ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:21:45 -0400 HSI Sells arrests 12, dismantles human smuggling network https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-sells-arrests-12-dismantles-human-smuggling-network On June 10, HSI special agents arrested Manuel de Jesus Ochoa-Vasquez, 38; Carlos Barron-Arredondo, 46; Fabiola Flores-Galves, 46; Isaac Gonzalez-Matul, 34; Oscar Roberto Mejia-De Leon, 25; Saul Martinez-Mercado, 35; Argeo Mendoza-Galvez, 48; Sandra Cuevas-Montesinos, 45; Rolando Cota-Leyva 39; David Lopez-Laurean, 30; Ronaldo Garde-Cienfuegos, 40; and Juan Manuel Osorio-Felix, 36. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-sells-arrests-12-dismantles-human-smuggling-network Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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 State - Arizona Phoenix HSI agents arrest alleged sexual predator https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-alleged-sexual-predator Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, was arrested by HSI special agents and MPD officers, May 13 based on a referral from the HSI Pretoria office who detected explicit sexual conversations traced to Hansing’s residence. Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-alleged-sexual-predator Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:09 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Phoenix HSI agents arrest 2 alleged sexual predators https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-2-alleged-sexual-predators Jerome Evard, 32, of Phoenix was arrested by HSI special agents April 26, based on a referral from the HSI Ottawa office who detected explicit sexual conversations in a parent control application downloaded on two smart phones. Following the tip of an additional alleged child predator, HSI special agents executed a search warrant April 29, which subsequently lead to the arrest of Jarrod Harrington, 32, of Mesa, Arizona, and the discovery of another child victim. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-hsi-agents-arrest-2-alleged-sexual-predators Fri, 05/14/2021 - 14:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 2 Phoenix men face lengthy sentences for child exploitation convictions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-phoenix-men-face-lengthy-sentences-child-exploitation-convictions Thomas Bowden, 41, was sentenced March 8, to 19 years in prison followed by lifetime probation; upon his release he will also be required to register as a sex offender. He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of child exploitation on March 8. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-phoenix-men-face-lengthy-sentences-child-exploitation-convictions Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Phoenix special agent honored with prestigious FBI award for helping combat crime https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-special-agent-honored-prestigious-fbi-award-helping-combat-crime The award, considered one of the most prestigious within the FBI, was given to members of the CASTTF for their work in combatting violent crime in Indian Country. Phoenix special agent honored with prestigious FBI award for helping combat crime https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-special-agent-honored-prestigious-fbi-award-helping-combat-crime Thu, 05/06/2021 - 09:42 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Woman who targeted the elderly in a lottery scam sentenced to 2 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-who-targeted-elderly-lottery-scam-sentenced-2-years-prison Shanelle Bailey, 23, of Jamaica, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez after pleading guilty Oct. 10, 2020, to Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-who-targeted-elderly-lottery-scam-sentenced-2-years-prison Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:26 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Phoenix partners with local law enforcement agencies, arrests and charges 6 men with child sex crimes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-partners-local-law-enforcement-agencies-arrests-and-charges-6-men-child Operation Leather Mitt targeted the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking in the area. Operation Leather Mitt targeted the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking in the area. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-partners-local-law-enforcement-agencies-arrests-and-charges-6-men-child Wed, 03/31/2021 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Phoenix man charged with fraud after seeking over $450,000 in COVID relief funds https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-man-charged-fraud-after-seeking-over-450000-covid-relief-funds James Theodore Polzin, 47, of Mesa, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed Wednesday, after he was ordered detained at a hearing in U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. He is charged with three counts of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits and three counts of wire fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-man-charged-fraud-after-seeking-over-450000-covid-relief-funds Thu, 03/25/2021 - 16:44 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Former Green Valley fire captain sentenced to 90 months in prison for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-green-valley-fire-captain-sentenced-90-months-prison-child-exploitation Nathanael Dougall, 39, of Tucson, was sentenced by United States District Judge James Soto; he previously pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography on Aug. 16, 2019. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-green-valley-fire-captain-sentenced-90-months-prison-child-exploitation Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:14 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Paul Petersen sentenced to 5 years in Arizona prison following a joint financial fraud HSI and DPS investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-sentenced-5-years-arizona-prison-following-joint-financial-fraud-hsi Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has been sentenced to five years in state prison on March 19, for running an adoption scheme that was unlawfully paid for by Arizona taxpayers following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS). This sentence will be in addition to his federal sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-sentenced-5-years-arizona-prison-following-joint-financial-fraud-hsi Fri, 03/19/2021 - 12:32 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Arizona returns hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-pre-columbian-artifacts-mexico The HSI Phoenix case began Oct. 8, 2013, when special agents were contacted by a representative of the Chandler Historical Society regarding multiple suspected pre-Columbian Chinesco-Western pottery figures with origins as far back as 100 B.C., which were in the possession of the City of Chandler Museum. HSI special agents promptly met with the museum’s director who turned over 10 Shaft Tomb artifacts for further review and investigation. Through an archeological expert analysis, the authenticity of these artifacts was confirmed as being more than 1,500 years old and originating from Mexico. HSI Arizona returns hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico , HSI Arizona returns hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico , HSI Arizona returns hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-pre-columbian-artifacts-mexico Tue, 03/09/2021 - 09:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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. 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 Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:02 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI partners with local law enforcement in child exploitation takedown https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-local-law-enforcement-child-exploitation-takedown Operation Broken Hearts was an undercover operation targeting sexual predators engaged in child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children. These 37 suspects solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested. Operation Broken Hearts – Child Sex Crimes Arrests https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-partners-local-law-enforcement-child-exploitation-takedown Tue, 02/23/2021 - 12:20 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Goodyear man sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation of minor following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-sentenced-20-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-following-hsi Jesse Anthony Garcia, 30, of Goodyear, had previously admitted to recording a video in which a minor victim was engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct, and attempting to record a video in which a minor victim was engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct in 2016. Garcia pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and one count of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Goodyear man sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation of minor following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-sentenced-20-years-prison-sexual-exploitation-minor-following-hsi Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:50 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Arizona sex trafficker sentenced to 10 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-sex-trafficker-sentenced-10-years-prison Louis Broadway-Phillips, 27, pleaded guilty to Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Attempt to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Sex Trafficking, Tampering with a Witness and Influencing a Witness. Arizona sex trafficker sentenced to 10 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-sex-trafficker-sentenced-10-years-prison Mon, 01/25/2021 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE assists in arrest of alleged child predator https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-arrest-alleged-child-predator Lawrence Legault, 60, was taken into custody pursuant to a search warrant by law enforcement after information was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a phone number associated with Legault was used in the uploading of illicit child images to a cloud storage account. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-assists-arrest-alleged-child-predator Fri, 01/08/2021 - 13:17 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted in Sonora for possession for military firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-fugitive-wanted-sonora-possession-military-firearms On Oct. 15, 2019, the Sixth District Court in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, issued an arrest warrant against Aviles-Yocupicio. The warrant alleges he carried firearms and firearm cartridges designated for the exclusive use of the Mexican military. ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted in Sonora for possession for military firearms , ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted in Sonora for possession for military firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-fugitive-wanted-sonora-possession-military-firearms Tue, 12/29/2020 - 16:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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. ICE investigation leads to 17 indicted in Kingman drug trafficking ring 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 State - Arizona ICE arrests fugitive child sexual predator during targeted enforcement operation in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-fugitive-child-sexual-predator-during-targeted-enforcement-operation On July 23, the Summit County Sheriff's Office in Breckenridge, Colorado, arrested and booked Rafael Ceba-Garcia into the Garfield County Jail. He was arrested on two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-fugitive-child-sexual-predator-during-targeted-enforcement-operation Thu, 11/12/2020 - 16:44 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE removes Honduran national wanted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-honduran-national-wanted-murder-0 Jose Elias Jovel-Castro, 38, is a citizen of Honduras who has repeatedly violated the nation’s immigration laws. Jovel-Castro has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for driving under the influence, assault-domestic violence, and multiple federal convictions, dating back to 2007, related to false documents and illegal reentry. ICE removes Honduran national wanted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-honduran-national-wanted-murder-0 Fri, 10/09/2020 - 15:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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. 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. The HSI Douglas Office has an agent assigned to the Sierra Vista Police Department Community Response Team who provided assistance with the crime scene and interviews.  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 State - Arizona ICE joins law enforcement in making numerous arrests related to child sexual exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-joins-law-enforcement-making-numerous-arrests-related-child-sexual-exploitation Dubbed “Operation Home Alone 2,” it is the culmination of a months-long proactive operation to combat child sexual exploitation and child sex trafficking in Pinal County. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives lead the joint effort comprised of local, state and federal agencies to include HSI, who targeted sexual predators who attempted to lure underage children with the intent of engaging in sexual activity. ICE joins law enforcement in making numerous arrests related to child sexual exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-joins-law-enforcement-making-numerous-arrests-related-child-sexual-exploitation Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE removes alien wanted for homicide in Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-alien-wanted-homicide-mexico Lizarraga-Garcia was convicted in the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, for burglary in the first degree, and was sentenced to nine years of incarceration with the Arizona Dept. Corrections (ADOC) in 2012. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) had previously removed Lizarraga-Garcia twice in 2010. Additionally, Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for Lizarraga-Garcia for homicide in 2013. ICE removes alien wanted for homicide in Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-alien-wanted-homicide-mexico Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE ERO Phoenix nets 67 arrests in latest operations targeting criminal aliens https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-phoenix-nets-67-arrests-latest-operations-targeting-criminal-aliens Data captured from July 13 to Aug. 20 shows that local ERO officers arrested more than 60 at-large individuals living illegally in the U.S., or who are removable from the U.S. due to their criminal convictions. Of the 67 arrested, 54 aliens had criminal convictions. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-phoenix-nets-67-arrests-latest-operations-targeting-criminal-aliens Tue, 09/01/2020 - 08:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona