Juan Carlos Saravia Climaco, a 35-year-old unlawfully present Salvadoran national, was 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, he was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).
Federal law enforcement partners, including HSI, the FBI, the Federal Reserve Board, and the IRS Criminal Investigation, were integral to the DOJ’s announcement today of criminal charges against six defendants in four separate cases for their alleged involvement in cryptocurrency-related fraud, including the largest known Non-Fungible Token (NFT) scheme charged to date, a fraudulent investment fund that purportedly traded on cryptocurrency exchanges, a global Ponzi scheme involving the sale of unregistered crypto securities, and a fraudulent initial coin offering.
On Sept. 27, 2021, following six weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Kelly of all nine counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, forced labor and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity.
According to the criminal complaints filed last week, in January 2020, AZDPS began an investigation targeting a drug and firearms supplier in South Phoenix. In February 2021, in conjunction with the AZDPS investigation, the FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force began investigating the Lindo Park Crips (LPC), a criminal street gang operating in South Phoenix.
Jamaar Charles Samuels, 39, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash, who also sentenced Samuel’s co-defendant Patrick Michael La Fever, 60, also of Tucson, last summer to 97 months in prison followed by 60 months of supervised release. Both men previously pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and, in La Fever’s case, the conspiracy included the distribution of heroin.
Juan Carlos Rubio, 26, of Tucson, previously pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States, smuggling goods from the United States, false statements in connection with acquisition of firearm, and aiding and abetting false statements in connection with acquisition of firearm.
Michael Aaron Galvan, a 42-year-old resident of Corpus Christi, was sentenced in the Southern District of Texas. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term.
As the Western District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s Office announced, Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, was arrested June 29 on criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in noncitizen smuggling resulting in death, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324.
Andrew David Ferrill, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes June 28, to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Ferrill to spend 20 years on supervised release following incarceration.
Edwin Lopez-Chavez, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in the Southern District of Texas. On March 25 he was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine after a jury deliberated for less than five hours following a two-day trial.
Bryan Wesley Fulfer, a 55-year-old resident of Aransas Pass, was sentenced Tuesday in the Southern District of Texas. He was further ordered to serve three years on supervised release following completion of his prison term. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet.
Chad Everett Williams Jr., a 32-year-old Corpus Christi resident, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to possessing a loaded Diamondback Firearms pistol and 18 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Moses Slanger Wright, 69, of Philadelphia, with fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship, fraud in immigration documents, false statements in relation to naturalization, and perjury following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia.
According to court documents, Ryan Meyung, 30, engaged six minor victims in sexually explicit conduct to produce images of child sexual abuse, and transported and possessed visual images of child sexual abuse. The alleged crimes occurred between 2019 and 2021; Meyung was arrested on state charges in December 2021 and has remained in custody.
According to his plea agreement, Cole Thomas Salazar, 32, used an online classified advertisement service to offer controlled substances for sale. After communicating online with the victim – identified in court documents by the initials S.E.F. – Salazar sold fentanyl to S.E.F. on Nov. 2, 2020.
These efforts yielded seizures of more than 478,000 counterfeit pharmaceutical pills laced with fentanyl, as well as about 51 kilograms of methamphetamine, 10 kilograms of cocaine, 4 kilograms of powder fentanyl, and 4 kilograms of heroin. Agents also seized about $230,000 in assets.
Project iGuardian focuses on keeping children and teens safer from online predators through education and awareness. The project is an outreach effort to share information about the dangers of online environments, how to stay safer online, and how to report abuse and suspicious activity. Project iGuardian helps children, teens and parents learn more about staying safe from online sexual predators.
According to court documents, in June 2021, special agents executed a search warrant on the residence of Kevin Holguin-Cano, 29, and found materials depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Honduran national Jairo Samir Hernandez-Bautista, 30, was flown from San Antonio International Airport on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, the fugitive was turned over to the Honduran National Police, June 17.