ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:40:26 -0400 Multi-agency investigation results in arrest, indictment of ‘drug-kingpin’ associated with Sinaloa Cartel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-agency-investigation-results-arrest-indictment-drug-kingpin-associated-sinaloa Miguel Baez Guevara, 38, a United States citizen living in Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 17 counts related to his leadership role in trafficking narcotics directly from Mexico to Alaska. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-agency-investigation-results-arrest-indictment-drug-kingpin-associated-sinaloa Wed, 09/15/2021 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Yuma, law enforcement partners arrest 6 individuals with ties to Mexican cartels https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-yuma-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-6-individuals-ties-mexican-cartels Those arrested include: Everardo Rodriguez Duran, Brian David Duran, Guadalupe Duran, Juan Duran, Uriel Coronel, Jesus Miranda Haros, Juan Carlos Magana and Amaytani Nunez. They are facing state charges including conspiracy to transport and distribute narcotics, firearms possession, gang enhancements and conspiracy to commit murder. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-yuma-law-enforcement-partners-arrest-6-individuals-ties-mexican-cartels Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:54 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Former Arizona bank manager sentenced to 30 months for money laundering following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-arizona-bank-manager-sentenced-30-months-money-laundering-following-hsi Carlos Antonio Vasquez, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto. On April 19, Vasquez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering after his arrest on Sept. 24, 2019.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-arizona-bank-manager-sentenced-30-months-money-laundering-following-hsi Fri, 09/03/2021 - 09:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Phoenix, police arrest 2 men for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-police-arrest-2-men-alleged-sexual-exploitation-minor On Friday morning, law enforcement executed a state search warrant at a residence on the 7200 block of SR 92 resulting in the arrest of Luis Cesar Fernandez De Castro, 35, of Sierra Vista. Luis Cesar Fernandez De Castro, 35, of Sierra Vista , Jesus Moreno-Cruz, 28, of Phoenix https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-police-arrest-2-men-alleged-sexual-exploitation-minor Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:03 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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. Officers searched the consular vehicle that Bray-Vazquez was driving and found 10 rifles and five pistols, including a Barrett .50-caliber rifle and several AK-47 and AR variant rifles and pistols. , Officers searched the consular vehicle that Bray-Vazquez was driving and found 10 rifles and five pistols, including a Barrett .50-caliber rifle and several AK-47 and AR variant rifles and pistols. , Officers searched the consular vehicle that Bray-Vazquez was driving and found 10 rifles and five pistols, including a Barrett .50-caliber rifle and several AK-47 and AR variant rifles and pistols. , Officers searched the consular vehicle that Bray-Vazquez was driving and found 10 rifles and five pistols, including a Barrett .50-caliber rifle and several AK-47 and AR variant rifles and pistols. 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 State - Arizona Arizona task force seizes over $10 million in counterfeit designer-brand apparel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-task-force-seizes-over-10-million-counterfeit-designer-brand-apparel HSI Nogales Task Force officers seized 6,628 pieces of attire, with an MSRP value of $10,483,082. HSI Nogales Task Force officers seized 6,628 pieces of attire, with an MSRP value of $10,483,082. , Gucci - 1,080 blouses (MSRP $702,000) , Louis Vuitton - 634 blouses (MSRP $507,200) , Burberry - 1,080 shirts (MSRP $421,200) , Chanel - 1,496 dresses and 1,152 blouses (MSRP $8,484,032) , Chanel - 1,496 dresses and 1,152 blouses (MSRP $8,484,032) https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/arizona-task-force-seizes-over-10-million-counterfeit-designer-brand-apparel Fri, 08/13/2021 - 15:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Phoenix assists in multi-agency operation, 18 men arrested on prostitution and other charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-assists-multi-agency-operation-18-men-arrested-prostitution-and-other Special agents with ICE's HSI joined the East Valley Human Trafficking Taskforce (EVHTTF) on a two-day “Buyer Reduction” or sting operation, which resulted in 18 arrests. Row 1: Brendon Toshiro Ohoro; Fidel San Juan; Dhruvil Maheshbhai Patel; Anthony Lopez; Anthony Orona; Nicholas Reyes. Row 2: Ramon Ojeda-Jimenez; Rashpal Singh; Robert Timko; Stanton Begay; Scott Webster; Edward Estrada. Row 3: Brian Hill; Heriberto Perez-Mendez; Jared Pehl; John Russo; Erdinc Ekener; Bob Chen* https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-assists-multi-agency-operation-18-men-arrested-prostitution-and-other Thu, 08/12/2021 - 17:25 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Phoenix seeks help identifying potential victims of ex-school teacher arrested for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-school-teacher-arrested-child Cheng-Hsuan “Eric” Tsai, 29, of Mesa, Arizona, appeared for his initial appearance Friday morning. He faces 20 counts of distribution and possessing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Maricopa County Judge Steven McCarthy set Tsai’s bail to $1 million. Tsai Booking Photo https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-school-teacher-arrested-child Fri, 08/06/2021 - 15:42 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Tucson woman indicted for alien smuggling leading to death https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tucson-woman-indicted-alien-smuggling-leading-death Michelle Sunshine Betters, 44, of Tucson, Arizona, was previously indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury. The court ordered Betters detained pending trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 8. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tucson-woman-indicted-alien-smuggling-leading-death Thu, 07/29/2021 - 11:03 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona ICE HSI Arizona, multi-agency taskforce, nets 2 arrests in online operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arizona-multi-agency-taskforce-nets-2-arrests-online-operation From July 19 through July 26, law enforcement agencies with the Southeast Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (AZICAC), arrested two individuals for attempting to lure minors to engage in sexual conduct. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arizona-multi-agency-taskforce-nets-2-arrests-online-operation Tue, 07/27/2021 - 11:25 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona HSI Phoenix partners with local law enforcement agencies, arrests and charges 39 men with child sex crimes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-partners-local-law-enforcement-agencies-arrests-and-charges-39-men-child The operation known as “Behind the Mask” was an undercover operation that targeted the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking. Throughout the operational period, undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts. The suspects reportedly solicited and/or brokered deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-phoenix-partners-local-law-enforcement-agencies-arrests-and-charges-39-men-child Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:44 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Co-defendant in Marshallese adoption fraud scheme sentenced to prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/co-defendant-marshallese-adoption-fraud-scheme-sentenced-prison Special agents with ICE's HSI and officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) investigated the case. A state Grand Jury indicted Lynwood Jennet and her co-conspirator, Paul Petersen, in October 2019. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/co-defendant-marshallese-adoption-fraud-scheme-sentenced-prison Tue, 07/13/2021 - 14:51 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona Sonora, Mexico, man sentenced for narcotics smuggling after tunnel is discovered under Arizona house https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sonora-mexico-man-sentenced-narcotics-smuggling-after-tunnel-discovered-under-arizona Jovany Alonso Robledo-Delgado, 35, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott H. Rash. Robledo-Delgado previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sonora-mexico-man-sentenced-narcotics-smuggling-after-tunnel-discovered-under-arizona Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Arizona 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