ICE Breaking News https://www.ice.gov/ en News Copyright 2020 webmaster@ice.gov (Web Master) Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:57:43 -0400 ICE HSI investigation leads to 25-year sentence for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-child-exploitation Court records show that from Aug. 2020 through Nov. 2020, Andrew J. Kerr, 32, of Corbin, Kentucky, recorded multiple videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with a minor victim. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-child-exploitation Wed, 09/15/2021 - 10:15 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI investigation results in 15 year-sentence for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-15-year-sentence-child-exploitation According to the plea agreement, Daniel Logan Brown, 24, admitted to advertising child pornography by circulating hyperlinks to online data storage accounts containing thousands of files of child pornography for others to download. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-15-year-sentence-child-exploitation Tue, 09/14/2021 - 11:30 ICE Breaking News Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty to producing thousands of sexually explicit images and videos involving children following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-producing-thousands-sexually-explicit-images-and As the result of a probe by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, Billy Edward Frederick, 51, of Redondo Beach, pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with production of child pornography for transportation into the United States and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-producing-thousands-sexually-explicit-images-and Mon, 09/13/2021 - 14:37 ICE Breaking News Kidnapped daughter, mother reunited with HSI, law enforcement collaboration https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/kidnapped-daughter-mother-reunited-hsi-law-enforcement-collaboration The daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, 19, of Cilpancingo, Mexico, also a U.S. citizen, reached out to her mother through social media in June 2021 and the mother and daughter arranged to meet on Sept. 10, 2021, in Laredo. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/kidnapped-daughter-mother-reunited-hsi-law-enforcement-collaboration Mon, 09/13/2021 - 10:10 ICE Breaking News Former Navy commander sentenced to life in federal prison for coercing a minor, child pornography charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-navy-commander-sentenced-life-federal-prison-coercing-minor-child-pornography Lieutenant Commander Ronald W. Zenga, 45, of Middletown, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty on November 19, 2020, to coercion of a minor, distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-navy-commander-sentenced-life-federal-prison-coercing-minor-child-pornography Fri, 09/10/2021 - 13:03 ICE Breaking News Florida man sentenced for transporting 149 noncitizens inside his tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/florida-man-sentenced-transporting-149-noncitizens-inside-his-tractor-trailer Joseph Winslow, 54, from Fort Meade, Florida, also was ordered to serve three years supervised release after completing his sentence. Winslow pleaded guilty March 5. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/florida-man-sentenced-transporting-149-noncitizens-inside-his-tractor-trailer Fri, 09/10/2021 - 10:07 ICE Breaking News 2 Nevada men charged with defrauding victims out of $3.3 million in home rental scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-nevada-men-charged-defrauding-victims-out-33-million-home-rental-scheme According to allegations in court documents, from about March 2018 until about September 2019, Norbert Ozemena Ikwuegbundo, 28, and Omniyi Jonathan Omotere, 35, both citizens of Nigeria, and others, engaged in the fraudulent scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-nevada-men-charged-defrauding-victims-out-33-million-home-rental-scheme Thu, 09/09/2021 - 14:44 ICE Breaking News Couple indicted for harboring undocumented noncitizens https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/couple-indicted-harboring-undocumented-noncitizens Yun Zheng, a.k.a. Wendy, 50, and Yan Qui Wu, a.k.a. Jason, 48, both of Alexandria, Kentucky, were charged with four counts of concealing, harboring, or shielding a person for commercial and private financial gain, and one count of conspiracy to conceal, harbor, or shield persons for commercial and private financial gain. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/couple-indicted-harboring-undocumented-noncitizens Thu, 09/09/2021 - 11:21 ICE Breaking News South Texas man sentenced for harboring noncitizens in unsanitary, crowded conditions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-harboring-noncitizens-unsanitary-crowded-conditions Santos DeLeon-Cardenas, 35, from Brownsville was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years supervised release. De Leon-Cardenas pleaded guilty April 29.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-harboring-noncitizens-unsanitary-crowded-conditions Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:04 ICE Breaking News HSI seeks help identifying potential victims of Inland Empire man indicted for multiple counts of child exploitation crime https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-inland-empire-man-indicted-multiple A federal grand jury charged Steve Jackson Rodriguez, 37, of Pomona, in a six-count indictment that includes four counts alleging he produced child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-inland-empire-man-indicted-multiple Wed, 09/08/2021 - 13:48 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI-led investigation results in federal drug charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-federal-drug-charges According to court documents, Jerry Lee Bright, 62, of Marion County, Kentucky, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-federal-drug-charges Wed, 09/08/2021 - 09:21 ICE Breaking News Ex-Montebello police officer pleads guilty to bribery charge following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-montebello-police-officer-pleads-guilty-bribery-charge-following-hsi-investigation As the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, Rudolph Petersen, 34, pleaded guilty to a single-count information charging him with bribery.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-montebello-police-officer-pleads-guilty-bribery-charge-following-hsi-investigation Tue, 09/07/2021 - 15:42 ICE Breaking News North Texas man sentenced for transporting 126 noncitizens inside tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-transporting-126-noncitizens-inside-tractor-trailer Jose Luis Ramos Jr., 46, was sentenced Sept. 7 to 80 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-transporting-126-noncitizens-inside-tractor-trailer Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:04 ICE Breaking News HSI probe leads to extradition of Mexican national who allegedly headed international cocaine trafficking organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-extradition-mexican-national-who-allegedly-headed-international Angel Humberto Chavez-Gastelum, 47, who was initially arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2018, in Querétaro, Mexico, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges contained in a 22-count indictment that accuses him of being the principal manager of a narcotics enterprise. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-extradition-mexican-national-who-allegedly-headed-international Fri, 09/03/2021 - 14:32 ICE Breaking News Former Arizona bank manager sentenced to 30 months for money laundering following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-arizona-bank-manager-sentenced-30-months-money-laundering-following-hsi Carlos Antonio Vasquez, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto. On April 19, Vasquez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering after his arrest on Sept. 24, 2019.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-arizona-bank-manager-sentenced-30-months-money-laundering-following-hsi Fri, 09/03/2021 - 09:37 ICE Breaking News ICE announces new online scheduling tool for noncitizen check-in appointments https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-new-online-scheduling-tool-noncitizen-check-appointments Noncitizens can create an appointment online using information found on their I-385 form, thus eliminating the need to wait on the phone or travel to an ICE office to make an appointment on a walk-in basis. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-new-online-scheduling-tool-noncitizen-check-appointments Thu, 09/02/2021 - 10:28 ICE Breaking News South Texas couple convicted for their role in harboring nearly 100 noncitizens at local hotel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-couple-convicted-their-role-harboring-nearly-100-noncitizens-local-hotel Issac Livan Martinez, 23 and Gina Alexandria Guzman, 26, both from San Juan, Texas were charged with conspiracy and harboring noncitizens at a hotel in Pharr, Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-couple-convicted-their-role-harboring-nearly-100-noncitizens-local-hotel Thu, 09/02/2021 - 07:09 ICE Breaking News Mexican national encountered at South Texas border sentenced for possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-encountered-south-texas-border-sentenced-possessing-child Luis Felipe Salazar-Sanchez, 29, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Salazar-Sanchez, a non-U.S. citizen, set to face removal proceedings following completion of his sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-encountered-south-texas-border-sentenced-possessing-child Wed, 09/01/2021 - 07:12 ICE Breaking News ICE announces extension to new employee guidance to I-9 compliance flexibility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-1 Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy until Dec. 31, 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-extension-new-employee-guidance-i-9-compliance-flexibility-1 Tue, 08/31/2021 - 17:02 ICE Breaking News HSI Phoenix, police arrest 2 men for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-police-arrest-2-men-alleged-sexual-exploitation-minor On Friday morning, law enforcement executed a state search warrant at a residence on the 7200 block of SR 92 resulting in the arrest of Luis Cesar Fernandez De Castro, 35, of Sierra Vista. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-police-arrest-2-men-alleged-sexual-exploitation-minor Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:03 ICE Breaking News Disbarred lawyer found guilty of multiple felonies for stealing client settlement money and cheating on federal income taxes following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/disbarred-lawyer-found-guilty-multiple-felonies-stealing-client-settlement-money-and As the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, IRS Criminal Investigation and the FBI, Philip James Layfield, a.k.a. “Philip Samuel Pesin,” 48, of Las Vegas and formerly of Coto de Caza, was found guilty of 19 counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one count of tax evasion, one count of failure to collect and pay over payroll taxes and one misdemeanor charge of failure to file a tax return. Following the jury verdicts, Layfield was remanded into federal custody. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/disbarred-lawyer-found-guilty-multiple-felonies-stealing-client-settlement-money-and Thu, 08/26/2021 - 14:56 ICE Breaking News South Texas man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing, receiving over 22,000 pornographic images https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-14-years-prison-possessing-receiving-over-22000 Robert Andrew Riley, 68, from South Padre Island, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 26, in federal court to 168 months in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-14-years-prison-possessing-receiving-over-22000 Thu, 08/26/2021 - 13:54 ICE Breaking News Gun smuggler who worked at US Consulate sentenced to nearly 4 years in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/gun-smuggler-who-worked-us-consulate-sentenced-nearly-4-years-arizona On Nov. 4, 2020, Bray-Vazquez, a driver for the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, attempted to enter Mexico through the Nogales Port of Entry while driving a U.S. Consular vehicle. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/gun-smuggler-who-worked-us-consulate-sentenced-nearly-4-years-arizona Thu, 08/26/2021 - 10:26 ICE Breaking News Man sentenced for distribution of "bath salts" across Utah https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-sentenced-distribution-bath-salts-across-utah Brent Orton, 63, of Salt Lake City plead guilty to a one-count criminal information filed by federal prosecutors charging him with possession with intent to distribute Alpha PHP in June of 2021. In the plea agreement, Orton admitted to receiving a package of Alpha PHP with the intent to distribute the illegal narcotic. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-sentenced-distribution-bath-salts-across-utah Wed, 08/25/2021 - 11:41 ICE Breaking News Mexican man sentenced to 20 years for importing nearly $2.4 million through South Texas https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-20-years-importing-nearly-24-million-through-south-texas Hermenegildo Espino-Trejo, 41, was sentenced Aug. 25 in federal court to 240 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court heard additional information including how Espino-Trejo recruited an unwitting truck driver to import a multi-million dollar load of narcotics into the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-20-years-importing-nearly-24-million-through-south-texas Wed, 08/25/2021 - 10:22 ICE Breaking News