which led to 43 arrests for crimes including child sex trafficking, prostitution, drug charges, and misconduct involving weapons. The focus was on hotel prostitution and street prostitution enforcement.
After a nine-day trial, in October 2019, a federal jury convicted Sandoval-Rodriguez of murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, in connection with a murder that occurred in March 2016. Then on January 24, after a three-month trial, a federal jury convicted Sandoval-Rodriguez of racketeering charges, along with co-defendants Jose Joya Parada, a/k/a “Calmado,” age 21; Oscar Armando Sorto Romero, a/k/a “Lobo,” age 23; and Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” a/k/a “Seco,” age 26. Sandoval-Rodriguez and Portillo-Rodriguez were also convicted of multiple counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Joshua James Duggar, 34, repeatedly downloaded and viewed images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including images of prepubescent children and depictions of sadistic abuse. In addition to the 151-month sentence, Duggar must serve 20 years supervised release, register as a sex offender, and pay $50,000 in fines.
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida sentenced Christopher Edwin Day, 52, to life in prison on May 16. Day previously pled guilty to two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor into illegal sexual activity.
Jesus Acosta-Gandarilla was accused on April 25, of committing Second Degree Money Laundering, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise between Sept. 26, 2017 to Nov. 1, 2017, by allowing others to deposit approximately $55,000 into his Wells Fargo Bank account and by personally wiring approximately $55,000, in order to conceal the identity of the actual persons receiving the money.
Daniel Lee Ogorzolka, 70, from Pleasanton, Texas, was sentenced May 23 in federal court to 75 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release to include paying $20,000 in restitution.
In 2020, Deivide Lino-Ribeiro, 31, was convicted in Brazil for homicide and aggravated robbery in a violent 2014 gas station robbery in the City of Mantena, Brazil that resulted in the death of a gas station cashier. His brother James Lino-Ribeiro, 28, who was an accomplice to his brother in the robbery, was also convicted in Brazil in 2020 of aggravated robbery in the attack.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) honored Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, former Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, during a local ceremony on May 11. The commemoration coincided with National Police Week, an annual recognition held each May for law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Obaidullah Syed, 67, of Northbrook, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to export goods from the U.S. without a license from the Department of Commerce and to submit false export information. U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland on Tuesday sentenced Syed to a year and a day in federal prison. Prior to sentencing, Syed forfeited $247,000 of criminally derived funds to the U.S. government.
The lead defendant is 37-year-old Natalie Le Demola. She is currently serving a life prison sentence after she was convicted in 2005 of first-degree murder. 32-year-old Carleisha Neosha Plummer of Los Angeles is also charged. She was a close associate of Demola in prison until she was paroled in July 2020.
HSI Brazil, receiving information from the PF’s Child Pornography/Exploitation and Hate Crimes Unit in May 2020, coordinated efforts targeting subscribers of the website in the United States and other countries. The Brazil-based ‘child modeling’ website is alleged to contain child exploitation material widely distributed via the dark web.
Rolando Eduardo Ballagan Enriquez entered the U.S. at an unknown date and time. He was convicted in Ecuador April 1, 2016 by the Judge of the Second Court of Criminal Guarantees of Canar in Ecuador for rape and sentenced in absentia to 29 years, four months in prison.
A California man, residing in Atlanta, Georgia, was indicted Tuesday for smuggling cash into Mexico from the United States, following an investigation conducted by ICE's HSI with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, RGV Sector.
A south Texas federal jury returned two separate and unrelated indictments which involve transporting and/or smuggling of large groups of noncitizens via tractor trailers, following an investigation conducted by ICE's HSI with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Sector.
Individuals arrested were Akber Jesani, 39, and Hardin Ameena, 28, both residents of Sugarland, Texas, and Shamshuddin Dosani, 52-year-old resident of Richmond, Texas. All three are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, aggregate theft, and money laundering in violation of Texas law. The Harris County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting all three individuals.
On May 13, Milton Portillo Rodriguez, a/k/a “Little Gangster,” a/k/a “Seco,” age 26, was sentenced to serve life in federal prison for a racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, as well as related violent crimes in aid of racketeering, including three murders, connected to his participation in La Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal enterprise also known as MS-13.