ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:55:30 -0400 Colorado man convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-convicted-possession-methamphetamine-intent-distribute Felipe Nevarez, age 40, of Alamosa, Colorado, will be sentenced for his crime at a later date. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-convicted-possession-methamphetamine-intent-distribute Mon, 04/19/2021 - 11:40 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 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 - Narcotics $5M reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of major Mexican drug cartel member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Flores-Silva was charged in a federal indictment on August 13, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The indictment charges Flores-Silva with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one kilogram or more of heroin for importation into the United States, as well as carrying, using and possessing a firearm in relation to a drug offense. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-major-mexican-drug-cartel Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:37 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Puerto Rican man sentenced to 354 months in prison for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/puerto-rican-man-sentenced-354-months-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession HSI special agents arrested Oscar Luis Mendoza-Flores, 26, of Cayey, in November 2015, during the execution of Operation Family Feud, an HSI operation launched to dismantle a criminal organization operating in the Luis Muñoz Marín and Brisas de Cayey public housing projects and the San Tomás and Canteras wards, all in the municipality of Cayey. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/puerto-rican-man-sentenced-354-months-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal-possession Tue, 04/13/2021 - 10:29 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI, Caribbean Corridor Strike Force seize $50 million of cocaine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-caribbean-corridor-strike-force-seize-50-million-cocaine On April 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations and the Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action interdicted a 32-feet, open hull vessel, navigating towards Puerto Rico. The vessel beached on a Yabucoa shore where the crew absconded into the adjoining woodlands. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-caribbean-corridor-strike-force-seize-50-million-cocaine Fri, 04/09/2021 - 15:02 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Chicago man pleads guilty to delivering more than 900 grams of heroin https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chicago-man-pleads-guilty-delivering-more-900-grams-heroin Freddy Gutierrez, 29, of Chicago, was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance of more than 900 grams, a Class X felony. Gutierrez was sentenced to 15 years in prison and immediately remanded into custody by Kane County Circuit Court Judge Salvatore LoPiccolo Jr. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chicago-man-pleads-guilty-delivering-more-900-grams-heroin Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:17 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI investigation leads to 21 arrested, 19 indicted in conspiracy to distribute cocaine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-21-arrested-19-indicted-conspiracy-distribute-cocaine Twenty-one people were arrested today on indictments and criminal complaints charging an extensive drug dealing conspiracy by those who often illegally possessed firearms. Federal, state and local law enforcement teams from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, DEA, Washington State Patrol, Seattle Police Department and other public safety organizations executed nearly 90 search warrants across the Puget Sound region. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-21-arrested-19-indicted-conspiracy-distribute-cocaine Wed, 04/07/2021 - 09:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Multi-year investigation by HSI results in federal indictments for 27 individuals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-investigation-hsi-results-federal-indictments-27-individuals In total, 37 individuals have been charged in the large-scale conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine that began as early as 2018 and was orchestrated from within the Tennessee state prison system. Other charges resulting from the investigation include kidnapping, money laundering, making threats by electronic communication, and firearms violations. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-investigation-hsi-results-federal-indictments-27-individuals Wed, 03/31/2021 - 18:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI arrests 8 for trafficking fentanyl and seizes hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in Bakersfield https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-8-trafficking-fentanyl-and-seizes-hundreds-pounds-methamphetamine Those charged in the federal criminal complaint are: Omar Alberto Navarro, 38, of Arvin; David Delgado Gonzalez, 37, of Bakersfield; Amayrani Jared Arreguin, 24, of Bakersfield; Lizette Mendez, 31, of Delano; Mayra Guadalupe Galvan, 31, of Delano; Miguel Angel Martinez, 26, of Bakersfield; Randal Jason Newell, 41, of Bakersfield; Daniel Armendariz Mercado, 31, of Bakersfield, and James Scott Gordon, 47, of Chico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-8-trafficking-fentanyl-and-seizes-hundreds-pounds-methamphetamine Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:43 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI arrests Los Angeles-area woman for allegedly trafficking fentanyl and heroin through Southern California airports https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-los-angeles-area-woman-allegedly-trafficking-fentanyl-and-heroin-through Following an investigation by the HSI Los Angeles BEST, Chavon Sayles, a.k.a. “Amber,” 28, of Chino, was arrested this morning at her residence. She is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-los-angeles-area-woman-allegedly-trafficking-fentanyl-and-heroin-through Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:44 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Arizona multi-agency task force discover meth lab in firefighter residence https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-multi-agency-task-force-discover-meth-lab-firefighter-residence Stephen Folson, 36, and Desiree Saraficio, 29, admitted to conspiring to possess and manufacture methamphetamine after federal agents searched their home. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-multi-agency-task-force-discover-meth-lab-firefighter-residence Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:02 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Mexican citizen sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into South Texas https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-citizen-sentenced-14-years-prison-attempting-smuggle-methamphetamine-south Alan Herrera-Valenzuela, 27, pleaded guilty Oct. 18, 2019. At his hearing, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez informed him that his actions troubled the court because, as a noncitizen, he was willing to cause harm by engaging in criminal activity that brought drugs into our community. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-citizen-sentenced-14-years-prison-attempting-smuggle-methamphetamine-south Tue, 03/02/2021 - 09:44 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Orange County man chased by police while possessing 75 pounds of cocaine in his car pleads guilty to federal charge following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Anthony Martinez, 40, of La Habra, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Fri, 01/15/2021 - 17:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Stash house operator, drug dealer convicted following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/stash-house-operator-drug-dealer-convicted-following-ice-investigation Hugo Cristobal Garza-Ornelas, 35, from Mexico went before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa to admit to possessing the cocaine for further distribution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/stash-house-operator-drug-dealer-convicted-following-ice-investigation Tue, 12/08/2020 - 08:50 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE, federal agents seize $3.5 million in cash and drugs at truck yard in Otay Mesa https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-federal-agents-seize-35-million-cash-and-drugs-truck-yard-otay-mesa Jesus Burgos Arias, Juan Alatorre Venegas, and Jose Yee Perez were arrested on Nov. 20, 2020, as a result of a broader long-term joint investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, targeting associates of the Sinaloa Cartel. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-federal-agents-seize-35-million-cash-and-drugs-truck-yard-otay-mesa Thu, 12/03/2020 - 11:47 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE investigation leads to federal imprisonment of South Texas woman for meth https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-federal-imprisonment-south-texas-woman-meth According to court documents, Alma Rosa Salinas attempted entry into the United States Aug. 7, 2019 at the Los Ebanos Port of Entry driving a Ford F-150. She was referred to secondary inspection where a K-9 had alerted other officials to the presence of concealed narcotics. Once at the secondary inspection area, authorities found liquid meth hidden in the vehicle’s gas tank. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-federal-imprisonment-south-texas-woman-meth Mon, 11/30/2020 - 09:07 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE assists MAGNET – 17 indicted from AZ drug ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-magnet-17-indicted-az-drug-ring A State Grand Jury indicted 17 individuals Nov. 23 for one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, and various counts of possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) for sale, possession of a narcotic drug (heroin) for sale in an amount over the statutory threshold, transportation of a narcotic drug (heroin) for sale in an amount over the statutory threshold, transportation of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) for sale over the statutory threshold, and money laundering; in an investigation assisted by ICE’s HSI. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-magnet-17-indicted-az-drug-ring Mon, 11/23/2020 - 08:19 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE assists in seizure of $248 million worth of cocaine hidden in banana pulp https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-seizure-248-million-worth-cocaine-hidden-banana-pulp HSI Canberra provided Australian authorities with details on the possibility of narcotics smuggled into Australia concealed as bananas from Brazil. The container was identified and inspected by the ABF on Sept. 21 and held for further investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-seizure-248-million-worth-cocaine-hidden-banana-pulp Thu, 10/29/2020 - 15:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE HSI investigation leads to 25-year sentence for drug trafficking leader https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-drug-trafficking-leader Marion Wise, of Cave Springs, Arkansas, was sentenced to 300 months followed by five years of supervised release. Wise is the last member of 25 individuals sentenced for their roles in a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking ring that operated in Benton and Washington Counties in Arkansas, and in California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, and Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-drug-trafficking-leader Fri, 10/09/2020 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Texas woman admits role in conspiracy to distribute heroin https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-woman-admits-role-conspiracy-distribute-heroin Cristina Godinez, 36, of San Antonio, Texas, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging her with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-woman-admits-role-conspiracy-distribute-heroin Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE HSI investigation leads to 25-year sentence for cartel-connected drug dealer for trying to establish cocaine pipeline from Mexico to St. Louis https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-cartel-connected-drug-dealer-trying Roy William Burris, Jr., 40, of Paramount, was found guilty of the crime of conspiracy to distribute cocaine on February 12, at the conclusion of a ten-day jury trial. The jury also determined that the quantity of cocaine involved in the conspiracy was five kilograms or more. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-leads-25-year-sentence-cartel-connected-drug-dealer-trying Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:27 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Former Louisiana federal task force officer charged with cocaine distribution https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-louisiana-federal-task-force-officer-charged-cocaine-distribution On Sept. 10, Johnny Jacob Domingue, 31, from Maurapas, Louisiana, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis, who charged him with cocaine distribution. On Sept. 9, Domingue was arrested by ICE HSI in Edinburg, Texas, without incident. According to court documents, Domingue had been a federal task force officer for the DEA in Louisiana. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-louisiana-federal-task-force-officer-charged-cocaine-distribution Fri, 09/11/2020 - 11:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE HSI, partner agencies announce success of narcotics operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partner-agencies-announce-success-narcotics-operation The investigation initially began in the City of Fort Myers and focused on identifying and eradicating major narcotics suppliers within the city. During the investigation, law enforcement identified multiple individuals allegedly responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine within the city, and throughout Lee County. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partner-agencies-announce-success-narcotics-operation Fri, 09/04/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Cuban national accused of drug trafficking ordered into custody after allegedly attempting to flee US by boat https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/cuban-national-accused-drug-trafficking-ordered-custody-after-allegedly-attempting Osvaldo Iglesias Ruiz, 34, was charged in March with possession with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of cocaine. He made an initial appearance on the drug trafficking charges and was released after posting bond. Shortly following his release, Ruiz was apprehended by authorities as he was allegedly attempting to flee the U.S. in a boat off the coast of Florida heading towards Cuba. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/cuban-national-accused-drug-trafficking-ordered-custody-after-allegedly-attempting Wed, 08/26/2020 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics