ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:10:42 -0400 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics NM man sentenced to 10 years in prison for federal drug, firearms offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nm-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-federal-drug-firearms-offenses Joe Maldonado, 43, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty Dec. 1. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nm-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-federal-drug-firearms-offenses Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Arizona man sentenced in NM to 8 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-man-sentenced-nm-8-years-prison-trafficking-methamphetamine Arturo Muñoz, 67, of Phoenix, was sentenced for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams and more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-man-sentenced-nm-8-years-prison-trafficking-methamphetamine Fri, 08/13/2021 - 18:09 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Colorado man sentenced in narcotics distribution case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-sentenced-narcotics-distribution-case Felipe Nevarez of Alamosa, Colorado is a member of the Kings de Monte Gang and will remain in custody for the duration of his sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-sentenced-narcotics-distribution-case Tue, 08/10/2021 - 16:04 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI San Diego seizes record $9 million illegal drug shipment https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-san-diego-seizes-record-9-million-illegal-drug-shipment HSI San Diego special agents tracked the truck from the Otay Mesa Cargo Point of Entry before the driver – Carlos Gerardo Symonds Saavedra, a Mexican citizen – parked the vehicle in a private commercial parking lot. The agents arrested the driver and seized the truck. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-san-diego-seizes-record-9-million-illegal-drug-shipment Tue, 08/10/2021 - 10:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Sophisticated subterranean tunnel discovered near US-Mexico Border https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sophisticated-subterranean-tunnel-discovered-near-us-mexico-border The tunnel, which has an entrance measuring 12 feet by 10 feet, extends 3 feet north of the international border wall, but has no exit on the U.S. side of the border. The DTO equipped the tunnel with electricity, ventilation, a rail system with a cart, and an electric hoist. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sophisticated-subterranean-tunnel-discovered-near-us-mexico-border Mon, 08/02/2021 - 15:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Multi-year ICE HSI investigation leads to indictment of 9 MS-13 gang members https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-indictment-9-ms-13-gang-members Charges in the indictment include seven murder allegations, kidnappings, numerous assaults, robberies and large-scale drug distribution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-ice-hsi-investigation-leads-indictment-9-ms-13-gang-members Thu, 07/29/2021 - 11:14 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics South Texas defense attorney convicted for assisting known drug traffickers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-defense-attorney-convicted-assisting-known-drug-traffickers Eric S. Jarvis, a licensed criminal defense attorney, pleaded guilty before a U.S. federal judge to using a cellular phone and the PACER database to assist and promote the drug trafficking activities of known drug traffickers since at least July 24, 2017, through May 10. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-defense-attorney-convicted-assisting-known-drug-traffickers Tue, 07/27/2021 - 11:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics ICE HSI investigation results in previously convicted felon being sentenced for selling methamphetamine https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-previously-convicted-felon-being-sentenced-selling Kenneth Hall, 38, a previously convicted felon, sold a total of 383.6 grams of methamphetamine in Henderson and Las Vegas between March 6, 2018, and April 3, 2018. According to court documents, the April 3, drug sale, Hall showed and offered to sell a handgun to the buyer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-previously-convicted-felon-being-sentenced-selling Tue, 07/20/2021 - 09:08 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Aaron Shamo’s co-defendants sentenced in dark web narcotics distribution case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/aaron-shamos-co-defendants-sentenced-dark-web-narcotics-distribution-case Seven co-defendants were sentenced throughout the week, including Jonathon “Luke” Paz, Drew Wilson Crandall, Alexandrya Marie Tonge, Katherine Lauren Anne Bustin, Mario Anthony Noble, Sean Michael Gygi and Ana “Gabby” Noriega, while Christopher Sean Kenny was sentenced last month in a separate hearing. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/aaron-shamos-co-defendants-sentenced-dark-web-narcotics-distribution-case Mon, 07/19/2021 - 13:40 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI investigates Montana meth trafficker https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-montana-meth-trafficker Charles Joshua Petty, 31, pleaded guilty March 15, to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Petty also was ordered to forfeit $8,500 seized in the case. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-montana-meth-trafficker Tue, 07/13/2021 - 16:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Mexican man “traveling for work” sentenced to more than 5 years in federal prison for smuggling 48 pounds of methamphetamines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-traveling-work-sentenced-more-5-years-federal-prison-smuggling-48-pounds Fernando Ramirez, 53, from Tamaulipas, Mexico, was sentenced July 13, in federal court to 70 months in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-traveling-work-sentenced-more-5-years-federal-prison-smuggling-48-pounds Tue, 07/13/2021 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Ringleader of fentanyl, heroin trafficking network with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel sentenced https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ringleader-fentanyl-heroin-trafficking-network-ties-sinaloa-cartel-sentenced According to court documents, Ramiro Ramirez-Barreto, 44, from the Mexican State of Morelos, operated a criminal enterprise with ties to Virginia, North Carolina and California. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ringleader-fentanyl-heroin-trafficking-network-ties-sinaloa-cartel-sentenced Mon, 07/12/2021 - 13:39 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 2 indicted for maritime drug trafficking offenses following ICE HSI probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-indicted-maritime-drug-trafficking-offenses-following-ice-hsi-probe Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on August 25, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted Herlin Hernandez-Trinidad (a/k/a “Rainely), and on January 26, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Jose Crespo-Lorenzo (a/k/a “El Colombiano”). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-indicted-maritime-drug-trafficking-offenses-following-ice-hsi-probe Thu, 07/08/2021 - 14:03 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Mexican national sentenced in West Texas for attempting to smuggle drugs, firearm into Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-sentenced-west-texas-attempting-smuggle-drugs-firearm-mexico Jose Miguel Lazarin-Zurita pleaded guilty March 5 to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and attempting to export a rifle and several firearm-related accessories without a license to Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-sentenced-west-texas-attempting-smuggle-drugs-firearm-mexico Tue, 06/29/2021 - 08:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Las Vegas man indicted for distributing fentanyl resulting in death https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/las-vegas-man-indicted-distributing-fentanyl-resulting-death Gabriel Ulloa, 29, distributed fentanyl to the 27-year-old victim, who believed he was buying oxycodone pills from Ulloa, according to the indictment and allegations made at the initial court appearance. The victim died as a result of ingesting the drugs. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/las-vegas-man-indicted-distributing-fentanyl-resulting-death Mon, 06/28/2021 - 14:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Sonora, Mexico, man sentenced for narcotics smuggling after tunnel is discovered under Arizona house https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sonora-mexico-man-sentenced-narcotics-smuggling-after-tunnel-discovered-under-arizona Jovany Alonso Robledo-Delgado, 35, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash. Robledo-Delgado previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sonora-mexico-man-sentenced-narcotics-smuggling-after-tunnel-discovered-under-arizona Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI investigates Canadian truck driver who trafficked 211 pounds of cocaine in trailer load of bananas https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-canadian-truck-driver-who-trafficked-211-pounds-cocaine-trailer-load Gurpal Singh Gill, 39, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine as charged in a superseding information. Gill faces a mandatory minimum five years to 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-canadian-truck-driver-who-trafficked-211-pounds-cocaine-trailer-load Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:41 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI, CBP El Paso: Drug trafficking networks recruiting smugglers on Facebook https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-el-paso-drug-trafficking-networks-recruiting-smugglers-facebook HSI and CBP, OFO, have identified the increased use of social media platforms such as Facebook, by TCOs, to recruit and facilitate drug smuggling in the El Paso area. The TCOs advertise various jobs such as money couriers for money service businesses such as Casas De Cambio, or money exchange houses, and unsuspecting job seekers reply with their interest to the advertisement. The solicitor, or “recruiter,” will then send a direct message to the job seeker with more information about the job. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-el-paso-drug-trafficking-networks-recruiting-smugglers-facebook Thu, 06/03/2021 - 14:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics HSI assists investigation into Montana man who admitted to drug trafficking conspiracy after receiving 2 packages totaling 10 pounds of meth https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-assists-investigation-montana-man-who-admitted-drug-trafficking-conspiracy-after David Ray Shaver, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth. Shaver faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-assists-investigation-montana-man-who-admitted-drug-trafficking-conspiracy-after Wed, 06/02/2021 - 13:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics Arizona man sentenced to 20 years following multi-agency drug investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-man-sentenced-20-years-following-multi-agency-drug-investigation Jesus Camacho-Luque, 31, of Arizona, was sentenced by the Washoe County District Court after pleading guilty in April. Based on the sentenced received, Camacho-Luque must serve a minimum of seven years in prison before he is eligible for parole. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-man-sentenced-20-years-following-multi-agency-drug-investigation Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:29 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics 17 defendants charged in drug trafficking probe targeting heroin and cocaine sales in Chicago following HSI, local law enforcement, investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/17-defendants-charged-drug-trafficking-probe-targeting-heroin-and-cocaine-sales During the multi-year probe, dubbed “Operation Tragic Blow,” law enforcement seized multiple kilograms of heroin and cocaine, including a 14-kilogram cocaine seizure in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood and a two-kilogram heroin seizure in a high-rise apartment building in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/17-defendants-charged-drug-trafficking-probe-targeting-heroin-and-cocaine-sales Fri, 05/28/2021 - 13:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Narcotics