ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:21:56 -0400 Florida man sentenced for transporting 149 noncitizens inside his tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/florida-man-sentenced-transporting-149-noncitizens-inside-his-tractor-trailer Joseph Winslow, 54, from Fort Meade, Florida, also was ordered to serve three years supervised release after completing his sentence. Winslow pleaded guilty March 5. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/florida-man-sentenced-transporting-149-noncitizens-inside-his-tractor-trailer Fri, 09/10/2021 - 10:07 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sentenced for harboring noncitizens in unsanitary, crowded conditions https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-harboring-noncitizens-unsanitary-crowded-conditions Santos DeLeon-Cardenas, 35, from Brownsville was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years supervised release. De Leon-Cardenas pleaded guilty April 29.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-harboring-noncitizens-unsanitary-crowded-conditions Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:04 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas North Texas man sentenced for transporting 126 noncitizens inside tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-transporting-126-noncitizens-inside-tractor-trailer Jose Luis Ramos Jr., 46, was sentenced Sept. 7 to 80 months in federal prison. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/north-texas-man-sentenced-transporting-126-noncitizens-inside-tractor-trailer Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:04 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas couple convicted for their role in harboring nearly 100 noncitizens at local hotel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-couple-convicted-their-role-harboring-nearly-100-noncitizens-local-hotel Issac Livan Martinez, 23 and Gina Alexandria Guzman, 26, both from San Juan, Texas were charged with conspiracy and harboring noncitizens at a hotel in Pharr, Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-couple-convicted-their-role-harboring-nearly-100-noncitizens-local-hotel Thu, 09/02/2021 - 07:09 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Mexican national encountered at South Texas border sentenced for possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-encountered-south-texas-border-sentenced-possessing-child Luis Felipe Salazar-Sanchez, 29, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Salazar-Sanchez, a non-U.S. citizen, set to face removal proceedings following completion of his sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-encountered-south-texas-border-sentenced-possessing-child Wed, 09/01/2021 - 07:12 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing, receiving over 22,000 pornographic images https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-14-years-prison-possessing-receiving-over-22000 Robert Andrew Riley, 68, from South Padre Island, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 26, in federal court to 168 months in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-14-years-prison-possessing-receiving-over-22000 Thu, 08/26/2021 - 13:54 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Mexican man sentenced to 20 years for importing nearly $2.4 million through South Texas https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-20-years-importing-nearly-24-million-through-south-texas Hermenegildo Espino-Trejo, 41, was sentenced Aug. 25 in federal court to 240 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court heard additional information including how Espino-Trejo recruited an unwitting truck driver to import a multi-million dollar load of narcotics into the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-sentenced-20-years-importing-nearly-24-million-through-south-texas Wed, 08/25/2021 - 10:22 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Houston man sentenced for firearm smuggling https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-firearm-smuggling Leonel Avalos-Santoyo, 50, was sentenced in U.S. district court to 46 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Avalos-Santoyo pleaded guilty June 6. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-firearm-smuggling Thu, 08/12/2021 - 10:51 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas jury convicts truck driver for smuggling 105 noncitizens inside refrigerated trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-jury-convicts-truck-driver-smuggling-105-noncitizens-inside-refrigerated Christopher Faust, 32, from Sacramento, California, was convicted Aug. 11, in U.S. federal court after a jury deliberated fewer than four hours. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-jury-convicts-truck-driver-smuggling-105-noncitizens-inside-refrigerated Wed, 08/11/2021 - 14:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas defense attorney convicted for assisting known drug traffickers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-defense-attorney-convicted-assisting-known-drug-traffickers Eric S. Jarvis, a licensed criminal defense attorney, pleaded guilty before a U.S. federal judge to using a cellular phone and the PACER database to assist and promote the drug trafficking activities of known drug traffickers since at least July 24, 2017, through May 10. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-defense-attorney-convicted-assisting-known-drug-traffickers Tue, 07/27/2021 - 11:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Texas couple charged with smuggling 89 noncitizens inside trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-couple-charged-smuggling-89-noncitizens-inside-trailer Marc Anthony Bane, 32, from Porter, Texas and Tara Renee Dillon, 33, from Conroe, Texas appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Dos Santos who charged the couple for their role in human smuggling. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-couple-charged-smuggling-89-noncitizens-inside-trailer Thu, 07/22/2021 - 13:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Texas truck driver charged with smuggling 115 noncitizens in refrigerated trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-truck-driver-charged-smuggling-115-noncitizens-refrigerated-trailer A 43-year-old resident of Rosharon is set to make an appearance in Laredo federal court on allegations he attempted to smuggle dozens of undocumented non-citizens, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-truck-driver-charged-smuggling-115-noncitizens-refrigerated-trailer Tue, 07/20/2021 - 14:53 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Mexican man “traveling for work” sentenced to more than 5 years in federal prison for smuggling 48 pounds of methamphetamines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-traveling-work-sentenced-more-5-years-federal-prison-smuggling-48-pounds Fernando Ramirez, 53, from Tamaulipas, Mexico, was sentenced July 13, in federal court to 70 months in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-man-traveling-work-sentenced-more-5-years-federal-prison-smuggling-48-pounds Tue, 07/13/2021 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Houston man sentenced for smuggling 119 noncitizens inside a trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-smuggling-119-noncitizens-inside-trailer Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, was sentenced July 8 in federal court to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. During sentencing, the judge noted that had transported an exceptionally high number of noncitizens in his trailer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-sentenced-smuggling-119-noncitizens-inside-trailer Thu, 07/08/2021 - 13:40 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas 4 gang members charged with sex trafficking underage girls following ICE HSI, local law enforcement investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-gang-members-charged-sex-trafficking-underage-girls-following-ice-hsi-local-law Clarence Chambers, aka Chris, 29, is expected to appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray. Also charged are Javon Opoku, aka Glizzy, 20; Damarquis McGee, aka Lil Blue, 23; and Andres Portillo, aka Andro, 20. Portillo is set for an initial appearance on July 1 at 2 p.m., while McGee and Opoku are set for their initial appearances on July 6 at 10 a.m. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/4-gang-members-charged-sex-trafficking-underage-girls-following-ice-hsi-local-law Tue, 06/29/2021 - 16:42 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Mexican national sentenced in West Texas for attempting to smuggle drugs, firearm into Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-sentenced-west-texas-attempting-smuggle-drugs-firearm-mexico Jose Miguel Lazarin-Zurita pleaded guilty March 5 to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and attempting to export a rifle and several firearm-related accessories without a license to Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/mexican-national-sentenced-west-texas-attempting-smuggle-drugs-firearm-mexico Tue, 06/29/2021 - 08:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sent to prison for claiming to be a federal immigration officer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sent-prison-claiming-be-federal-immigration-officer Rito Salomon Palacios, 53, from Laredo, was sentenced June 24. His sentence is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sent-prison-claiming-be-federal-immigration-officer Thu, 06/24/2021 - 16:37 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Former governor of Mexico’s 3rd largest state sent to prison for money laundering following ICE HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-governor-mexicos-3rd-largest-state-sent-prison-money-laundering-following-ice Jorge Juan Torres-Lopez, 67, a former interim governor of Coahuila, Mexico, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 16, 2020. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-governor-mexicos-3rd-largest-state-sent-prison-money-laundering-following-ice Thu, 06/24/2021 - 13:52 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sentenced for possessing nearly 1,500 pornographic images of minors https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-possessing-nearly-1500-pornographic-images-minors Alvaro Vega-Rodriguez, 27, from Brownsville, was sentenced June 23, in federal court to 78 months in federal prison. He was also ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release and comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. And he will have to register as a sex offender. Vega-Rodriguez pleaded guilty Feb. 4, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-possessing-nearly-1500-pornographic-images-minors Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:33 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man indicted for manufacturing 'ghost guns' destined for Mexican drug cartel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-indicted-manufacturing-ghost-guns-destined-mexican-drug-cartel On June 15, William Scotts Simms, 73, was indicted on three counts for aiding and abetting the attempt to illegally export a silencer, possession of 11 unregistered machine guns and possession of an unregistered silencer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-indicted-manufacturing-ghost-guns-destined-mexican-drug-cartel Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:18 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas 2 soldiers charged with attempting to smuggle noncitizens https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-soldiers-charged-attempting-smuggle-noncitizens Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, and Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, were charged with human smuggling. Saint-Joie is an active duty member of the U.S. Army, while Oppongagyare is a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Both men are stationed at Fort Hood. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-soldiers-charged-attempting-smuggle-noncitizens Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI El Paso-led multi-agency operation results in recovery of 24 missing children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-led-multi-agency-operation-results-recovery-24-missing-children The week-long operation conducted in mid-May is ongoing. The Paseo Del Norte Center of Hope, the El Paso Center for Children Youth Outreach & Housing Division and Drop-in Center also assisted. HSI El Paso-led multi-agency operation results in recovery of 24 missing children , HSI El Paso-led multi-agency operation results in recovery of 24 missing children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-led-multi-agency-operation-results-recovery-24-missing-children Tue, 06/15/2021 - 14:53 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI El Paso investigation results in guilty pleas in mail fraud, aggravated identity theft scheme case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-results-guilty-pleas-mail-fraud-aggravated-identity-theft Wilver Jose Polanco Alvarez, 26, residing in Miami, and Jose Eduardo Gomez Salas, 25, residing in New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Both appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones. Photograph showing Polanco assuming and utilizing different aliases in the form of fraudulent driver’s licenses from Texas , 6 credit cards https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-results-guilty-pleas-mail-fraud-aggravated-identity-theft Mon, 06/07/2021 - 15:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI, CBP El Paso: Drug trafficking networks recruiting smugglers on Facebook https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-el-paso-drug-trafficking-networks-recruiting-smugglers-facebook HSI and CBP, OFO, have identified the increased use of social media platforms such as Facebook, by TCOs, to recruit and facilitate drug smuggling in the El Paso area. The TCOs advertise various jobs such as money couriers for money service businesses such as Casas De Cambio, or money exchange houses, and unsuspecting job seekers reply with their interest to the advertisement. The solicitor, or “recruiter,” will then send a direct message to the job seeker with more information about the job. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), have identified the increased use of social media platforms such as Facebook, by transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), to recruit and facilitate drug smuggling in the El Paso area. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-el-paso-drug-trafficking-networks-recruiting-smugglers-facebook Thu, 06/03/2021 - 14:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Driver of tractor trailer carrying multiple noncitizens charged with human smuggling https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/driver-tractor-trailer-carrying-multiple-noncitizens-charged-human-smuggling Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, was arrested without incident. On Friday, he appeared before a U.S. federal court judge who charged him with smuggling undocumented noncitizens. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/driver-tractor-trailer-carrying-multiple-noncitizens-charged-human-smuggling Wed, 05/12/2021 - 13:58 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas