ICE Breaking News https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Breaking News en News Copyright 2020 webmaster@ice.gov (Web Master) Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:21:14 -0500 HSI, FBI, CBP seize more than 460,000 counterfeit N-95 masks en route to first responders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-fbi-cbp-seize-more-460000-counterfeit-n-95-masks-en-route-first-responders More than 460,000 counterfeit 3M N95 surgical masks destined to be used by first responders in the Puget Sound region were seized Wednesday by HSI's BEST, U.S. CBP and the FBI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-fbi-cbp-seize-more-460000-counterfeit-n-95-masks-en-route-first-responders Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:20 ICE Breaking News HSI probe leads to federal charges against 3 Los Angeles-area men for running counterfeit document ring that created and sold dozens of false passports, IDs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Carlos Ayala Hernandez, a.k.a. “Juan Juarez,” 44, of Granada Hills, the 19-count indictment’s lead defendant; and Nestor Perez, a.k.a. “Daniel Perez,” 32, of Van Nuys, each pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy count, nine counts of production of false identification documents, seven counts of transferring false identification documents and one count of possession of five or more false identification documents. Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Tue, 02/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Breaking News Wyoming man investigated by HSI receives 30-year prison term for producing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wyoming-man-investigated-hsi-receives-30-year-prison-term-producing-child-pornography Christopher Willoughby pleaded guilty to multiple counts of production of child pornography Aug. 17, 2020. He was remanded to the Bureau of Prisons in the District of Wyoming. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wyoming-man-investigated-hsi-receives-30-year-prison-term-producing-child-pornography Tue, 02/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Breaking News HSI partners with local law enforcement in child exploitation takedown https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-local-law-enforcement-child-exploitation-takedown Operation Broken Hearts was an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children. These 37 suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-local-law-enforcement-child-exploitation-takedown Tue, 02/23/2021 - 12:20 ICE Breaking News ICE removes WWII Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-wwii-nazi-concentration-camp-guard-germany Friedrich Karl Berger, a German citizen, participated in Nazi-sponsored persecution while serving in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system (Neuengamme). He was ordered removed from the United States in February 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-wwii-nazi-concentration-camp-guard-germany Sat, 02/20/2021 - 08:34 ICE Breaking News HSI Pacific Northwest investigation, CBP seizure result in transfer of 51 ancient coins to University of Washington for historical research https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe and Customs and Border Protection seizure resulted in the transfer of 51 Greek Hellenistic and early Islamic coins to the University of Washington Libraries in a ceremony hosted on the UW campus, Thursday. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:46 ICE Breaking News ICE announces temporary guidelines for its enforcement and removal operations https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-temporary-guidelines-its-enforcement-and-removal-operations ICE’s interim guidance will focus the agency’s civil immigration enforcement and removal resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. The guidance defines which cases are presumed to present such threats and do not require prior approval. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-temporary-guidelines-its-enforcement-and-removal-operations Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:02 ICE Breaking News DHS prevents millions of counterfeit N95 masks from reaching hospital workers, first responders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-prevents-millions-counterfeit-n95-masks-reaching-hospital-workers-first Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) federal agents have seized approximately 10 million counterfeit 3M N95 respirator masks in recent weeks, the result of ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and manufacturer 3M to prevent counterfeit masks from reaching hospital workers and first responders. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-prevents-millions-counterfeit-n95-masks-reaching-hospital-workers-first Wed, 02/17/2021 - 17:20 ICE Breaking News HSI partners with NCA to identify 'SIM swapping' attack on US celebrities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-nca-identify-sim-swapping-attack-us-celebrities The NCA-led investigation into these attacks identified numerous victims, including well-known influencers, sports stars, musicians and their families. On Feb. 9, eight suspected members of the criminal group aged 18-26 were arrested in England and Scotland. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-nca-identify-sim-swapping-attack-us-celebrities Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:03 ICE Breaking News Goodyear man sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation of minor following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-sentenced-20-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-following-hsi Jesse Anthony Garcia, 30, of Goodyear, had previously admitted to recording a video in which a minor victim was engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct, and attempting to record a video in which a minor victim was engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct in 2016. Garcia pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-sentenced-20-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-following-hsi Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:50 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI Portland arrests ex-camp instructor for child exploitation material https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-portland-arrests-ex-camp-instructor-child-exploitation-material HSI Portland executed a search warrant at Alexander Wiese’s residence in Portland and arrested the former camp instructor Wednesday for receiving child pornography and accessing it with intent to view child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-portland-arrests-ex-camp-instructor-child-exploitation-material Fri, 02/12/2021 - 13:33 ICE Breaking News 3 Baltimore-area men facing federal charges for fraud scheme purporting to sell COVID-19 vaccines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-baltimore-area-men-facing-federal-charges-fraud-scheme-purporting-sell-covid-19 The criminal complaint was filed on February 9, 2021 and was unsealed today upon the defendants’ arrests. Charged in the criminal complaint are: Olakitan Oluwalade (“Olaki”), age 22, of Windsor Mill, Maryland; Olaki’s cousin, Odunayo Baba Oluwalade (“Baba”), age 25, of Windsor Mill; and Kelly Lamont Williams, age 22, of Owings Mills, Maryland. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-baltimore-area-men-facing-federal-charges-fraud-scheme-purporting-sell-covid-19 Fri, 02/12/2021 - 10:09 ICE Breaking News ICE renews, expands fugitive information sharing agreement with Guatemala https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-renews-expands-fugitive-information-sharing-agreement-guatemala ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Assistant Director for Enforcement, Chris Cronen, took part in the ceremonial signing of the Criminal History Information Sharing (CHIS) Addendum Memorandum of Cooperation with the Guatemalan Minister of the Interior Gendri Rocael Reyes Mazariegos.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-renews-expands-fugitive-information-sharing-agreement-guatemala Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:11 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI El Paso, CBP seize more than $100,000 in counterfeit NFL, other sports-related merchandise https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related HSI special agents and CBP officers conducted joint enforcement operations from Jan. 22 through Feb. 5 and seized counterfeit merchandise in various locations in El Paso County, including an Eastside parking lot, a Lower Valley business, and a Horizon City residence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related Wed, 02/10/2021 - 15:09 ICE Breaking News South Texas man sentenced to more than 11 years for enticing minor on social media https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-11-years-enticing-minor-social-media On Feb. 10, Jason Hernandez, 34, was also ordered to serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children. And, he will have to register as a sex offender. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-11-years-enticing-minor-social-media Wed, 02/10/2021 - 13:36 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI-led investigation results in South Texas grand jury indicting Houston man for smuggling 119 undocumented immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man On Feb. 9, a Laredo grand jury returned an indictment against Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, from Houston, charging him with conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants. Rhodes is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man Tue, 02/09/2021 - 15:09 ICE Breaking News ICE recognizes International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recognizes-international-day-zero-tolerance-female-genital-mutilation Partners of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC) including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division join foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations and local communities to call for the eradication of the practice. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recognizes-international-day-zero-tolerance-female-genital-mutilation Tue, 02/09/2021 - 14:27 ICE Breaking News Orange County man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for brokering illegal sales of 'ghost guns,' other firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Pedro Javier Villalobos, 24, of Santa Ana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. Villalobos pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:29 ICE Breaking News ICE probe leads to 15 years in prison for ex-lawyer who executed multimillion-dollar fraud where clients were victimized by forged judges’ signatures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who stated that he intends at a future date to order Ohanian to pay restitution in an amount exceeding $2.5 million. Ohanian pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud and has been in federal custody since the following month, when his bond was revoked because of allegations that he was continuing to defraud his clients. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:06 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI, NFL partner to prevent fake sports-related merchandise from reaching fans ahead of big game https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nfl-partner-prevent-fake-sports-related-merchandise-reaching-fans-ahead-big HSI announced Wednesday, the seizure of more than 169,000 counterfeit sports-related items over the past year, worth an estimated $45 million. This announcement was made during a joint press conference in Tampa with the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Tampa Police Department (TPD). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nfl-partner-prevent-fake-sports-related-merchandise-reaching-fans-ahead-big Wed, 02/03/2021 - 18:06 ICE Breaking News Complaint seeks forfeiture of Iranian oil aboard tanker based on connection to terror group https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/complaint-seeks-forfeiture-iranian-oil-aboard-tanker-based-connection-terror-group The complaint alleges a scheme involving multiple entities affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to covertly ship Iranian oil to a customer abroad. Participants in the scheme attempted to disguise the origin of the oil using ship-to-ship transfers, falsified documents and other means, and provided a fraudulent bill of lading to deceive the owners of the Achilleas into loading the oil in question. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/complaint-seeks-forfeiture-iranian-oil-aboard-tanker-based-connection-terror-group Wed, 02/03/2021 - 11:40 ICE Breaking News Receiving, distributing child pornography sends Montana man to prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/receiving-distributing-child-pornography-sends-montana-man-prison Derek Wallace Johnson, 41, pleaded guilty Sept. 23, 2020 to the distribution of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/receiving-distributing-child-pornography-sends-montana-man-prison Wed, 02/03/2021 - 10:16 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI Dallas led investigation results in Denton man receiving 15 year sentence for trafficking a 17-year old https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence William Adam Jonathan Smith, 31, was found guilty by a federal jury. He was convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor and one count of Sex Trafficking of a Minor. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence Wed, 02/03/2021 - 07:10 ICE Breaking News ICE HSI investigation results in the sentencing of Bandidos gang member for transporting undocumented immigrants and obstructing justice https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting On Feb. 2, 2021, Benito Lopez III, 53, from Los Ebanos appeared before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez who sentenced him to 82 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting Tue, 02/02/2021 - 10:12 ICE Breaking News Sinaloa cartel-linked fentanyl and heroin traffickers plead guilty, sentenced in Operation Cookout https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sinaloa-cartel-linked-fentanyl-and-heroin-traffickers-plead-guilty-sentenced According to court documents, Ramiro Ramirez-Barreto, 44, from the Mexican State of Morelos, operated a continuing criminal enterprise with ties to Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and California. Ramirez-Barreto was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, as were his drug sources. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sinaloa-cartel-linked-fentanyl-and-heroin-traffickers-plead-guilty-sentenced Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:04 ICE Breaking News