ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:05:38 -0400 South Texas man indicted for manufacturing 'ghost guns' destined for Mexican drug cartel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-indicted-manufacturing-ghost-guns-destined-mexican-drug-cartel On June 15, William Scotts Simms, 73, was indicted on three counts for aiding and abetting the attempt to illegally export a silencer, possession of 11 unregistered machine guns and possession of an unregistered silencer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-indicted-manufacturing-ghost-guns-destined-mexican-drug-cartel Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit HSI conducts investigation of Bulgarian national sentenced to federal prison for illegal exports to Russian military and space program https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-conducts-investigation-bulgarian-national-sentenced-federal-prison-illegal Tsvetan Kanev, 49, of Sofia, Bulgaria, pleaded guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in March 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-conducts-investigation-bulgarian-national-sentenced-federal-prison-illegal Fri, 05/21/2021 - 13:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit US files complaint to forfeit Iranian missiles and sells previously transferred Iranian petroleum https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-files-complaint-forfeit-iranian-missiles-and-sells-previously-transferred-iranian U.S. Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) seized the weapons from two flagless vessels in the Arabian Sea on Nov. 25, 2019 and Feb. 9, 2020, respectively. The weapons included 171 guided anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles, land attack cruise missile components, anti-ship cruise missile components, thermal weapons optics, and other components for missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-files-complaint-forfeit-iranian-missiles-and-sells-previously-transferred-iranian Fri, 10/30/2020 - 08:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Civilian navy engineer, 3 others arrested on federal charges of theft, sale of government-owned technical information https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civilian-navy-engineer-3-others-arrested-federal-charges-theft-sale-government-owned The arrests were made pursuant to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that alleges a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy downloaded technical drawings and manuals related to U.S. military weapons systems and sold the items to a Newport Beach company, which later resold the documents to domestic and foreign customers. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civilian-navy-engineer-3-others-arrested-federal-charges-theft-sale-government-owned Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit ICE removes man convicted of unlawful export of firearm components https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-man-convicted-unlawful-export-firearm-components On Feb. 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed Thai national Apichart Srivaranon, 35, to Thailand. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-man-convicted-unlawful-export-firearm-components Wed, 02/26/2020 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit 3 Saudi nationals charged with smuggling firearms parts from US to Saudi Arabia without an export license https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-saudi-nationals-charged-smuggling-firearms-parts-us-saudi-arabia-without-export A five-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Riverside charges Hatim Humeed Alsufyani, 36, and Mosab Alzahrani, 27, both formerly of San Bernardino, with one count of conspiracy to smuggle goods out of the United States without obtaining export licenses. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-saudi-nationals-charged-smuggling-firearms-parts-us-saudi-arabia-without-export Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Chinese national sentenced to 40 months in prison for conspiring to illegally export military and space-grade technology from the US to China https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-sentenced-40-months-prison-conspiring-illegally-export-military-and “This sentence is well deserved and further demonstrates the lengths of criminal activity by those who seek to engage in illegally obtaining sophisticated materials,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “One of HSI’s top priorities is preventing U.S. military products and sensitive technology from falling into the hands of those who might seek to harm America or its interests. We will continue to aggressively pursue violators wherever they may be.” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-sentenced-40-months-prison-conspiring-illegally-export-military-and Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Arms trafficker convicted in anti-aircraft missiles scheme and of other arms offenses sentenced to 30 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arms-trafficker-convicted-anti-aircraft-missiles-scheme-and-other-arms-offenses Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem, 53, who was commonly known as Rami Ghanem, a naturalized United States citizen who was living in Egypt at the time of the offenses, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arms-trafficker-convicted-anti-aircraft-missiles-scheme-and-other-arms-offenses Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit ICE Homeland Security Investigations announces results of international operation targeting weapons traffickers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-announces-results-international-operation The international operation resulted in a total of 25 arrests and 53 search warrants executed in three countries. Over the course of the operation, law enforcement seized 5,300 firearms and components, 167 explosives/ordinances and 15 silencers from the transnational criminal organization (TCO). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-announces-results-international-operation Fri, 06/28/2019 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Australian national sentenced for illegally exporting aircraft parts to Iran https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/australian-national-sentenced-illegally-exporting-aircraft-parts-iran David Russell Levick, 57, of Cherrybrook NSW, Australia, who previously pled guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Feb. 1, 2019, was sentenced by the Honorable James E. Boasberg. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/australian-national-sentenced-illegally-exporting-aircraft-parts-iran Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Arms trafficker found guilty of conspiring to supply and use anti-aircraft missiles after pleading guilty to other arms offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arms-trafficker-found-guilty-conspiring-supply-and-use-anti-aircraft-missiles-after Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem, 52, who was commonly known as Rami Ghanem, a naturalized United States citizen who was living in Egypt at the time of the offenses, was found guilty of the missile conspiracy charge late Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court. The jury returned the verdict at the conclusion of a nine-day trial. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arms-trafficker-found-guilty-conspiring-supply-and-use-anti-aircraft-missiles-after Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Los Angeles-area woman sentenced to federal prison in scheme to smuggle restricted space communications technology to China https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-woman-sentenced-federal-prison-scheme-smuggle-restricted-space Si Chen, 33, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to violate the IEEPA, which controls and restricts the export of certain goods and technology from the United States to foreign nations. Chen also pleaded guilty to money laundering and using a forged passport with her photo but a different name that appeared to have been issued by the People’s Republic of China. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-woman-sentenced-federal-prison-scheme-smuggle-restricted-space Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty in scheme to violate US sanctions against Syria https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-scheme-violate-us-sanctions-against-syria Rasheed Al Jijakli, 57, a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-scheme-violate-us-sanctions-against-syria Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Port St. Lucie man pleads guilty to international firearms trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/port-st-lucie-man-pleads-guilty-international-firearms-trafficking Frederik Barbieri, 46, of Ft. Pierce Fla., pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and one felony count of unlicensed exportation of defense articles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/port-st-lucie-man-pleads-guilty-international-firearms-trafficking Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Russian man sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to illegally export firearm parts and accessories https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/russian-man-sentenced-18-months-federal-prison-attempting-illegally-export-firearm A Russian man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to unlawfully export more than $100,000 in firearm parts, ammunition and accessories, including parts designed for assault rifles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/russian-man-sentenced-18-months-federal-prison-attempting-illegally-export-firearm Fri, 03/23/2018 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Iranian national sentenced in Minnesota to 15 months in federal prison for conspiring to illegally export restricted technology to Iran https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/iranian-national-sentenced-minnesota-15-months-federal-prison-conspiring-illegally Aliereza Jalali, 39, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen in the District of Minnesota, on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 29, 2017. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/iranian-national-sentenced-minnesota-15-months-federal-prison-conspiring-illegally Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Port St. Lucie man indicted on weapons charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/port-st-lucie-man-indicted-weapons-charges Frederik Barbieri, 36, of Ft. Pierce, Florida, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, one count of delivering firearms to a contract carrier without notification, that shipment contained firearms, one count of smuggling firearms and fire accessories from the United States to Brazil and one count of exporting firearms and firearms accessories without a license https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/port-st-lucie-man-indicted-weapons-charges Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit 2 men indicted for scheme to export firearms to Kurds in Iraq https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-men-indicted-scheme-export-firearms-kurds-iraq Paul Stuart Brunt, 51, of Bellevue, Washington, and Rawnd Khaleel Aldalawi, 29, of Seattle, were arrested on a criminal complaint January 24, 2018.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-men-indicted-scheme-export-firearms-kurds-iraq Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit North Texas man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for conspiring to illegally export radiation-hardened integrated circuits to Russia and China https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-nearly-4-years-federal-prison-conspiring-illegally-export According to the plea agreement, between about June 2015 and March 2016, Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas, and his co-conspirators agreed to illegally export RHICs to China and Russia in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-nearly-4-years-federal-prison-conspiring-illegally-export Wed, 01/24/2018 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit 56 riflescopes/combat optics seized during joint operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/56-riflescopescombat-optics-seized-during-joint-operation HSI and Department of Commerce OEE Special Agents partner to address vulnerabilities in the export sector and work to conduct Project Shield America (PSA) outreach presentations to certain “reshipper” businesses that are unique to Delaware.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/56-riflescopescombat-optics-seized-during-joint-operation Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Italian national pleads guilty to illegally exporting and attempting to export military technology https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/italian-national-pleads-guilty-illegally-exporting-and-attempting-export-military Giovanni Zannoni, 35, of Gavorrano, Italy, has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting and attempting to export night vision equipment and assault rifle components.  As part of his plea, Zannoni agreed to forfeit $436,673.73, in addition to the dozens of gun parts and night vision and thermal imaging devices recovered by the government in connection with this prosecution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/italian-national-pleads-guilty-illegally-exporting-and-attempting-export-military Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit HSI Special Agent featured in CNN documentary https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-special-agent-featured-cnn-documentary “Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies” is a CNN Original Series hosted by former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers. Each week, the series highlights true stories of America’s covert operations with first-person accounts told by the agents who lived it. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-special-agent-featured-cnn-documentary Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit Chinese national sentenced to 3 years for scheme to illegally export military-grade materials https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-sentenced-3-years-scheme-illegally-export-military-grade-materials Fuyi Sun, aka Frank, 53, of Shanghai, China, was arrested, and subsequently convicted, in connection with a scheme to illegally export to China, without a license, high-grade carbon fiber that is used primarily in aerospace and military applications. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-sentenced-3-years-scheme-illegally-export-military-grade-materials Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit North Texas man pleads guilty in conspiracy to illegally export radiation-hardened integrated circuits to Russia and China https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-illegally-export-radiation-hardened Peter Zuccarelli, from Plano, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle and illegally export from the U.S., radiation-hardened integrated circuits (RHICs) for use in the space programs of China and Russia, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-illegally-export-radiation-hardened Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit