ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by State en Copyright 2020 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:07:03 -0500 North Texas Trafficking Task Force recovers 31 missing children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-trafficking-task-force-recovers-31-missing-children In early February, the HSI led NTTTF supported by the USMS for the Northern District of Texas conducted a joint law-enforcement operation to locate the missing children reported through the NCIC database and law enforcement partners. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-trafficking-task-force-recovers-31-missing-children Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:11 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE HSI El Paso, CBP seize more than $100,000 in counterfeit NFL, other sports-related merchandise https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related HSI special agents and CBP officers conducted joint enforcement operations from Jan. 22 through Feb. 5 and seized counterfeit merchandise in various locations in El Paso County, including an Eastside parking lot, a Lower Valley business, and a Horizon City residence. Counterfeit Jerseys , Counterfeit Jerseys https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-el-paso-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-nfl-other-sports-related Wed, 02/10/2021 - 15:09 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sentenced to more than 11 years for enticing minor on social media https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-11-years-enticing-minor-social-media On Feb. 10, Jason Hernandez, 34, was also ordered to serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children. And, he will have to register as a sex offender. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-11-years-enticing-minor-social-media Wed, 02/10/2021 - 13:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE HSI-led investigation results in South Texas grand jury indicting Houston man for smuggling 119 undocumented immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man On Feb. 9, a Laredo grand jury returned an indictment against Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, from Houston, charging him with conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants. Rhodes is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-led-investigation-results-south-texas-grand-jury-indicting-houston-man Tue, 02/09/2021 - 15:09 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE HSI Dallas led investigation results in Denton man receiving 15 year sentence for trafficking a 17-year old https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence William Adam Jonathan Smith, 31, was found guilty by a federal jury. He was convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor and one count of Sex Trafficking of a Minor. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-led-investigation-results-denton-man-receiving-15-year-sentence Wed, 02/03/2021 - 07:10 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE HSI investigation results in the sentencing of Bandidos gang member for transporting undocumented immigrants and obstructing justice https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting On Feb. 2, 2021, Benito Lopez III, 53, from Los Ebanos appeared before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez who sentenced him to 82 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-investigation-results-sentencing-bandidos-gang-member-transporting Tue, 02/02/2021 - 10:12 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE HSI Dallas arrests man for trafficking a 14-year old https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-arrests-man-trafficking-14-year-old An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas and the North Texas Trafficking Task Force led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Dallas man for human trafficking. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-dallas-arrests-man-trafficking-14-year-old Fri, 01/29/2021 - 18:43 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Registered sex offender from Southeast Texas sentenced to 17 years in prison for child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/registered-sex-offender-southeast-texas-sentenced-17-years-prison-child-pornography Cameron Michael Pittman, 34, a resident of Orange Grove, Texas, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography in the Southern District of Texas Sept. 9. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/registered-sex-offender-southeast-texas-sentenced-17-years-prison-child-pornography Thu, 01/28/2021 - 13:58 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Texas woman Indicted for transporting minor for female genital mutilation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-woman-indicted-transporting-minor-female-genital-mutilation Zahra Badri, 39, of Houston, who is originally from the United Kingdom, is charged in an indictment with knowingly transporting a minor from the United States in foreign commerce for the purpose of FGM from about July 10, 2016 through Oct. 14, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-woman-indicted-transporting-minor-female-genital-mutilation Thu, 01/14/2021 - 17:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE Dallas announces immigration enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2020 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-dallas-announces-immigration-enforcement-statistics-fiscal-year-2020 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced Wednesday the fiscal year (FY) 2020 immigration statistics for the Dallas Field Office. ERO Dallas is responsible for overseeing an area of responsibility (AOR) that includes the state of Oklahoma and 128 counties in North Texas. FY 20 Year-End Stats , In FY20, ERO Dallas conducted 14,630 administrative arrests. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-dallas-announces-immigration-enforcement-statistics-fiscal-year-2020 Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE Houston announces immigration enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2020 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-houston-announces-immigration-enforcement-statistics-fiscal-year-2020 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced on Wednesday the fiscal year (FY) 2020 immigration statistics for the Houston Field Office. ERO Houston is responsible for overseeing an area of responsibility (AOR) that includes 54 counties stretching from the East Texas border along the Louisiana state line from Shelby County down to Brooks and Kennedy counties. FY20 Year-End Stats , In FY20, ERO Houston conducted 10,172 administrative arrests https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-houston-announces-immigration-enforcement-statistics-fiscal-year-2020 Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE shares $160,000 with southwest Texas Sheriff’s Office https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-shares-160000-southwest-texas-sheriffs-office ICE HSI distributed $164,577.44 in funds forfeited from bulk cash seized to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department January 12, as part of a federal asset sharing program. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-shares-160000-southwest-texas-sheriffs-office Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:52 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-unlawfully-present-salvadoran-national-wanted-aggravated-homicide Marlon Ariel Mendez Maldonado, a 28-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was flown from Alexandria, Louisiana, to the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, he was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC). ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-unlawfully-present-salvadoran-national-wanted-aggravated-homicide Mon, 01/11/2021 - 08:20 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Houston man admits to hijacking interstate freight shipment, following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-admits-hijacking-interstate-freight-shipment-following-ice-investigation Maksims Klopovs admitted he was to be paid for picking up a large load of electronics originally set for delivery to a college in Corpus Christi. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-admits-hijacking-interstate-freight-shipment-following-ice-investigation Thu, 01/07/2021 - 10:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE Houston arrests 9 criminal aliens wanted for illegally reentering US https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-houston-arrests-9-criminal-aliens-wanted-illegally-reentering-us From Nov. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020, ERO Houston arrested nine criminal aliens in the greater Houston area after securing criminal arrest warrants for illegal reentry. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-houston-arrests-9-criminal-aliens-wanted-illegally-reentering-us Wed, 01/06/2021 - 09:49 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE removes Guatemalan national wanted for attempted homicide https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-national-wanted-attempted-homicide Dalvis Hernandez-Ixcoy, 30, a native of Guatemala, was removed by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) via an ICE Air Operations charter flight without incident from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Guatemala City, Guatemala. Once in Guatemala, ERO officers turned him over to law enforcement authorities. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-guatemalan-national-wanted-attempted-homicide Tue, 12/29/2020 - 18:57 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas 15 named in $26 million international trade fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/15-named-26-million-international-trade-fraud-scheme Law enforcement arrested Zheng “Miranda” Zhou, 53, of Missouri City, and Kun “Bruce” Liu, 40, of Sugar Land, Dec. 14. Both made their initial appearances in Houston federal court Dec. 15, at which time the criminal indictment was unsealed. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/15-named-26-million-international-trade-fraud-scheme Thu, 12/17/2020 - 15:56 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE warning on fake COVID-19 vaccines, counterfeit PPE, bogus preventive medical treatments https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-warning-fake-covid-19-vaccines-counterfeit-ppe-bogus-preventive-medical Fraudulent schemes may include the sale of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and so-called preventive medical treatments. ICE HSI El Paso seeks to identify people who may be victims of COVID-19 related fraud. ICE warning on fake COVID-19 vaccines, counterfeit PPE, bogus preventive medical treatments https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-warning-fake-covid-19-vaccines-counterfeit-ppe-bogus-preventive-medical Mon, 12/14/2020 - 13:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-surgical-masks-intended-hospital-workers On Dec. 3, CBP officers at the Ysleta Cargo Facility initially intercepted the shipment of 100,080 3M N95 surgical masks with an MSRP of $600,480. The masks were in-transit at an El Paso bonded warehouse destined to a hospital on the East Coast. ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers , ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers , ICE, CBP seize more than 100,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-seize-more-100000-counterfeit-surgical-masks-intended-hospital-workers Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:05 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Stash house operator, drug dealer convicted following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/stash-house-operator-drug-dealer-convicted-following-ice-investigation Hugo Cristobal Garza-Ornelas, 35, from Mexico went before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa to admit to possessing the cocaine for further distribution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/stash-house-operator-drug-dealer-convicted-following-ice-investigation Tue, 12/08/2020 - 08:50 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Human smuggling conviction following ICE investigation into deadly crash https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/human-smuggling-conviction-following-ice-investigation-deadly-crash This week, David Valadez, 27, from Laredo is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge to be formally charged for conspiring to transport an illegal alien resulting in death. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/human-smuggling-conviction-following-ice-investigation-deadly-crash Fri, 12/04/2020 - 10:18 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE investigation leads to conviction on exporting firearms, ammunition & explosive material https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-conviction-exporting-firearms-ammunition-explosive-material A Florida man was convicted Friday of aiding and abetting the export of defense articles from the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-conviction-exporting-firearms-ammunition-explosive-material Fri, 12/04/2020 - 08:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE investigation leads to federal imprisonment of South Texas woman for meth https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-federal-imprisonment-south-texas-woman-meth According to court documents, Alma Rosa Salinas attempted entry into the United States Aug. 7, 2019 at the Los Ebanos Port of Entry driving a Ford F-150. She was referred to secondary inspection where a K-9 had alerted other officials to the presence of concealed narcotics. Once at the secondary inspection area, authorities found liquid meth hidden in the vehicle’s gas tank. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-leads-federal-imprisonment-south-texas-woman-meth Mon, 11/30/2020 - 09:07 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for membership in terrorist organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-unlawfully-present-salvadoran-national-wanted-membership-terrorist Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, removed an unlawfully present Salvadoran national Friday wanted in El Salvador for membership in a terrorist organization.  ICE removes unlawfully present Salvadoran national wanted for membership in terrorist organization https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-unlawfully-present-salvadoran-national-wanted-membership-terrorist Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:02 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas 7 charged in connection with scheme to defraud $16 million in COVID-19 relief loans https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7-charged-connection-scheme-defraud-16-million-covid-19-relief-loans Amir Aqeel, 52, and Pardeep Basra, 51, both of Houston; Rifat Bajwa, 51, Richmond, Texas; Mayer Misak, 40, Cypress, Texas; Mauricio Navia, 41, Katy, Texas; and Richard Reuth, 57, Spring, Texas, made their initial appearances Nov. 17 in the Southern District of Texas. They are all charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. The indictment also charges Aqeel with three counts of money laundering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7-charged-connection-scheme-defraud-16-million-covid-19-relief-loans Thu, 11/19/2020 - 15:23 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas