ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:43:42 -0400 3 Nevada men indicted on fentanyl distribution charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-nevada-men-indicted-fentanyl-distribution-charges Jesse Arevalo, aka “Kay,” 30, and Francisco Navarro-Delgado, 32, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and heroin, and one count of maintaining drug involved premises. Arevalo is also charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-nevada-men-indicted-fentanyl-distribution-charges Thu, 04/15/2021 - 14:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics HSI, CBP, DEA seize $1.28 million, arrest 4 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-dea-seize-128-million-arrest-4-st-thomas-us-virgin-islands Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering Alliance (CMLA) seized Thursday $1.28 million in cash from an abandoned vehicle in the Stumpy Beach-area on the west end of St. Thomas, USVI and arrested four men. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-dea-seize-128-million-arrest-4-st-thomas-us-virgin-islands Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:55 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics HSI San Juan arrests 22 for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms in Mayagüez https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-san-juan-arrests-22-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession-firearms-mayaguez According to court documents, from 2016, the drug trafficking organization distributed cocaine base, commonly known as crack, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, within the Franklin D. Roosevelt Public Housing Project (PHP) and other areas in the municipality of Mayagüez, all for financial gain and profit.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-san-juan-arrests-22-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession-firearms-mayaguez Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:54 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics HSI, CBP seize $14.7 million in counterfeit electronics at South Texas’ World Trade Bridge https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-seize-147-million-counterfeit-electronics-south-texas-world-trade-bridge After the seizure of 618 boxes and 40 bags of merchandise for alleged trademark infringement, the case was turned over to HSI as part of a collaborative effort with CBP’s Electronics and Machinery CEEs. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-seize-147-million-counterfeit-electronics-south-texas-world-trade-bridge Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:32 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man sentenced for conspiring to import more than 8.8 kilograms of cocaine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-conspiring-import-more-88-kilograms-cocaine On Oct. 8, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana sentenced Omar Jaime Flores, 42, from Monterrey, Mexico, to 36 months in prison. In imposing the sentence, the court noted he was a border crosser and now will be forever banned from the United States. Flores pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 2, 2019. During the course of the investigation, ICE HSI learned that Flores is a not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings after serving his sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-conspiring-import-more-88-kilograms-cocaine Thu, 10/08/2020 - 15:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican drug smuggler sentenced for his role in conspiring to import 100% pure meth https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-drug-smuggler-sentenced-his-role-conspiring-import-100-pure-meth A 43-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to federal prison Oct. 8, after he admitted to conspiring with others to import approximately 25 kilograms of 100% pure methamphetamine from Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-drug-smuggler-sentenced-his-role-conspiring-import-100-pure-meth Thu, 10/08/2020 - 15:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics 4 admit to plotting to deliver 68 pounds of cocaine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-admit-plotting-deliver-68-pounds-cocaine Aaron Hervey Esparza Villarreal, 27, from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, entered his guilty plea Aug. 4, in front of U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. He admitted he was part of a conspiracy that involved smuggling cocaine hidden inside a tractor trailer. Jose Contreras Rodriguez, 58, and Ernesto Yadir Martinez Campos, 39, both from Mexico and, Viviano Hernandez, 41, a U.S. citizen residing in Mexico, pleaded guilty in July of 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-admit-plotting-deliver-68-pounds-cocaine Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Woman sentenced to more than 5 years for attempting to smuggle black tar heroin https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-sentenced-more-5-years-attempting-smuggle-black-tar-heroin Angelica Nohemi Reyes-Vasquez, 28, from Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jason K. Pulliam, Western District of Texas to 70 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings following her incarceration. On Jan. 21, 2020, she pleaded guilty to one count of importation of heroin. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-sentenced-more-5-years-attempting-smuggle-black-tar-heroin Mon, 07/27/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics 2 Ukrainian nationals plead guilty to smuggling counterfeit cancer, hepatitis drugs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-ukrainian-nationals-plead-guilty-smuggling-counterfeit-cancer-hepatitis-drugs Ukrainian nationals Maksym Nienadov, 36, and Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 33, pleaded guilty July 17 in the Southern District of Texas to conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit drugs and smuggling goods into the United States. Nienadov also admitted to introducing misbranded medicine into the U.S. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-ukrainian-nationals-plead-guilty-smuggling-counterfeit-cancer-hepatitis-drugs Mon, 07/20/2020 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man convicted for attempting to import 2 tons of marijuana https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-convicted-attempting-import-2-tons-marijuana Ruben Maldonado-Espino, 30, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, Southern District of Texas. Since he is not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his incarceration. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-convicted-attempting-import-2-tons-marijuana Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man sentenced for transporting $250k worth in meth https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-transporting-250k-worth-meth Ramces Chavez-Gomez, 48, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, Southern District of Texas, to 72 months in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-transporting-250k-worth-meth Tue, 06/30/2020 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics West Texas man pleads guilty to role in scheme to sell protected cacti https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-man-pleads-guilty-role-scheme-sell-protected-cacti Harry George Bock II, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a scheme to illegally sell protected living rock cactus plants, following an investigation by special agents with ICE's HSI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-man-pleads-guilty-role-scheme-sell-protected-cacti Tue, 06/09/2020 - 08:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics South Texas man pleads guilty of attempting to export millions of cigarettes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-pleads-guilty-attempting-export-millions-cigarettes Jose Francisco Guerra, 80, from Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty May 26, before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, for attempting to export contraband cigarettes. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-pleads-guilty-attempting-export-millions-cigarettes Tue, 05/26/2020 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Los Angeles-area real estate agent pleads guilty to coordinating multi-million-dollar scheme that funded marijuana grow houses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-real-estate-agent-pleads-guilty-coordinating-multi-million-dollar Lin Li, a.k.a. Aaron Li, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute at least 1,000 marijuana plants. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-real-estate-agent-pleads-guilty-coordinating-multi-million-dollar Mon, 05/18/2020 - 19:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Truck driver charged with bringing nearly $2 million in cocaine to south Texas https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/truck-driver-charged-bringing-nearly-2-million-cocaine-south-texas Edgardo Serrano, 51, from New Boston, Michigan was charged April 24, 2020 by U.S. District Judge Ignacio Torteva III. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/truck-driver-charged-bringing-nearly-2-million-cocaine-south-texas Fri, 04/24/2020 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man convicted in South Texas of smuggling nearly $600k https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-convicted-south-texas-smuggling-nearly-600k Jorge Alberto Ruiz-Periban, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane. As part of his plea agreement, Ruiz-Periban admitted he intended to evade the currency reporting requirement and intended to transport money he hid in a tire, on a trip from Mission, Texas, to Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-convicted-south-texas-smuggling-nearly-600k Wed, 04/08/2020 - 07:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Border Enforcement Security Task Force arrests Bothell man for money laundering scam and drug conspiracy, seizes massive amounts of illegal marijuana https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/border-enforcement-security-task-force-arrests-bothell-man-money-laundering-scam-and Kenneth Warren Rhule, 26 of Bothell, Washington was arrested March 10 on an eight-count complaint charging him with operating an illegal money exchange business involving bitcoin, announced Acting SAC of ICE's HSI Seattle Eben Roberts and U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/border-enforcement-security-task-force-arrests-bothell-man-money-laundering-scam-and Wed, 03/11/2020 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics ICE HSI Nogales exposes drug tunnel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nogales-exposes-drug-tunnel ICE's HSI special agents and taskforce officers on BEST executed a federal search warrant late Tuesday night and discovered a tunnel along the U.S. Mexico border, seizing nearly 200 lbs. of methamphetamine, almost two pounds of white heroin, close to three pounds of cocaine, over six and a half pounds of fentanyl, in addition to arresting two individuals and seizing one vehicle. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nogales-exposes-drug-tunnel Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics HSI Kentucky special agents join parcel task force to protect citizens from drug trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-kentucky-special-agents-join-parcel-task-force-protect-citizens-drug-trafficking In the past three months, the A-HIDTA Parcel Taskforce has seized more than $350,000 in illicit proceeds, large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and thousands of THC vapes that are similar in appearance to nicotine vapes. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-kentucky-special-agents-join-parcel-task-force-protect-citizens-drug-trafficking Tue, 12/17/2019 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Final defendant in largest cartel drug scout prosecution in Arizona sentenced to prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/final-defendant-largest-cartel-drug-scout-prosecution-arizona-sentenced-prison The final defendant in United States v. Felix-Ramirez, et al, an eighteen-defendant indictment combatting the activities of a transnational drug trafficking organization, was sentenced to prison Nov. 25, by Senior U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/final-defendant-largest-cartel-drug-scout-prosecution-arizona-sentenced-prison Mon, 11/25/2019 - 14:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man admits to smuggling a large amount of cocaine across the border https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-admits-smuggling-large-amount-cocaine-across-border Pedro Moreno-Garcia, 48, from Mexico, entered his guilty plea on Oct. 2, in front of U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-admits-smuggling-large-amount-cocaine-across-border Wed, 10/02/2019 - 18:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Mexican man admits to attempting to import nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-admits-attempting-import-nearly-3000-pounds-marijuana On Aug. 1, according to court documents, Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 51, from Mexico, arrived at the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo driving a semi-truck and trailer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-admits-attempting-import-nearly-3000-pounds-marijuana Tue, 10/01/2019 - 19:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics Operation 'G-Zone' nets 28 arrests for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/operation-g-zone-nets-28-arrests-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession-firearms The indictment alleges that since 2013, the drug trafficking organization distributed heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana, within the two public housing projects and other areas in the southern part of Puerto Rico, all for financial gain and profit. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/operation-g-zone-nets-28-arrests-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession-firearms Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics 4 sentenced in Nottingham Crown Court for Orlando investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-sentenced-nottingham-crown-court-orlando-investigation Stephen Gibson, 46, was sentenced to two years; Carlo Sen, 26, was sentenced to three years; Louise Caswell, 39, was sentenced to 15 months and Rebekah Simons, 25, was sentenced to 21 months; they are all residents of Retford, Nottinghamshire, U.K. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-sentenced-nottingham-crown-court-orlando-investigation Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics 3 Mexican nationals charged with importing significant amounts of drugs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-mexican-nationals-charged-importing-significant-amounts-drugs Benjamin Gil Aguilera, 57, Jose Ramos-Delgadillo, 32, and Ariane Ramos-Piccone, 33, were each originally charged by criminal complaint. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-mexican-nationals-charged-importing-significant-amounts-drugs Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Contraband, Narcotics