ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:29:55 -0400 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 Former West Texas firefighter pleads guilty to possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography Jeremy Lee Barrera, 36, former firefighter with the Odessa Fire Department (OFD), admitted in federal court he used his cell phone on the OFD network to access an online chat room where several videos, which depicted child pornography, were posted. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Former West Texas firefighter pleads guilty to possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas attorney pleads guilty to bribery scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-attorney-pleads-guilty-bribery-scheme On April 27, Roel Alaniz, 40, from Weslaco, Texas, entered his guilty pleas in U.S. district court. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-attorney-pleads-guilty-bribery-scheme Tue, 04/27/2021 - 16:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE El Paso removes Mexican man convicted of felony drug charge https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-el-paso-removes-mexican-man-convicted-felony-drug-charge Felix-Eduardo Gomez-Hernandez, 32, a Mexican citizen, was removed at the Stanton Street Bridge in downtown El Paso. Gomez-Hernandez was considered a threat to public safety and an ICE enforcement priority due to an aggravated felony conviction for manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine. Felix-Eduardo Gomez-Hernandez https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-el-paso-removes-mexican-man-convicted-felony-drug-charge Mon, 04/26/2021 - 16:33 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas West Texas investigation results in 60-year sentence in child exploitation case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case Alvaro Castillo, 64, a retired telecommunications network engineer of Englewood, Colorado, was convicted by a federal jury Nov. 18, 2020, of three counts of production of child pornography; one count of attempted production of child pornography; one count of transportation of child pornography; and one count of possession of child pornography. West Texas investigation results in 60-year sentence in child exploitation case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case Mon, 04/26/2021 - 14:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Texas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography Timothy Lynn Vandeventer, 55, was sentenced in the Northern District of Texas for receipt of Child Pornography on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. He pled guilty in Nov. 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide back to his home country https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-fugitive-wanted-homicide-back-his-home-country ERO officers turned over Francisco Javier Duran-Torres, 37, a citizen of Mexico, to Mexican authorities at the Lincoln Juarez Port of Entry #2 in Laredo without incident. ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide back to his home country , ICE removes Mexican fugitive wanted for homicide back to his home country https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-fugitive-wanted-homicide-back-his-home-country Wed, 04/21/2021 - 09:38 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas El Paso man sentenced to more than 3 years for assaulting child on Indian reservation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/el-paso-man-sentenced-more-3-years-assaulting-child-indian-reservation Roberto Martinez, 28, also was ordered to be placed on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term. Gavel https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/el-paso-man-sentenced-more-3-years-assaulting-child-indian-reservation Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:20 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI El Paso returns more than 500 pre-Hispanic era artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-returns-more-500-pre-hispanic-era-artifacts-mexico The pieces include stone arrowheads, knife blades and tools that were illegally imported into the United States from Mexico and offered for sale. The pre-Hispanic period refers to the time before the Spanish conquests in the Western Hemisphere. (Left to right): Paul J. Jarrett, program manager for HSI Cultural Property, Art & Antiquities; F. Gus Sánchez, superintendent of Chamizal National Memorial; Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León, Mexican consul general in El Paso, Texas; Erik P. Breitzke, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso; and Eric S. Cohen, consul general of the United States in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. , HSI El Paso returns more than 500 pre-Hispanic era artifacts to Mexico , HSI El Paso returns more than 500 pre-Hispanic era artifacts to Mexico , HSI El Paso returns more than 500 pre-Hispanic era artifacts to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-returns-more-500-pre-hispanic-era-artifacts-mexico Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Central Texas man indicted for transporting 8 noncitizens who died in vehicle crash https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/central-texas-man-indicted-transporting-8-noncitizens-who-died-vehicle-crash Sebastian Tovar, 24, was indicted on multiple counts, which included conspiracy to transport noncitizens resulting in death and conspiracy to transport noncitizens resulting in serious bodily injury. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/central-texas-man-indicted-transporting-8-noncitizens-who-died-vehicle-crash Wed, 04/14/2021 - 09:53 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas ICE removes Indonesian man convicted of fraud tied to international counterfeit wine scam https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-indonesian-man-convicted-fraud-tied-international-counterfeit-wine-scam Rudy Kurniawan, 44, unlawfully present in the United States, was removed to his home country on a commercial flight. ICE deportation officers witnessed his departure from the country on a flight that departed the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang City, Bann, Indonesia, on Friday. Rudy Kurniawan https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-indonesian-man-convicted-fraud-tied-international-counterfeit-wine-scam Tue, 04/13/2021 - 14:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas 7th member of MS-13 criminal enterprise indicted for murder https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7th-member-ms-13-criminal-enterprise-indicted-murder Carlos Elias Henriquez-Torres, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national who illegally resided in Houston, was indicted on March 31, for conspiracy and murder in aid of racketeering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/7th-member-ms-13-criminal-enterprise-indicted-murder Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:49 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Texas man pleads guilty to conspiring to transport more than 100 noncitizens in a tractor trailer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-transport-more-100-noncitizens-tractor-trailer Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, from Houston, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-pleads-guilty-conspiring-transport-more-100-noncitizens-tractor-trailer Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:01 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI Dallas seizes $1.3M in counterfeit goods at the World’s Largest Flea Market https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-dallas-seizes-13m-counterfeit-goods-worlds-largest-flea-market Over 1,000 items were confiscated, including several boxes of luxury designer goods such as high-end purses, caps, shoes and sunglasses. Over 1,000 items were confiscated, including several boxes of luxury designer goods such as high-end purses, caps, shoes and sunglasses. , Over 1,000 items were confiscated, including several boxes of luxury designer goods such as high-end purses, caps, shoes and sunglasses. , Over 1,000 items were confiscated, including several boxes of luxury designer goods such as high-end purses, caps, shoes and sunglasses. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-dallas-seizes-13m-counterfeit-goods-worlds-largest-flea-market Tue, 04/06/2021 - 11:21 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for attempting to export firearms, ammunition to Mexico https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-attempting-export-firearms-ammunition Juan Antonio Cepeda, 48, from Laredo, was sentenced March 25 in federal court to 41 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, a U.S. district judge noted Cepeda had a lengthy criminal history and a long struggle with drug addiction. Cepeda pleaded guilty Jan. 4. Gavel Stock Photo https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-attempting-export-firearms-ammunition Thu, 03/25/2021 - 14:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas man faces 15 years in prison for possessing over 1,000 videos and images of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-faces-15-years-prison-possessing-over-1000-videos-and-images-child Chance Wallace, 47, from Brownsville, was ordered to serve 15 years in federal prison to be followed by eight years of supervised released. South Texas man faces 15 years in prison for possessing over 1,000 videos and images of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-man-faces-15-years-prison-possessing-over-1000-videos-and-images-child Thu, 03/25/2021 - 12:04 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Former Mexican governor, presidential candidate convicted of money laundering after accepting more than $3.5 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-mexican-governor-presidential-candidate-convicted-money-laundering-after Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, 64, who has been in federal custody since 2018, pleaded guilty in U.S. district court. He admitted to conspiracy to commit money laundering in a pay-to-play type of scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-mexican-governor-presidential-candidate-convicted-money-laundering-after Thu, 03/25/2021 - 10:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas HSI Laredo probe results in more than 5-year sentence of convicted felon for harboring noncitizens, possessing firearm https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-laredo-probe-results-more-5-year-sentence-convicted-felon-harboring-noncitizens Noe Garza, 46, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced March 24 in U.S. district court to 63 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 2, 2020. HSI Laredo probe results in more than 5-year sentence of convicted felon for harboring noncitizens, possessing firearm https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-laredo-probe-results-more-5-year-sentence-convicted-felon-harboring-noncitizens Wed, 03/24/2021 - 12:04 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas Austin man charged in connection to the deaths of 8 undocumented immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/austin-man-charged-connection-deaths-8-undocumented-immigrants On March 17, Sebastian Tovar, 24, from Austin appeared in federal court and was charged for his role in a conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants resulting in death. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/austin-man-charged-connection-deaths-8-undocumented-immigrants Wed, 03/17/2021 - 13:09 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas South Texas weapons straw purchaser sentenced to more than 3 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-weapons-straw-purchaser-sentenced-more-3-years-prison Clarence McFarland, 40, from San Antonio, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. McFarland pleaded guilty Oct. 1, 2020 to conspiracy to make false statement during the purchasing of multiple firearms. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-weapons-straw-purchaser-sentenced-more-3-years-prison Wed, 03/17/2021 - 12:07 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Texas