ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:34:25 -0400 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 State - Tennessee HSI investigation leads to multiple state charges in human trafficking operation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-multiple-state-charges-human-trafficking-operation A two-day undercover operation involving HSI and multiple Tennessee local and state law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of six individuals accused of seeking illicit sex from minors. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-multiple-state-charges-human-trafficking-operation Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:51 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee HSI-led investigation results in lengthy prison sentence for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-results-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation According to documents on file with the court, Preston Andrew Watson, 30, of Scott County, Tennessee, duped, extorted and threatened minors located in the United States and abroad to obtain sexually explicit images from them. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-results-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:51 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Tennessee man faces federal charges in child exploitation after HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-federal-charges-child-exploitation-after-hsi-investigation Leon B. Hensley, 40, formerly of Clarksville and currently living in Lake Whales, Florida, was arrested this morning near his home in Florida. He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Tampa, Florida, later today. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-federal-charges-child-exploitation-after-hsi-investigation Thu, 05/20/2021 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Chinese national guilty of obstructing HSI human trafficking investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-guilty-obstructing-hsi-human-trafficking-investigation Xu Zhang, 31, a New York resident, was indicted in September 2019, after conspiring with his girlfriend and co-conspirator, Gao Xing, also a Chinese national, to destroy and conceal records pertinent to a federal grand jury investigation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-guilty-obstructing-hsi-human-trafficking-investigation Wed, 05/05/2021 - 10:40 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Federal jury convicts US citizen of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-jury-convicts-us-citizen-conspiracy-commit-economic-espionage-theft-trade Following a twelve-day trial, Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 59, of Lansing, Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud. You, was originally indicted in February 2019, for trade secret offenses and wire fraud and was charged in a superseding indictment with economic espionage and conspiracy to commit economic espionage in August 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-jury-convicts-us-citizen-conspiracy-commit-economic-espionage-theft-trade Fri, 04/23/2021 - 14:49 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Former defense attorney convicted of multiple sex crimes involving children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-defense-attorney-convicted-multiple-sex-crimes-involving-children An undercover investigation of Kent Lowery Booher, 64, of Harriman, Tennessee, a convicted sex offender, revealed that he began communicating on Facebook with an individual he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Over a period of five days, he used Facebook, text messaging, and telephone calls to attempt to entice the individual to engage in sexual activity. In March 2019, Booher was arrested by local law enforcement while on the way to meet with a minor child. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-defense-attorney-convicted-multiple-sex-crimes-involving-children Wed, 04/21/2021 - 17:01 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Tennessee woman receives lengthy prison sentence for child exploitation offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-woman-receives-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation-offenses “HSI agents make it a top priority to work with all of our law enforcement partners to investigate predators involved with the production, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse material,” said Jerry C. Templet, Jr, special agent in charge of HSI Nashville. “Each year, millions of children fall prey to sexual predators, and it is imperative that we do our part to protect vulnerable children from victimization and ensure the perpetrators are punished for their heinous crimes.” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-woman-receives-lengthy-prison-sentence-child-exploitation-offenses Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:28 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee HSI investigation leads to 40 years in prison for child exploitation of an infant https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-40-years-prison-child-exploitation-infant Anthony Brett Banks, 30, formerly of Kannapolis, North Carolina, previously pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with transportation of child pornography and causing another person to transport and ship child pornography in interstate commerce. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-40-years-prison-child-exploitation-infant Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:38 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Multi-year investigation by HSI results in federal indictments for 27 individuals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-investigation-hsi-results-federal-indictments-27-individuals In total, 37 individuals have been charged in the large-scale conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine that began as early as 2018 and was orchestrated from within the Tennessee state prison system. Other charges resulting from the investigation include kidnapping, money laundering, making threats by electronic communication, and firearms violations. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/multi-year-investigation-hsi-results-federal-indictments-27-individuals Wed, 03/31/2021 - 18:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Tennessee man faces child pornography charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-child-pornography-charges HSI agents arrested Austin Kidd, 27, March 17, 2021, at his residence. After appearing before a U.S. Magistrate Judge, he was ordered held in custody pending trial. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tennessee-man-faces-child-pornography-charges Fri, 03/26/2021 - 15:13 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Joint human trafficking operation results in 5 arrests https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-human-trafficking-operation-results-5-arrests The five men were booked into the Obion County Jail in Union City on state charges, where a $10,000 bond was set for each. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-human-trafficking-operation-results-5-arrests Tue, 03/09/2021 - 16:28 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Federal indictment of MS-13 gang members with murder in aid of racketeering https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-indictment-ms-13-gang-members-murder-aid-racketeering Oscar Degaldo Flores, a.k.a. Flaco, 24, of El Salvador, and Luis Colindres, a.k.a. Listo and Joe, 21, of Honduras, were also charged with conspiracy; witness tampering; using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing death through the use of a firearm. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-indictment-ms-13-gang-members-murder-aid-racketeering Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Nashville child predator sentenced to 105 years following ICE HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nashville-child-predator-sentenced-105-years-following-ice-hsi-investigation Jarratt A. Turner, 36, of Nashville, previously pleaded guilty to all counts of the indictment issued in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee March 20, 2017. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nashville-child-predator-sentenced-105-years-following-ice-hsi-investigation Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Guatemalan man sentenced to 50 years in prison for production of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-man-sentenced-50-years-prison-production-child-pornography Edwin Velasquez-Curuchiche, 40, of Guatemala, formerly of Lebanon, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography on Feb. 21, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-man-sentenced-50-years-prison-production-child-pornography Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee ICE computer forensics analyst proves Tennessee is the Volunteer State https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-computer-forensics-analyst-proves-tennessee-volunteer-state Brian Wall, a computer forensics analyst with HSI Knoxville, volunteers in his off-duty time with the Sevier County Rescue Squad. On Monday, Nov. 28, he received the call that all members of the squad were needed at the fire station. Wall eagerly answered that call. Wildfire , Wall , Wildfire , Rescue Squad https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-computer-forensics-analyst-proves-tennessee-volunteer-state Tue, 12/06/2016 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-nashville-hosts-first-ever-forensic-lab-training-tennessee-law-enforcement HSI Nashville hosted the first-ever training for state and local agencies to include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Transportation Security Administration and others. ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies , ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-nashville-hosts-first-ever-forensic-lab-training-tennessee-law-enforcement Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee 5 indicted for fraud against the US Government in "Made in America" marketing scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5-indicted-fraud-against-us-government-made-america-marketing-scheme Vincent Lee Ferguson, 65, of Knoxville; Matthew Lee Ferguson, 40, of Lenoir City; Kerry Joseph Ferguson, 35, of Houston, Texas; Matthew Harrison Martland, 32, of Knoxville; and Stephanie Lynn Kaemmerer, 44, of Knoxville; appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifton Corker and pleaded not guilty. All were released on bond pending trial, which has been set for Nov. 1, in U.S. District Court, in Greeneville. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5-indicted-fraud-against-us-government-made-america-marketing-scheme Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Former Tennessee police officer sentenced to 26 years for producing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-tennessee-police-officer-sentenced-26-years-producing-child-pornography Rickie Friar, 67, of Millington, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release after his term of imprisonment by U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. Friar previously pleaded guilty to the criminal charges in May. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-tennessee-police-officer-sentenced-26-years-producing-child-pornography Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee 4 former executives sentenced for illegally exporting weapons parts https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-former-executives-sentenced-illegally-exporting-weapons-parts Charles Shearon, 60, of Goodlettsville, Elmer Hill, 69, of Brentwood, Michael Curlett, 49, of Wixom, Michigan, and Arnold See, Jr., 59, of Murfreesboro were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell. Sentences ranged from 13 to 18 months.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-former-executives-sentenced-illegally-exporting-weapons-parts Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee HSI Nashville supports training for Tennessee Highway Patrol https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-nashville-supports-training-tennessee-highway-patrol CBP’s training program at the port focuses on helping state and local law enforcement become more familiar with current trends being used by smugglers to bring people or contraband into the United States illegally. Knowledge such as this can be useful during routine side-of-the-road stops as well as in a targeted smuggling operation. THP Troopers from across the State of Tennessee at the Hidalgo POE for a week of training  , Approximately 11,000lbs of marijuana concealed within fake fruit , THP Troopers,  CBP Officers, and HSI Special Agents discuss current trends at the Hidalgo Port of Entry https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-nashville-supports-training-tennessee-highway-patrol Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Former soldier sentenced to 50 years for videotaped rape of 6-year-old girl https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-soldier-sentenced-50-years-videotaped-rape-6-year-old-girl According to court documents, Joshua Matthew Cline, 28, received an automatic 25-year sentence without parole on each charge Monday after pleading guilty in April to two counts of child rape. Cline was previously sentenced to more than 27 years in federal prison for production of child pornography in August 2011. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-soldier-sentenced-50-years-videotaped-rape-6-year-old-girl Wed, 07/10/2013 - 00:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Guatemalan man sentenced for sexually abusing teen human trafficking victim https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-man-sentenced-sexually-abusing-teen-human-trafficking-victim German Rolando Vicente-Sapon, a Guatemalan man illegally present in the United States, was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday for sexually abusing a teenage Guatemalan girl he illegally trafficked across the Mexican border. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-man-sentenced-sexually-abusing-teen-human-trafficking-victim Tue, 05/28/2013 - 00:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Former high school band director sentenced to 200 months in prison and $3 million in restitution for child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-high-school-band-director-sentenced-200-months-prison-and-3-million Roy Walsh, 39, formerly of Jasper, Tenn., now residing in Lenoir City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to serve 200 months in prison and to pay $3 million in restitution to two victims in a child pornography case investigated by ICE's HSI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigative Division. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-high-school-band-director-sentenced-200-months-prison-and-3-million Mon, 03/28/2011 - 00:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee Honduran sexual predator arrested by ICE https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/honduran-sexual-predator-arrested-ice Selvin Omar Plata, 31, was arrested through ERO's Criminal Alien Program (CAP), which focuses on removing aliens who are incarcerated in local or state jails following convictions that make them a danger to national security or a risk to public safety. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/honduran-sexual-predator-arrested-ice Fri, 07/23/2010 - 00:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Tennessee