ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by State en Copyright 2020 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 18:04:54 -0500 Wed, 25 Jan 2023 17:44:14 -0500 HSI Washington, D.C. investigation leads to convictions for 4 men who engaged in online child sexual exploitation enterprise https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-leads-convictions-4-men-who-engaged-online-child A federal court convicted Christopher William Kuehner, 38, of Bremerton, Washington, Tuesday, while co-defendants, Jacob Royce Mullins, 20, of South Webster, Ohio; Kyle William Leishear, 43, of Bayonet Point, Florida; and Matthew Martin, 25, of Lancaster, Wisconsin pleaded guilty to their roles in the enterprise. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-leads-convictions-4-men-who-engaged-online-child Wed, 25 Jan 2023 17:44:14 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Richmond investigation lands Houston resident in prison for narcotics, money laundering offenses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-richmond-investigation-lands-houston-resident-prison-narcotics-money-laundering Hector Ruiz, 30, received the four-and-a-half-year sentence Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for his part in a multistate drug trafficking conspiracy with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-richmond-investigation-lands-houston-resident-prison-narcotics-money-laundering Fri, 20 Jan 2023 13:57:02 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Joint HSI, DOD investigation lands Virginia attorney in federal prison for tax fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-hsi-dod-investigation-lands-virginia-attorney-federal-prison-tax-fraud Nosuk Kim, 61, of Newport News, was sentenced to 52 months in prison Jan. 5 and ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for evading the assessment of her 2015- and 2016-income tax returns. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/joint-hsi-dod-investigation-lands-virginia-attorney-federal-prison-tax-fraud Mon, 09 Jan 2023 14:17:21 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Norfolk investigation leads to sexual abuse conviction of Virginia church youth group leader https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-leads-sexual-abuse-conviction-virginia-church-youth-group Charles Willoughby III, 39, who served as a youth group leader at New Life Worship Center in Norfolk, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for his offenses. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-leads-sexual-abuse-conviction-virginia-church-youth-group Wed, 14 Dec 2022 13:55:06 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Norfolk investigation results in indictments for 4 in connection with labor trafficking, forced labor at Virginia laundry facility https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-results-indictments-4-connection-labor-trafficking-forced According to the investigation, Ana Patricia Landaverde, 47, of Williamsburg, Virginia; Jeffrey Dean Vaughan, 64, of Williamsburg, Virginia; and George William Evans, 68, of Midlothian, Virginia engaged in a conspiracy to harbor, transport and benefit from employing undocumented noncitizens at their commercial laundry business, Northstar Holdings of Virginia, LLC, d/b/a Magnolia Cleaning Services, LLC. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-results-indictments-4-connection-labor-trafficking-forced Mon, 12 Dec 2022 13:32:33 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Washington, D.C. investigation results in lengthy sentence for Fairfax man convicted of attempted production and possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-results-lengthy-sentence-fairfax-man-convicted Brian Scott McGalem, 24, received the lengthy sentence on Wednesday for attempted production of and possession of child sexual abuse material. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-results-lengthy-sentence-fairfax-man-convicted Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:26:17 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/george-mason-university-hackathon-winners-unveil-solutions-fight-global For more than two decades, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), working collaboratively with industry and brand owners, has led the effort in the government's response to prevent intellectual property theft, and has played a significant role policing the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods on websites, social media, and eCommerce marketplaces. George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting , George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting , George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting , George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting , George Mason University hackathon winners unveil solutions to fight global counterfeiting https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/george-mason-university-hackathon-winners-unveil-solutions-fight-global Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:22:53 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Washington, D.C. investigation leads to guilty plea for production, possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-production-possession-child According to the investigation, from at least Dec. 11, 2018 through April 8, 2019, Chad Michael Lehofer, 37, of Fredericksburg, repeatedly engaged in sexually explicit discussions with a minor online – including enticing and coercing the minor to produce sexually explicit pictures and videos. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-investigation-leads-guilty-plea-production-possession-child Mon, 24 Oct 2022 17:00:19 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Norfolk investigation lands drug trafficker 135 months in federal prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-lands-drug-trafficker-135-months-federal-prison Joel A. Duran, 53, was sentenced Oct. 20 to 135 months confinement for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-norfolk-investigation-lands-drug-trafficker-135-months-federal-prison Fri, 21 Oct 2022 13:09:41 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI Washington, DC-led investigation lands Ohio woman in prison for 15 years for production, distribution of child sexual abuse material https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-led-investigation-lands-ohio-woman-prison-15-years-production An investigation led by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. field office resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for an Ohio woman for production and distribution of child sexual abuse material. Ashley Kolhoff, 22, of Port Clinton, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, July 12. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-washington-dc-led-investigation-lands-ohio-woman-prison-15-years-production Fri, 15 Jul 2022 15:54:37 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia HSI-led investigation leads to 25-year prison sentence for sexual exploitation of children by US Navy service member https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-leads-25-year-prison-sentence-sexual-exploitation-children-us According to the HSI investigation, Travis James Muckelroy, 27, used a social media platform to develop online relationships with children. On various occasions in April and September of 2021, Muckelroy instructed a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl to send him nude photographs or recordings of themselves engaging in sexual acts. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-led-investigation-leads-25-year-prison-sentence-sexual-exploitation-children-us Mon, 13 Jun 2022 08:43:03 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia ICE HSI Norfolk and CBP seize 16.5 pounds of cocaine from vessel in Port of Norfolk, Virginia https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-norfolk-and-cbp-seize-165-pounds-cocaine-vessel-port-norfolk-virginia The seizure was part of a joint operation headed by HSI Norfolk’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) and CBP's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team. An agent from HSI Norfolk’s BEST investigates a vessel at Port of Norfolk, Virginia.   , Seven bricks of cocaine totaling 16.5 pounds discovered by HSI and CBP during a vessel inspection on March 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-norfolk-and-cbp-seize-165-pounds-cocaine-vessel-port-norfolk-virginia Wed, 16 Mar 2022 11:46:10 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Former medical student sentenced for online sextortion scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-medical-student-sentenced-online-sextortion-scheme According to court documents, HSI and VBPD first identified Marco Viscomi, 36, of Ontario, in 2012 after a father of two girls, who were 13 and 17 years old at the time, reported to VBPD that his daughters had been sexually extorted by someone they met online. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-medical-student-sentenced-online-sextortion-scheme Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:25:09 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Ringleader of fentanyl, heroin trafficking network with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel sentenced https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ringleader-fentanyl-heroin-trafficking-network-ties-sinaloa-cartel-sentenced According to court documents, Ramiro Ramirez-Barreto, 44, from the Mexican State of Morelos, operated a criminal enterprise with ties to Virginia, North Carolina and California. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ringleader-fentanyl-heroin-trafficking-network-ties-sinaloa-cartel-sentenced Mon, 12 Jul 2021 13:39:41 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Sinaloa cartel-linked fentanyl and heroin traffickers plead guilty, sentenced in Operation Cookout https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sinaloa-cartel-linked-fentanyl-and-heroin-traffickers-plead-guilty-sentenced According to court documents, Ramiro Ramirez-Barreto, 44, from the Mexican State of Morelos, operated a continuing criminal enterprise with ties to Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and California. Ramirez-Barreto was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, as were his drug sources. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sinaloa-cartel-linked-fentanyl-and-heroin-traffickers-plead-guilty-sentenced Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:04:22 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Guatemalan national sentenced to 21 months for illegal reentry following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-national-sentenced-21-months-illegal-reentry-following-ice-investigation According to court documents, Diego Tino-Calvo, 45, illegally entered the United States for the first time in 1998. Since then, he has illegally reentered the country at least 14 times and has twice been convicted of illegal reentry – once in 2011 and another time in 2017 – in two separate federal courts. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/guatemalan-national-sentenced-21-months-illegal-reentry-following-ice-investigation Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:30:45 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia ICE HSI, ERO arrest murder suspect in central Virginia https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-ero-arrest-murder-suspect-central-virginia Demetrio Ignacio-Flores, a 38-year-old illegally present Mexican national, is wanted in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the 2010 murder of his wife. HSI Richmond received information indicating Ignacio-Flores was residing in the Richmond-area under an assumed identity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-ero-arrest-murder-suspect-central-virginia Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:45:45 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Air Force colonel sentenced to prison for child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/air-force-colonel-sentenced-prison-child-pornography According to court documents and admissions made in connection to his plea agreement, Colonel Mark Visconi, 48, of Fairfax, received and attempted to receive child pornography through the Internet. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/air-force-colonel-sentenced-prison-child-pornography Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:15:45 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia ICE HSI Norfolk sees spike in FY 2019 criminal arrests https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-norfolk-sees-spike-fy-2019-criminal-arrests In FY 2019, HSI Norfolk, as the federal law enforcement lead of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force, also continued its efforts to combat human trafficking in the region. In FY 2019, the task force made 36 arrests, prosecuted 11 cases and identified 48 victims. HSI uses a victim-centered approach in its trafficking investigations, where equal value is placed on the identification and stabilization of victims as the prosecution of the traffickers. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-norfolk-sees-spike-fy-2019-criminal-arrests Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:30:00 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia ICE continues to target public safety threats, nets 23 arrests in central VA https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-continues-target-public-safety-threats-nets-23-arrests-central-va Arrests took place in the following cities: Richmond (13), Henrico (3), Chester (2), North Chesterfield (2), Chesterfield (1), Petersburg (1), and Hanover (1). ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all assisted ICE officers during the week. ICE continues to target public safety threats, nets 23 arrests in central VA https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-continues-target-public-safety-threats-nets-23-arrests-central-va Wed, 27 Nov 2019 11:15:30 -0500 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia ICE removes 121 to El Salvador, including 10 arrested during Operation No Safe Haven V https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-121-el-salvador-including-10-arrested-during-operation-no-safe-haven-v Those arrested during the operation are implicated in numerous human rights violations against civilians, including the capture, arrest and/or transport of civilians who were subsequently mistreated, and in some cases, beaten, electrocuted and killed. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-121-el-salvador-including-10-arrested-during-operation-no-safe-haven-v Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:15:30 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Operation Cookout indictment charges 39 defendants in heroin and fentanyl trafficking conspiracy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/operation-cookout-indictment-charges-39-defendants-heroin-and-fentanyl-trafficking In addition to the arrests, law enforcement seized 24 firearms, 30 kilograms of fentanyl, 30 kilograms of heroin, 5 kilograms of cocaine, and over $700,000 in cash during the three-day takedown. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/operation-cookout-indictment-charges-39-defendants-heroin-and-fentanyl-trafficking Thu, 29 Aug 2019 08:45:15 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia South Carolina teacher pleads guilty to distributing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-carolina-teacher-pleads-guilty-distributing-child-pornography According to court documents, Eric Hartley, 37, of Fort Hill, used various internet applications, including Kik and Dropbox, to send and receive child pornography. One of the individuals with whom Hartley traded child pornography was Jeramy Routh, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute child pornography in May. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-carolina-teacher-pleads-guilty-distributing-child-pornography Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:15:15 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Violent felon guilty of illegally entering the US for a fifth time https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/violent-felon-guilty-illegally-entering-us-fifth-time According to court documents, Jose Edgardo Diaz-Ramos, 36, is a native and citizen of Honduras. Prior to his previous removal, Diaz-Ramos was convicted of a violent felony in California of willful infliction of corporal injury on a spouse. In 2014, after serving a sentence of six years in prison, Diaz-Ramos was deported at taxpayer expense for a fourth time. Sometime thereafter, Diaz-Ramos illegally reentered the United States again. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/violent-felon-guilty-illegally-entering-us-fifth-time Thu, 09 May 2019 07:15:45 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia Seventh guilty plea in gas pump skimming fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seventh-guilty-plea-gas-pump-skimming-fraud-scheme According to court documents, Timurbek Khasanov, 38, participated in a scheme that involved at least six other individuals. The scheme was carried out by attaching electronic devices known as “skimmers” to gas pump payment systems – which collected the information captured when unwitting customers swiped their payment cards at the compromised gas pumps – and then encoding the stolen card numbers onto physical payment cards. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seventh-guilty-plea-gas-pump-skimming-fraud-scheme Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:00:00 -0400 ICE Headline News Feed by State - Virginia