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January 30, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
Jose Matilde Rico Sanchez, a 48-year-old Mexican fugitive, who illegally entered the U.S. to avoid prosecution for an alleged homicide in Mexico is handed over by ICE officers to Mexican law enforcement authorities Jan. 30 at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in, Laredo, Texas.
January 30, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
Norman Moore, aka Lynn Brown, received the sentence in December 2022 at the U.S. District Court of Maryland for conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine and for illegally reentering the U.S. having been previously removed.
January 30, 2023
|Document and Benefit Fraud
Ana Hernandez, 53, faces criminal charges related to her alleged wire fraud and impersonation of a federal employee. She portrayed herself to be a USCIS employee and defrauded more than 20 victims by providing false pretense that she would process immigration applications for a substantial fee.
January 30, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
Edgar Omar Guzman Ferrera, a 25-year-old unlawfully present Honduran fugitive, was flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, on a charter flight coordinated by ICE's Air Operations Unit to the Ramon Villeda International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Upon arrival, he was handed over to Honduran law enforcement authorities.
January 30, 2023
|Human Rights Violators
According to the indictment unsealed Thursday, Jugoslav Vidic, 55, allegedly made multiple false statements in his successful application to become a lawful permanent resident, including falsely stating that his only past military service was in the Yugoslav Army from 1988 to 1989 and omitting his service in the Serb Army of Krajina and its predecessors from 1991 to 1995.
January 30, 2023
|Narcotics
Paublo Rueben, a 41-year-old resident of Pharr, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 20 years in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to sell narcotics to undercover law enforcement officials. Ruben pleaded guilty to the charges July 27, 2022.
January 26, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Ryon Travis, 39, was convicted of production of child pornography and sex trafficking after a jury trial in July 2022. Travis was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman.
January 25, 2023
|Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, Ana Maria Hernandez, 53, portrayed herself to be a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) employee and defrauded more than 20 victims by providing them the false pretext that she would process their immigration applications for a substantial fee.
January 25, 2023
|Management and Administration
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. recognized five special agents and one group supervisor from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service Jan. 19 during the 2022 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Awards in Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2023
|Child Exploitation
A federal court convicted Christopher William Kuehner, 38, of Bremerton, Washington, Tuesday, while co-defendants, Jacob Royce Mullins, 20, of South Webster, Ohio; Kyle William Leishear, 43, of Bayonet Point, Florida; and Matthew Martin, 25, of Lancaster, Wisconsin pleaded guilty to their roles in the enterprise.
January 25, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
New Hampshire State Police arrested Ronal Rodriguez-Fuentes, a 40-year-old Honduran citizen, for vehicular violations. At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez was the subject of an active criminal warrant in Honduras for human trafficking charges.
January 25, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
Officials removed Mendez Gomez via ground transportation with assistance from ERO Harlingen, turning him over to Mexican authorities at the port of entry in Brownsville, Texas. 
January 24, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
On Jan. 19, officers with the ERO Harlingen fugitive operations team arrested Carlos Mauricio Zavala, a citizen of El Salvador, in Edinburg.
January 24, 2023
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The symposium coincided with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Wear Blue Day. More than a dozen law enforcement agencies, nongovernmental organizations and community partners participated.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Dakotah James Gilmore, 32, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI Kansas City Taekuk Cho and United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Aaron Joseph Kearney, 50, of Lincoln, to 13 years imprisonment for possession of child pornography on Jan. 20.
January 24, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI Kansas City Taekuk Cho and United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that a jury found Dalonte Foard, 25, of Omaha, Nebraska, guilty Jan. 24 after a four-day trial in federal court for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking following an HSI and law enforcement partner investigation.
January 23, 2023
|Child Exploitation
Javier Alejandro Parada, 36, used a social media account to share nearly 35 files containing child sexual exploitation material in a group chat between Dec. 31, 2020, and Jan. 2, 2021, according to court documents.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal, Transnational Gangs
Gerber Membreno-Portillo, 22, has an active arrest warrant in El Salvador for the crime of aggravated terrorist organizations (MS-13) against the public peace and security of the state.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
ICE’s Air Operations Unit coordinated a flight for Juan Pablo Gonzalez Ferrer, 48, from the Harrisburg International Airport to Louisiana’s Alexandria International Airport Jan. 10. On Jan. 11, authorities flew him to the Valley International Airport in Harlingen, Texas.
January 23, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
ERO officers transported Carlos Mario Zacarias-Jimenez, 39, from the South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall to the port of entry in Laredo. Officers turned Zacarias over to Mexican authorities without incident.
January 20, 2023
|Narcotics
Hector Ruiz, 30, received the four-and-a-half-year sentence Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for his part in a multistate drug trafficking conspiracy with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
January 20, 2023
|Transnational Gangs, Narcotics
Reyna, Coleman and Martinez are documented La Quarenta gang members.
January 19, 2023
|Financial Crimes, Enforcement and Removal
ERO Miami, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Giovanni Radu, a 22-year-old citizen of Italy who entered the United States as a nonimmigrant and violated the terms of his admission. ERO Miami detained Radu in Royal Palm Harbor.
January 19, 2023
|Enforcement and Removal
On Dec. 14, Tenescalco-Mejia entered the United States by climbing over the border wall near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Immigration officials arrested him and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He remained detained at the El Paso Processing Center until his removal Jan. 18.
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Updated: 07/26/2021