ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 06 May 2021 15:03:22 -0400 HSI helps dismantle multiple state violent crime conspiracy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-helps-dismantle-multiple-state-violent-crime-conspiracy After a five-day jury trial in federal court, Jorge Santos Caballero Melgar, 36, formerly of Nashville, Tennessee, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence; interference with commerce by robbery in a March 2017 robbery in Bowling Green, Kentucky; murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to the commission of a crime of violence; and illegal reentry into the United States after a previous deportation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-helps-dismantle-multiple-state-violent-crime-conspiracy Tue, 05/04/2021 - 16:41 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives HSI investigation leads to Thurston County man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking, illegal gun possession https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-thurston-county-man-sentenced-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal Daniel Ague Masters, 51, kept a substantial arsenal at both an underground bunker and in a garage on a property in Rainer, Thurston County. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-thurston-county-man-sentenced-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal Tue, 05/04/2021 - 14:25 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives 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 - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives 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 - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives US, Canada establish cross-border task force to disrupt gun smuggling and trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking A U.S.-Canada task force dedicated to disrupting and dismantling the illegal movement of firearms, ammunition, and explosive weapons across the U.S.-Canadian border was announced today by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in another step forward to address gun smuggling and trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-canada-establish-cross-border-task-force-disrupt-gun-smuggling-and-trafficking Fri, 04/02/2021 - 10:28 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives South Texas man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for attempting to export firearms, ammunition to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-attempting-export-firearms-ammunition Juan Antonio Cepeda, 48, from Laredo, was sentenced March 25 in federal court to 41 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, a U.S. district judge noted Cepeda had a lengthy criminal history and a long struggle with drug addiction. Cepeda pleaded guilty Jan. 4. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-attempting-export-firearms-ammunition Thu, 03/25/2021 - 14:29 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives South Texas weapons straw purchaser sentenced to more than 3 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-weapons-straw-purchaser-sentenced-more-3-years-prison Clarence McFarland, 40, from San Antonio, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. McFarland pleaded guilty Oct. 1, 2020 to conspiracy to make false statement during the purchasing of multiple firearms. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-weapons-straw-purchaser-sentenced-more-3-years-prison Wed, 03/17/2021 - 12:07 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE investigation leads to conviction on exporting firearms, ammunition & explosive material https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-conviction-exporting-firearms-ammunition-explosive-material A Florida man was convicted Friday of aiding and abetting the export of defense articles from the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-conviction-exporting-firearms-ammunition-explosive-material Fri, 12/04/2020 - 08:37 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE HSI investigated Colorado man sentenced to prison for smuggling gun parts out of the US and possessing unregistered firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigated-colorado-man-sentenced-prison-smuggling-gun-parts-out-us-and Michael John Suppes, 47, of Weld County, Colorado, agreed to a substantial forfeiture of assets that totaled nearly $300,000 in addition to his prison sentence. He also agreed to forfeit 123 firearms as well as firearm parts and ammunition. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigated-colorado-man-sentenced-prison-smuggling-gun-parts-out-us-and Mon, 11/30/2020 - 10:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE HSI investigated Colorado felon for illegally possessing firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigated-colorado-felon-illegally-possessing-firearms Jeffrey Mons Olson, 50, appeared at the hearing in custody and was remanded at its conclusion. Olson was a convicted felon being supervised by the Colorado Department of Adult Parole. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigated-colorado-felon-illegally-possessing-firearms Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives International firearms trafficker arrested in ICE Tampa investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/international-firearms-trafficker-arrested-ice-tampa-investigation According to court documents, between 2014 and 2020, Ihor Radionov, 51, of Alpharetta, Georgia, co-conspirator Vladimir Volgaev, and a co-conspirator residing in Ukraine, conspired to export defense articles out of the United States, including gun barrels and slides, without a license or prior written approval from the United States Department of State. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/international-firearms-trafficker-arrested-ice-tampa-investigation Wed, 10/28/2020 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Felon sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for arsenal of 'ghost guns' and smuggled silencers following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/felon-sentenced-more-5-years-prison-arsenal-ghost-guns-and-smuggled-silencers According to records filed in the case, in December 2019 CBP inspected a package from China that was labeled “aluminum tubes.” The package, addressed to Brasfield, actually contained five firearm silencers, which are illegal to possess under federal law. In February 2020, agents executed a search warrant at Brasfield’s residence and seized numerous home manufactured firearms that did not contain serial numbers. These ‘ghost guns’ are illegal for Brasfield to possess. Further, Brasfield illegally possessed more than 300 pounds of ammunition. Agents also seized the gun manufacturing equipment known as a ‘ghost gunner.’ Ten illegal silencers were also seized. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/felon-sentenced-more-5-years-prison-arsenal-ghost-guns-and-smuggled-silencers Fri, 10/09/2020 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE, agency partner investigation results in charges against 25 persons https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-agency-partner-investigation-results-charges-against-25-persons Operation “Black Phoenix” resulted in seven indictments that were issued earlier this year by a federal grand jury. The indictments charge a total of 25 defendants, 18 of whom were arrested this morning, and four of whom were already in custody. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-agency-partner-investigation-results-charges-against-25-persons Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE indicts Las Vegas man for illegal possession of 3-D printed Glock switches and firearm suppressors https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-indicts-las-vegas-man-illegal-possession-3-d-printed-glock-switches-and-firearm Justin Pham, 30, of Las Vegas, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun and two counts of possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-indicts-las-vegas-man-illegal-possession-3-d-printed-glock-switches-and-firearm Fri, 09/04/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Active duty soldier, government employee admit to stealing over $1 million in military equipment https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/active-duty-soldier-government-employee-admit-stealing-over-1-million-military Cristal Avila, 27, from Fort Worth, Texas, and Joseph Mora, 35, from Schertz, Texas, entered their guilty plea Aug. 7, in front of U.S. District Judge Mark Lane. Both pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/active-duty-soldier-government-employee-admit-stealing-over-1-million-military Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives International firearms trafficker sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/international-firearms-trafficker-sentenced-more-2-years-federal-prison According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, between 2011 and 2018, Vladimir Volgaev, 69, of Sarasota, shipped more than 1,600 firearm components – including barrels, slides, receivers, and frames – from the United States to Ukraine. These components were used to construct fully functional firearms, including handguns and rifles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/international-firearms-trafficker-sentenced-more-2-years-federal-prison Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives 11 defendants charged in Hawaii federal court with racketeering and other offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/11-defendants-charged-hawaii-federal-court-racketeering-and-other-offenses As alleged in the superseding indictment, from at least in or about the late 1990s, up to and including the date of the superseding indictment, Michael J. Miske, Jr., aka “Bro,” John B. Stancil, Kaulana Freitas, aka “Shorty,” Lance L. Bermudez, aka “Hammah,” Dea Han Moon, aka “Dayday,” Preston M. Kimoto, Harry K. Kauhi, aka “Harry Boy,” Norman L. Akau III, Hunter J. Wilson, and Jarrin K. Young, the defendants, and others known and unknown, conspired to conduct and participate in the conduct of the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, the “Miske Enterprise,” through a pattern of racketeering activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/11-defendants-charged-hawaii-federal-court-racketeering-and-other-offenses Wed, 07/15/2020 - 08:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE HSI seizes website illegally selling weapon components, silencers from China in US https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-seizes-website-illegally-selling-weapon-components-silencers-china-us HSI Detroit seized the internet domain “http://lafoauto.com/” pursuant to an international arms-trafficking investigation. HSI determined that more than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-seizes-website-illegally-selling-weapon-components-silencers-china-us Mon, 07/13/2020 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Colorado man pleads guilty to smuggling gun parts out of the US and possessing unregistered firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-pleads-guilty-smuggling-gun-parts-out-us-and-possessing-unregistered Michael John Suppes, 46, of Weld County, Colorado, willfully engaged in the business of manufacturing and dealing in firearms and is not a licensed firearm dealer or manufacturer. He exported firearm parts to buyers in other countries without obtaining an export license and he possessed short-barreled rifles that were not registered under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as required by law. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-man-pleads-guilty-smuggling-gun-parts-out-us-and-possessing-unregistered Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Mexican man pleads guilty in Missouri to illegal firearm possession https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-pleads-guilty-missouri-illegal-firearm-possession Javier Guerrero-Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. In his plea, Guerrero-Garcia admitted that he fired a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun into a residence early in the morning of Nov. 19, 2017. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-pleads-guilty-missouri-illegal-firearm-possession Mon, 06/29/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Washington State man arrested for attempting to smuggle firearms into Mexico through the Eagle Pass Port of Entry https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/washington-state-man-arrested-attempting-smuggle-firearms-mexico-through-eagle-pass Michael Diaz-Calderon, 51, from Washington State, was charged May 6, 2020, by a U.S. District Judge. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/washington-state-man-arrested-attempting-smuggle-firearms-mexico-through-eagle-pass Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Oklahoma man sentenced to 20 years for possessing a gun while dealing methamphetamine after HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oklahoma-man-sentenced-20-years-possessing-gun-while-dealing-methamphetamine-after Jerry James Kendall Ritchie, 32, was indicted federally Nov. 13, 2018, with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. These charges stemmed from his Oct. 19, 2018, arrest by the Enid Police Department. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oklahoma-man-sentenced-20-years-possessing-gun-while-dealing-methamphetamine-after Tue, 04/28/2020 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE HSI investigation into Snohomish County man for illegally sending firearms overseas and illegally possessing silencers and a handgun, results in 7+years prison sentence https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-snohomish-county-man-illegally-sending-firearms-overseas-and Hany Veletanlic, a citizen of Bosnia legally residing in the United States, was found guilty of violating the Arms Export Control Act, illegally possessing two unregistered silencers, and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-snohomish-county-man-illegally-sending-firearms-overseas-and Tue, 01/28/2020 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Colorado felon pleads guilty to illegally possessing 14 firearms including 2 assault rifles https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-felon-pleads-guilty-illegally-possessing-14-firearms-including-2-assault Jeffrey Mons Olson, who was indicted by a federal grand jury Sept. 5, 2019, is scheduled to be sentenced March 19. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-felon-pleads-guilty-illegally-possessing-14-firearms-including-2-assault Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives