ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2022 Tue, 06 Dec 2022 18:58:13 -0500 Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500 US obtains warrant to seize $45M aircraft owned by Russian energy company following investigation by HSI Houston, federal partners https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-obtains-warrant-seize-45m-aircraft-owned-russian-energy-company-following In authorizing the seizure of the Boeing 737-7EM owned by PJSC LUKOIL, the court found probable cause that the aircraft was subject to seizure based on violations of federal law. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-obtains-warrant-seize-45m-aircraft-owned-russian-energy-company-following Thu, 09/01/2022 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Former federal agent convicted of corruption in connection to illicit relationship with subject of counterterrorism investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-federal-agent-convicted-corruption-connection-illicit-relationship-subject Leatrice Malika DeBruhl-Daniels, 48, was convicted in the Southern District of Texas of obstructing justice, making false statements, and accepting money and gifts for official acts. A federal jury deliberated for less than three hours before convicting her following a six-day trial. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-federal-agent-convicted-corruption-connection-illicit-relationship-subject Tue, 06/14/2022 - 15:21 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security San Diego businessman pleads guilty to conspiring to violate US export control laws https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/san-diego-businessman-pleads-guilty-conspiring-violate-us-export-control-laws A local businessman pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court, June 9. San Diego resident Joe Sery, 77, the former owner and chief executive officer of Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit offenses against the United States, including the unlawful exportation of defense articles on the U.S. Munitions List from the United States to the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, and elsewhere, without first obtaining a valid license or approval for such export from the U.S. Department of State, in violation of federal export laws pursuant to the ITAR. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/san-diego-businessman-pleads-guilty-conspiring-violate-us-export-control-laws Fri, 06/10/2022 - 11:47 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association honors 2 former HSI special agents https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-law-enforcement-officers-association-honors-2-former-hsi-special-agents The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) honored Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, former Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, during a local ceremony on May 11. The commemoration coincided with National Police Week, an annual recognition held each May for law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-law-enforcement-officers-association-honors-2-former-hsi-special-agents Fri, 05/20/2022 - 13:07 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Federal grand jury convicts man of impeding and threatening federal officers at the port of entry following HSI Sells investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-grand-jury-convicts-man-impeding-and-threatening-federal-officers-port-entry John Milton Lee, 62, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is scheduled for sentencing on August 3, before United States District Judge James A. Soto.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-grand-jury-convicts-man-impeding-and-threatening-federal-officers-port-entry Thu, 05/19/2022 - 09:33 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Individual arrested for threats made to schools, businesses following multiagency coordination https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/individual-arrested-threats-made-schools-businesses-following-multiagency The teenage defendant, currently in law enforcement custody, is alleged to have made several threats claiming he was armed with a firearm and was going to “shoot up” a certain school or on his way to a certain school. The suspect is accused of offenses stemming from the numerous “swatting” calls he made to schools and businesses over the past several days. Further, he is also accused of possessing indecent images of children and distributing them across the internet. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/individual-arrested-threats-made-schools-businesses-following-multiagency Thu, 04/14/2022 - 14:02 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Texas man pleads guilty to conspiring to steal more than $2.1 million in sensitive military equipment following ICE HSI, US Army CID investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-steal-more-21-million-sensitive-military-equipment Nathan Nichols, a 46-year-old Corpus Christi resident, pleaded guilty March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to conspiring with others to steal $2,176,000 in sensitive military equipment from U.S. Army Garrison Ft. Hood in June 2021. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-steal-more-21-million-sensitive-military-equipment Mon, 03/21/2022 - 17:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security ICE announces the latest results of Operation SOAR, targeting noncitizen sex offenders https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-latest-results-operation-soar-targeting-noncitizen-sex-offenders Operation SOAR is a coordinated enforcement operation that builds on ongoing efforts to arrest and remove noncitizen sex offenders from our communities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-announces-latest-results-operation-soar-targeting-noncitizen-sex-offenders Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Riverside County man who attempted to enter federal facility in downtown L.A. with several firearms named in criminal complaint following interdiction by DHS’s Federal Protective Service and Homeland Security Investigations https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/riverside-county-man-who-attempted-enter-federal-facility-downtown-la-several A federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon charges Erik Christopher Younggren, 34, of Cherry Valley, with attempted possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in a federal facility, a misdemeanor offense that carries a sentence of up to one year in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/riverside-county-man-who-attempted-enter-federal-facility-downtown-la-several Thu, 07/15/2021 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security HSI, law enforcement partners, investigation results in Seattle man being charged for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partners-investigation-results-seattle-man-being-charged According to court documents, Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams, 20, of Seattle, was arrested as he prepared to board an international flight following a lengthy investigation into his efforts to join ISIS. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-law-enforcement-partners-investigation-results-seattle-man-being-charged Wed, 06/02/2021 - 15:05 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Defense contractor employee and Orange County man arrested for alleged theft and sale of government-owned technical orders following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/defense-contractor-employee-and-orange-county-man-arrested-alleged-theft-and-sale Sarfraz Yousuf, 43, of Miramar, Florida, was taken into federal custody this morning. Also arrested today was Marc Chavez, 53, of Trabuco Canyon. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/defense-contractor-employee-and-orange-county-man-arrested-alleged-theft-and-sale Wed, 05/12/2021 - 15:53 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security $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 - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security ICE Nevada arrests MS-13 member wanted in El Salvador https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-nevada-arrests-ms-13-member-wanted-el-salvador Diego Antonio Ayala-Benitez, 24, is a known or suspected member of the transnational criminal street organization known as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). He is wanted in El Salvador on gang participation charges related to extortion, purchasing firearms and for involvement in armed robbery. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-nevada-arrests-ms-13-member-wanted-el-salvador Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:39 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Chinese national charged with criminal conspiracy to export US power amplifiers to China following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-charged-criminal-conspiracy-export-us-power-amplifiers-china An indictment was unsealed this week charging Cheng Bo, also known as Joe Cheng, a 45-year-old national of the People’s Republic of China, with participating in a criminal conspiracy from 2012-2015 to violate U.S. export laws by shipping U.S. power amplifiers to China, the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, the FBI and the Department of Commerce. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-charged-criminal-conspiracy-export-us-power-amplifiers-china Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:55 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security US and the UK sign the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-and-uk-sign-customs-mutual-assistance-agreement On behalf of the United States and the United Kingdom, officials from CBP and ICE signed a CMAA on Dec. 16 to further enhance bilateral efforts to secure and facilitate lawful trade. The U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson and The Rt. Hon. Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, signed the agreement in London. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-and-uk-sign-customs-mutual-assistance-agreement Wed, 12/16/2020 - 15:18 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security US files complaint to forfeit Iranian missiles and sells previously transferred Iranian petroleum https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-files-complaint-forfeit-iranian-missiles-and-sells-previously-transferred-iranian U.S. Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) seized the weapons from two flagless vessels in the Arabian Sea on Nov. 25, 2019 and Feb. 9, 2020, respectively. The weapons included 171 guided anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles, land attack cruise missile components, anti-ship cruise missile components, thermal weapons optics, and other components for missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-files-complaint-forfeit-iranian-missiles-and-sells-previously-transferred-iranian Fri, 10/30/2020 - 08:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security ICE launches billboards in Pennsylvania featuring at-large public safety threats https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-billboards-pennsylvania-featuring-large-public-safety-threats Too often sanctuary policies limiting cooperation with ICE result in significant public safety concerns,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. “ICE will continue to enforce immigration laws set forth by Congress through the efforts of the men and women of ICE to remove criminal aliens and making our communities safer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-launches-billboards-pennsylvania-featuring-large-public-safety-threats Fri, 10/02/2020 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security ICE joins local law enforcement in drive-by shooting investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-joins-local-law-enforcement-drive-shooting-investigation Rick Martin, 20, of Sierra Vista, was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Cochise County Jail. Martin is charged with one count of first-degree murder, eight counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of endangerment, and two counts of misconduct with a weapon. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-joins-local-law-enforcement-drive-shooting-investigation Wed, 09/30/2020 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Civilian navy engineer, 3 others arrested on federal charges of theft, sale of government-owned technical information https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civilian-navy-engineer-3-others-arrested-federal-charges-theft-sale-government-owned The arrests were made pursuant to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that alleges a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy downloaded technical drawings and manuals related to U.S. military weapons systems and sold the items to a Newport Beach company, which later resold the documents to domestic and foreign customers. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civilian-navy-engineer-3-others-arrested-federal-charges-theft-sale-government-owned Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Warrant and complaint seek seizure of all Iranian gasoil aboard 4 tankers headed to Venezuela based on connection to IRGC https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/warrant-and-complaint-seek-seizure-all-iranian-gasoil-aboard-4-tankers-headed There are approximately 302,502 barrels of Iranian gasoline currently onboard the Bella, approximately 302,522 barrels of Iranian gasoline currently onboard the Bering, approximately 259,700 barrels of Iranian gasoline currently onboard the Luna, and approximately 298,484 barrels of Iranian gasoline currently onboard the Pandi. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/warrant-and-complaint-seek-seizure-all-iranian-gasoil-aboard-4-tankers-headed Thu, 07/02/2020 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security ICE HSI Phoenix special agent in charge rallies behind public safety message https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-phoenix-special-agent-charge-rallies-behind-public-safety-message Fifteen local and federal law enforcement agencies around the state collaborated on the video, which is centered around a tragic but realistic scenario that plays out on camera as agency representatives explain the importance of reporting wary behavior. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-phoenix-special-agent-charge-rallies-behind-public-safety-message Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Fugitive wanted by Iraq for murder of Iraqi police officers arrested in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-wanted-iraq-murder-iraqi-police-officers-arrested-arizona An Iraqi judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, on murder charges. The Government of Iraq subsequently requested Ahmed’s extradition from the United States. In accordance with its treaty obligations to Iraq, the United States filed a complaint in Phoenix seeking a warrant for Ahmed’s arrest based on the extradition request. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-wanted-iraq-murder-iraqi-police-officers-arrested-arizona Mon, 02/03/2020 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Saudi man sentenced in Oklahoma to nearly 13 years in federal prison for concealing attendance at al Qaeda training camp, visa fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/saudi-man-sentenced-oklahoma-nearly-13-years-federal-prison-concealing-attendance-al On Feb. 5, 2018, Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and a former resident of Weatherford, Oklahoma, was taken into custody by the FBI without incident, based on a criminal complaint signed in the Western District of Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the FBI found 15 of Alfallaj’s fingerprints on an application to an al Qaeda training camp, known as al Farooq, which was one of al Qaeda’s key training sites in Afghanistan leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/saudi-man-sentenced-oklahoma-nearly-13-years-federal-prison-concealing-attendance-al Thu, 10/03/2019 - 07:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security North Texas man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-conspiring-provide-material-support Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization, also known as LeT. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-conspiring-provide-material-support Mon, 09/16/2019 - 09:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security Colorado agents behind Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-agents-behind-iranian-oil-tanker-grace-1-investigation The tanker, cargo and cash are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud statute, and money laundering statute, as well as separately the terrorism forfeiture statute. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/colorado-agents-behind-iranian-oil-tanker-grace-1-investigation Mon, 08/19/2019 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit, National Security