ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by State en Copyright 2020 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:18:02 -0500 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 Ajo Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with drug trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ajo-border-patrol-agent-arrested-and-charged-drug-trafficking Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott, 53, was charged by complaint, and had his initial appearance Monday before United States Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman of the District of Arizona. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ajo-border-patrol-agent-arrested-and-charged-drug-trafficking Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/feds-intercept-incomplete-cross-border-subterranean-tunnel Preliminary photographs reveal the man-passable passageway measures 3 feet wide and 4 feet high and is equipped with a fully developed ventilation system, water lines, electrical wiring, rail system, extensive reinforcement and shoring, known to be commonly used in sophisticated subterranean tunnels. Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel , Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel , Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel , Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel , Feds intercept incomplete cross-border subterranean tunnel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/feds-intercept-incomplete-cross-border-subterranean-tunnel Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Multi-agency task force seizes cache of hard narcotics worth over 1 million dollars https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-agency-task-force-seizes-cache-hard-narcotics-worth-over-1-million-dollars Agents quickly moved in to secure the scene and arrested Luis Rendon-Espinoza, Manual Delgado-Lopez, Miguel Daniel Luna and Felicitas Saenz charging them with various narcotics federal violations. Multi-agency task force seizes cache of hard narcotics worth over 1 million dollars https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-agency-task-force-seizes-cache-hard-narcotics-worth-over-1-million-dollars Mon, 08/03/2020 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Paul Petersen pleads guilty to Arizona charges in adoption fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-pleads-guilty-arizona-charges-adoption-fraud-scheme Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen pleaded guilty today in Maricopa County Superior Court to running an adoption fraud scheme that involved bringing pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give birth, fraudulently billing those medical expenses to Arizona taxpayers. While Petersen faces charges in three states – Arizona, Utah and Arkansas – today’s plea agreements only resolve Petersen’s criminal cases in Arizona. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-pleads-guilty-arizona-charges-adoption-fraud-scheme Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE HSI Nogales seizes several hundred bottles of diluted cleaning products https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nogales-seizes-several-hundred-bottles-diluted-cleaning-products In March and April 2020, CBP officers at the Port of Nogales Mariposa Crossing observed an increase of imported products in demand due to the current COVID-19 related shortages. Special agents began investigating how and where these products we attempting to make their way into the United States. ICE HSI Nogales seizes several hundred bottles of diluted cleaning products , ICE HSI Nogales seizes several hundred bottles of diluted cleaning products , ICE HSI Nogales seizes several hundred bottles of diluted cleaning products https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-nogales-seizes-several-hundred-bottles-diluted-cleaning-products Wed, 04/29/2020 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Phoenix women sentenced for drug trafficking and money laundering https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-women-sentenced-drug-trafficking-and-money-laundering Consuelo Stephanee Pena, 29, and on March 16, Dulce Avilene Gonzalez-Rosillo, 24, both of Phoenix were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa and U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes, respectively, for their participation in their illegal activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-women-sentenced-drug-trafficking-and-money-laundering Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Goodyear man indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-indicted-sexual-exploitation-minor Jesse Anthony Garcia, 29, of Goodyear was charged with nine counts of sexual exploitation of a minor as confirmed by that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/goodyear-man-indicted-sexual-exploitation-minor Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 9 Arizonans indicted in undercover child sexual exploitation crackdown https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/9-arizonans-indicted-undercover-child-sexual-exploitation-crackdown The operation was an undercover investigation targeting individuals soliciting sexual conduct with minors. In the course of the operational period, the below defendants were arrested and accused of various sex crimes offenses. Two defendants have been charged with child sex trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/9-arizonans-indicted-undercover-child-sexual-exploitation-crackdown Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona DHS law enforcement in Yuma discover cross-border tunnel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-law-enforcement-yuma-discover-cross-border-tunnel Contractors working on the wall project had been moving soil in the area when they uncovered plywood and boards, which agents later determined to be possible tunnel shoring. After further excavation the incomplete tunnel measured approximately 8 to 12 feet below the surface of the ground at the location of the sink hole. This is the sixth tunnel discovered in the Yuma Sector area of responsibility. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dhs-law-enforcement-yuma-discover-cross-border-tunnel Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Record breaking meth bust in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/record-breaking-meth-bust-arizona CBP Officers discovered more than 600 packages of drugs concealed within a non-factory floor compartment of a tractor trailer that was laden with tomatoes and bell peppers, driven by a 34-year-old truck driver. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers seized approximately 690 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of about $690,000. Record breaking meth bust in Arizona , Record breaking meth bust in Arizona https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/record-breaking-meth-bust-arizona Mon, 03/09/2020 - 18:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE ERO Phoenix removes Salvadoran national wanted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-phoenix-removes-salvadoran-national-wanted-murder On Dec.12, 2018, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested Mejia-Santos, after he illegally entered the U.S. near Lukeville, Arizona and placed him in removal proceedings. ICE ERO Phoenix removes Salvadoran national wanted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-phoenix-removes-salvadoran-national-wanted-murder Wed, 03/04/2020 - 15:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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 State - Arizona