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Central Texas man sentenced to 188 months in prison for transporting and shipping child pornography

July 20, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Central Texas man sentenced to 188 months in prison for transporting, shipping child pornography DALLAS — A Mesquite, Texas, man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 1/2 years in prison, following his guilty plea to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña, Northern District of Texas. The investigation was conducted by the Mesquite Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jeremy Blackburn, 33, was sentenced July 18 by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 188
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6 arrested in New Jersey for human trafficking

July 20, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

6 arrested in New Jersey for human trafficking TRENTON, N.J. — Six individuals were arrested on human trafficking charges for allegedly operating brothels in Lakewood. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Jose Cruz Romero-Flores, 38, of Lakewood, aka “Chato,” was arrested on charges of first degree human trafficking, second degree promoting organized street crime, and third degree promoting prostitution. Felix Rios-Martinez, 47, and Raul Romero-Castillo, both of Lakewood, were charged with first degree conspiracy
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Jacksonville man indicted on terrorism charges

July 20, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Jacksonville man indicted on terrorism charges JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was indicted Thursday with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. This case was investigated by the FBI’s Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multi-agency task force comprised of full-time personnel from several law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). According to the indictment, Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, devised a plan to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and join Ansar Al-Sharia (AAS), an alias for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and participate in
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Gang member pleads guilty to South San Francisco racketeering triple murder

July 20, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Gang member pleads guilty to South San Francisco racketeering triple murderSlayings involved suspected rival gang members SAN FRANCISCO – A Bay Area gang member has pleaded guilty to 25 federal charges, including three counts of racketeering murder, stemming from a long-term probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) and several local law enforcement agencies. Joseph Ortiz, 23, of South San Francisco, appeared in court Thursday. In addition to the three racketeering murder counts, Ortiz pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted racketeering murder, two counts of robbery affecting
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Bay Area man pleads guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in Mexico

July 20, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Bay Area man pleads guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in MexicoConviction carries 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence SAN FRANCISCO – A previously convicted sex offender faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to a charge resulting from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed he traveled to Mexico to engage in sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl. Gary Hardeman, 58, of San Francisco, admitted to committing a felony offense involving a minor while under
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Former NYPD officer pleads guilty to defrauding immigrants

July 17, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Former NYPD officer pleads guilty to defrauding immigrants NEW YORK – A former New York Police Department officer pleaded guilty to conning immigrants seeking driver’s licenses and immigration assistance out of thousands of dollars Tuesday in Dutchess County Court. The guilty plea follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Wappingers Falls Police Department and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Miguel A. Rodriguez, 53, carried out the scheme while serving as a police officer and a liaison to the Latino community in the Village
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ICE deports convicted arms trafficker to Republic of Georgia

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

ICE deports convicted arms trafficker to Republic of Georgia DALLAS – A Georgian national convicted of conspiring to traffic firearms in 2009 was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Ioseb Kharabadze, 60, was escorted by ERO agents July 12 on a flight to Georgia and turned over to Georgian officials. ERO Dallas encountered Kharabadze at the Dalby Correctional Facility in Post, Texas, Jan. 7. “This removal is the positive result of ICE’s thorough screening of jails and prisons throughout the nation,” said Simona
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Pennsylvania woman charged with producing, distributing sexually explicit images of minor

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Pennsylvania woman charged with producing, distributing sexually explicit images of minor PITTSBURGH – A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly produced, then distributed sexually explicit images of a minor was arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury July 9. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Pennsylvania State Police assisted HSI in the investigation. Lisa A. Renze, 48 of Connellsville, Pa., was arrested and charged Monday with employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose
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4 Atlanta MS-13 gang members convicted on litany of violent offenses

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

4 Atlanta MS-13 gang members convicted on litany of violent offenses ATLANTA – After a four-week trial, a federal jury has convicted four metropolitan Atlanta gang members of committing multiple murders, attempted murders, armed robberies and firearms offenses in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. Miguel Alvarado-Linares, Ernesto Escobar, Dimas Alfaro-Granados, and Jairo Reyna-Ozuna were arrested as part of a multi-agency gang investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Gwinnett County Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Norcross Police Department,
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Idaho man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of 2 children

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Idaho man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of 2 children BOISE, Idaho — A Hazelton man pleaded guilty Monday to producing child pornography, following a multi-state investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Michael Brian Clair, 33, admitted that between July 2012 and January 2013, he coerced two prepubescent minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct, and transported those images from Arizona to Idaho in late December. Clair also admitted distributing child pornography to others
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2 New Jersey men arrested on cocaine charges

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

2 New Jersey men arrested on cocaine charges NEWARK, N.J. — An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Ocean County Prosecutors Office and the Lakewood Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two men for possession of cocaine. Perla Gabriel-Sanchez, 29, and Alejandro Camacho-Perez, 33, both of Lakewood, were arrested Thursday for possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Both individuals face New Jersey state charges. According to court documents, law enforcement seized more than 150 grams of
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Rwandan national sentenced to 10 years for fraudulently obtaining citizenship

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Rwandan national sentenced to 10 years for fraudulently obtaining citizenshipConcealed her involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide CONCORD, N.H. – A federal judge sentenced a Manchester woman Monday on two counts of procuring citizenship unlawfully. The sentence follows an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). This case marks the first such conviction in the United States for concealing one’s personal participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. District Court Judge Stephen J. McAuliffe sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the charge
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Former Missouri police officer sent to prison for child pornography

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Former Missouri police officer sent to prison for child pornography ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former police officer was sentenced Monday to 7 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, District of New Mexico. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bronx District Attorney’s NYPD Squad, and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (NMAGO), with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department. James Carney Ritterhoff, 40, of
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Southern California man sentenced to 10 years in prison for soliciting sex from a child on the Internet

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Southern California man sentenced to 10 years in prison for soliciting sex from a child on the Internet CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison following his conviction for soliciting a child for sex through the Internet, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. The investigation was conducted by Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (CCPD-ICAC) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jeffrey Todd Howard, 34, was sentenced to 120
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Massachusetts man charged with selling fake semiconductors

July 16, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Massachusetts man charged with selling fake semiconductorsParts intended for use on nuclear submarines BOSTON — A Massachusetts man has been charged with importing counterfeit semiconductors from China for sale in the United States. The charges follow a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Peter Picone, 40, of Methuen, has been charged with importing counterfeit semiconductors from China for sale in the United States. The eight-count indictment charges Picone with conspiring
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255 child predators arrested, 61 victims identified during Operation iGuardian

July 15, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

255 child predators arrested, 61 victims identified during Operation iGuardianPhotos and b-roll available at http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/ICE WASHINGTON — Two hundred and fifty-five child predators were arrested and 61 victims of child sexual exploitation identified during a five-week operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces across the United States and its territories. Operation iGuardian, which ran May 28 to June 30, was a surge operation conducted as part of HSI’s Operation Predator to identify and rescue victims of online
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Pennsylvania man sentenced for possessing child pornography

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Pennsylvania man sentenced for possessing child pornography JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A Johnstown resident was sentenced to 42 months in prison Thursday for possessing child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Douglas Teeter, 37, will also serve 15 years of supervised release following the completion of his federal prison sentence. According to information presented at court, Teeter was identified as part of an ongoing HSI operation to identify people downloading child pornography from the Internet. HSI, with assistance from the Johnstown Police
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Southern Arizona man sentenced to 20 years for meth trafficking

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Southern Arizona man sentenced to 20 years for meth trafficking PHOENIX — A southern Arizona man convicted of serving as the transportation coordinator of a methamphetamine distribution ring operating in the Southwest was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, following a multi-agency probe led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Indalecio Castro-Ponce, 40, of San Luis, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. In addition to the prison term, Castro-Ponce was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine. In April, a federal jury found
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Media Advisory: ICE to announce results of international task force operation to arrest child sex predators and identify victims

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Monday, July 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. EDT ICE headquarters 500 12th St., SW First Floor Washington, D.C. Source Article from http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1307/130712washingtondc.htmMedia Advisory: ICE to announce results of international task force operation to arrest child sex predators and identify victimshttp://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1307/130712washingtondc.htmhttp://www.ice.gov/exec/rss_feed.htm?limit=26&month=all&year=all&category=02&state=all&topic=allICE Breaking News ICE Breaking News

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US and Mexico resume interior repatriation initiative

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

US and Mexico resume interior repatriation initiative EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior announced Thursday the continuation of the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI), a joint agreement between the governments of the United States and Mexico to provide humane, safe and orderly repatriation of Mexican nationals. The goal of the IRI, which began as a pilot program in 2012 and was signed as a permanent initiative April 18, is to return Mexican nationals to the interior of Mexico. Having this framework
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2 Pennsylvania residents charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

2 Pennsylvania residents charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance SCRANTON, Pa. — Two Pennsylvania residents who allegedly conspired to distribute bath salts were arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a federal grand jury July 9. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pennsylvania State Police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the West Pittston Police Department, the Jenkins Township Police Department and the Pittston City Police Department. Todd Morgans, 34, and Christine Policare, 20, both of West Pittston, were charged by
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Minnesota man pleads guilty to transporting a minor for prostitution

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Minnesota man pleads guilty to transporting a minor for prostitution MINNEAPOLIS — A suburban Twin Cities man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to transporting a minor to engage in prostitution. This guilty plea is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Napoleon Long, Jr., 27, of Fridley, Minn., pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. In his plea agreement,
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Weston man indicted for production, possession of child pornography

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Weston man indicted for production, possession of child pornography MIAMI — A Weston man was indicted Tuesday for production and possession of child pornography. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Edler, 48, has been charged with three counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. According to documents filed with the court, in February, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) requested the assistance of
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Former soldier sentenced to 50 years for videotaped rape of 6-year-old girl

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Former soldier sentenced to 50 years for rape of 6-year-old girl NASHVILLE — A former soldier was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to two state charges that he raped a 6-year-old girl in Montgomery County in 2008. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division. 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
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Jury convicts Texas inmate of methamphetamine trafficking

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Jury convicts Texas inmate of methamphetamine trafficking CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Brownsville, Texas man was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury of drug trafficking in a conspiracy that involved gang leadership both inside and outside the Texas prison system, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. These convictions are the result of an ongoing joint investigation dubbed “Operation Prison Cell” led by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
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Sarasota businessman pleads guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns for illegal aliens

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Sarasota businessman pleads guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns for illegal aliens TAMPA, Fla. — A Sarasota man pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of fraudulent tax returns. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Sarasota Police Department. According to the plea agreement, Fernando Torres, 41, operated a tax preparation business in Sarasota. Torres’ business catered mostly to individuals who were
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Colombian drug kingpin extradited to US following HSI, DEA investigation

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Colombian drug kingpin extradited to US following HSI, DEA investigation NEW YORK — After spending years in hiding, the Colombian leader of a cocaine trafficking conspiracy responsible for manufacturing hundreds of tons of cocaine annually in Colombia, trafficking it to various parts of the world, including the United States, and laundering tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from that narcotics trafficking activity was extradited to the United States Tuesday. Daniel Barrera Barrera, aka Loco, 44, was arrested following an international law enforcement operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
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Saudi princess arrested in Orange County on state human trafficking charge

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Saudi princess arrested in Orange County on state human trafficking chargeDefendant allegedly held Kenyan domestic servant against her will SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Saudi princess is being held on $5 million dollars bond following her arrest in Orange County early Wednesday on a state human trafficking charge for allegedly holding a Kenyan domestic worker against her will. Meshael Alayban, 42, is accused of one felony count of human trafficking and faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted. She is slated to be arraigned Thursday. In the
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Northeast Florida man arrested for selling counterfeit goods

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Northeast Florida man arrested for selling counterfeit goods JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A northeast Florida man was arrested at his home Tuesday on state charges of possessing counterfeit products and selling counterfeit products. The arrest followed a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. An HSI special agent began investigating Tyrone Pierre Lewis, 29, in April 2012 for trafficking in counterfeit goods. Since then, HSI special agents warned Lewis on three occasions to cease and desist from importing counterfeit
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ICE deports El Salvadoran man wanted for murder and kidnapping

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

ICE deports El Salvadoran man wanted for murder and kidnapping DALLAS — A Salvadoran man wanted for a 2009 murder and for his membership in the MS-13 gang was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This removal is the latest result of stepped up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice. Angel Interiano-Calderon, aka El Capo de Vegas, 29, was flown to El Salvador July 5 onboard a charter flight
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25 charged in Alaska Medicaid fraud scheme

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

25 charged in Alaska Medicaid fraud schemeDefendants include providers and recipients ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Federal and state officials Tuesday announced the filing of Medicaid fraud charges against 25 Anchorage-area personal care attendants and Medicaid recipients. Prosecutors allege the scheme involved billing Medicaid for more than $300,000 in personal care attendant services that were never provided. According to court records, Good Faith Services, LLC, which furnishes personal care, transportation and care coordination services to eligible Medicaid beneficiaries, provided kickbacks to participating Medicaid recipients. Prosecutors say in some instances Good Faith billed for
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Arkansas man sentenced to 60 years for sexually exploiting 2 teenage girls

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Arkansas man sentenced to 60 years for sexually exploiting 2 teenage girls FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas man was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to producing child pornography of two 13-year-old girls. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. According to court documents, James Hanna, 67, was arrested after a concerned parent contacted local law enforcement in August 2012 to report that Hanna had sexually assaulted two girls. After
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Jury convicts longtime fugitive for marijuana smuggling

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Jury convicts longtime fugitive for marijuana smuggling MCALLEN, Texas — A Cuban national was found guilty Tuesday for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a subsequent charge of failure to appear, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Alexis Estevez-Alvarez, 45, of Havana, Cuba, was originally charged in 2003, released on bond and scheduled for trial Oct. 3, 2003 before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane.
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Authorities seize nearly a ton of marijuana in southern Arizona stash house

July 13, 2013 in General News, US Border Protection by

Authorities seize nearly a ton of marijuana in southern Arizona stash house NOGALES, Ariz. — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) interdicted a large drug smuggling attempt Monday, seizing nearly a ton of marijuana from a stash house in Rio Rico. During the course of a drug smuggling investigation, members of the HSI-led Santa Cruz County High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) Investigative Task Force developed information Monday that a residence in Rio Rico was being used as a staging area for smuggled drugs. Task force members,
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