ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:02:15 -0400 Gun smuggler who worked at US Consulate sentenced to nearly 4 years in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/gun-smuggler-who-worked-us-consulate-sentenced-nearly-4-years-arizona On Nov. 4, 2020, Bray-Vazquez, a driver for the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, attempted to enter Mexico through the Nogales Port of Entry while driving a U.S. Consular vehicle. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/gun-smuggler-who-worked-us-consulate-sentenced-nearly-4-years-arizona Thu, 08/26/2021 - 10:26 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Houston man sentenced for firearm smuggling https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-firearm-smuggling Leonel Avalos-Santoyo, 50, was sentenced in U.S. district court to 46 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Avalos-Santoyo pleaded guilty June 6. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-firearm-smuggling Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:51 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives ICE HSI, partners seize Mexico-bound guns and munitions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partners-seize-mexico-bound-guns-and-munitions Significant disruption to Mexico-bound gun trafficking continues under Operation Without a Trace, with seizures of 1,125 firearms, over 680,000 rounds of ammunition, $28 million in currency and 360 arrests made to date. Along with this multi-agency, ongoing operation, agents seek the public’s assistance in reporting suspicious activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-partners-seize-mexico-bound-guns-and-munitions Fri, 07/02/2021 - 12:52 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives HSI investigation results in prison sentence for undocumented resident https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-prison-sentence-undocumented-resident Cecilio Gonzalez-Espino, 31, was convicted of multiple felony methamphetamine charges in California in 2011. As a result of his prior convictions and undocumented status, Gonzalez-Espino is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-prison-sentence-undocumented-resident Fri, 06/04/2021 - 16:23 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives HSI, Brazil Federal Police execute large-scale disruption of international arms trafficking organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms On June 1, four arrest warrants and eight search and seizure warrants were carried out in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian authorities, while one arrest warrant for a U.S.-based TCO member was simultaneously executed in Orlando, Florida by HSI Miami and HSI Orlando as part of Operation Iron Tire. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-brazil-federal-police-execute-large-scale-disruption-international-arms Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:23 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Ammunition smuggler sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ammunition-smuggler-sentenced-nearly-4-years-federal-prison Jorge Armando Lopez-Espinoza, 42, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez. Lopez-Esponza previously pleaded guilty Nov. 25, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ammunition-smuggler-sentenced-nearly-4-years-federal-prison Wed, 05/26/2021 - 20:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Portland resident sentenced to federal prison for illegal firearm possession after HSI assists in robbery investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/portland-resident-sentenced-federal-prison-illegal-firearm-possession-after-hsi A Portland man was sentenced to federal prison May 23, after being convicted at trial in October for illegally possessing a stolen firearm as a convicted felon. Desmond Boris Washington, 35, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/portland-resident-sentenced-federal-prison-illegal-firearm-possession-after-hsi Mon, 05/24/2021 - 15:36 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives Big Island man arrested on methamphetamine and firearm charges following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/big-island-man-arrested-methamphetamine-and-firearm-charges-following-hsi Jonathan Tai, 36, of Kurtistown was arrested at his home Friday, following the execution of a search warrant at that location. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/big-island-man-arrested-methamphetamine-and-firearm-charges-following-hsi Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:19 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives HSI investigation aids in drug trafficking and firearms conviction https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-aids-drug-trafficking-and-firearms-conviction George Harrison, 56, of Estill County, Kentucky, was found guilty of three counts of distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, all charges contained in an August 2019 indictment. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-aids-drug-trafficking-and-firearms-conviction Mon, 05/10/2021 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives 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