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    I.C.E. and C.B.P. News Releases 2/11/19

    I.C.E. News Releases


    02/08/2019

    TAMPA, FL

    HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING


    ICE Tampa announces human trafficking awareness campaign
    ICE's HSI office partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor on a Tampa Bay area human trafficking awareness outreach campaign utilizing billboards across the region.



    02/08/2019

    LOS ANGELES, CA



    CONTRABAND


    US and Australian authorities intercept 1.7 tons of methamphetamine bound for Australia from Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport
    The drugs, which consisted of three containers targeted for inspection, were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport by officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on January 11 – intercepting the shipment before it could reach Australian shores.



    02/08/2019

    PHOENIX, AZ



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    Phoenix ERO repatriates Guatemalan national wanted for homicide
    Funes-Herrera, 52, came into ICE custody Sept. 5, 2018, after apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol. At that time, he was detained, and placed into removal proceedings.



    02/08/2019

    FORT WORTH, TX



    NATIONAL SECURITY


    North Texas man charged with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization
    Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, was charged Feb. 8 by criminal complaint with conspiring to provide material support and resources to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization.




    02/07/2019

    BOSTON, MA



    HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING


    ICE HSI Boston special agent leads presentation at large anti-human trafficking networking, education event in western Massachusetts
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston Special Agent Michael Morizio was the featured presenterat a well-attended Feb. 5, anti-human trafficking professionals networking and education event hosted by the western Massachusetts division of the Office of the Massachusetts State Attorney General, which focused on effective practices in the identificationand combatting of human trafficking in Springfield. Massachusetts.



    02/07/2019

    HOUSTON, TX



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    Honduran child sex offender charged in Houston with illegally re-entering US
    Marvin Yovani Mejia-Ramos – aka Martin Jose Romos-Ramirez, aka Ricardo Rodriguez-Morales – 50, an illegal alien from Honduras who has used multiple aliases and countries of origin, was charged Feb. 6 with illegal re-entry by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.



    02/06/2019

    WASHINGTON, DC



    HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS


    ICE, DOJ recognize International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
    Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a federal crime, and any involvement in committing this crime is a serious human rights violation which may result in imprisonment and potential removal from the United States. Individuals suspected of FGM/C, including sending girls overseas to be cut, may be investigated by the HRVWCC and prosecuted accordingly.



    02/05/2019

    SCRANTON, PA



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Pennsylvania man sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for receiving child pornography
    Michael Portanova, age 28, admitted that he used his cell phone to receive images and videos of child pornography, using a file-sharing network on the internet between August 2017 and Oct. 30, 2017, in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.




    02/01/2019

    LOS ANGELES, CA



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    One of ICE's "most wanted" aliens indicted for illegally re-entering the US following deportation
    Santos Moreira, 46, a citizen of Belize illegally present in the United States, was found in Los Angeles County on November 2, 2015, according to an indictment returned against him on January 25 by a federal grand jury.



    02/01/2019

    CHICAGO, IL



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Chicago-area musician pleads guilty to enticing underage girls to produce sexually explicit videos
    Austin Jones, 26, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.



    02/01/2019

    TULSA, OK



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Former Oklahoma teacher admits creating sexually violent images of children using photographs downloaded from Facebook
    At the plea hearing, Jerry Matthew Berry admitted to producing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and distributing child pornography in 2017 and 2018. Cyber Crimes detectives from Tulsa Police Department and HSI special agents discovered Berry’s illicit activities during a peer-to-peer file-sharing undercover investigation.



    01/31/2019

    SANTA ANA, CA



    DOCUMENT AND BENEFIT FRAUD


    Federal prosecutors unseal indictments naming 19 people linked to Chinese 'birth tourism' schemes that helped thousands of aliens give birth in US to secure birthright citizenship for their children
    The indictments charge operators and clients of three “maternity house” or “birthing house” schemes that were dismantled in March 2015 when federal agents executed 35 search warrants, which resulted from international undercover operations.




    01/31/2019

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Indiana high school swim coach sentenced to nearly 17 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting student athlete
    John Goelz, 30, exploited his position of trust and authority with one of his student athletes, a minor, for his own sexual gratification.



    01/31/2019

    MUSKOGEE, OK



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Oklahoma man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography
    Ryan Edward Offineer, 41, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, 15 years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay $8,500 in restitution to the victim(s) for possessing child pornography.



    01/31/2019

    PHOENIX, AZ



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE removes Honduran national wanted for homicide in his home country
    Rigoberto Calderon-Villeda, 26, came into ICE custody July 30, 2018, after apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol. At that time, he was detained for illegal entry, and placed into removal proceedings.



    01/31/2019

    ATLANTA, GA



    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS


    ICE, CBP operation nets over $24 million in fake sports-related merchandise
    Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, Atlanta police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.




    01/30/2019

    DETROIT, MI



    STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM


    8 individuals indicted for exploiting the US student visa system
    Charged in the indictments were: Barath Kakireddy, 29, of Lake Mary; Suresh Kandala, 31, of Culpeper; Phanideep Karnati, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky; Prem Rampeesa, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Santosh Sama, 28, of Fremont, California; Avinash Thakkallapally, 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Aswanth Nune, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Naveen Prathipati, 26, of Dallas, Texas.



    01/30/2019

    NEW YORK, NY



    FINANCIAL CRIMES


    ICE HSI arrest 2 for fraud targeting actors and others
    Thomas Irigoyen and Nicholas Ofei Cofie were charged with conspiring to commit wire and mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud actors in New York City and elsewhere. Irigoyen was arrested in California and will be presented today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Central District of California, and Cofie was arrested in New York City and presented in federal court in Manhattan.



    01/29/2019

    NEW YORK, NY



    ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL


    ICE arrests 118 during Operation Cross Check in New York
    During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 118 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, more than 107 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 55 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.



    01/28/2019

    ADDISON, IL



    FIREARMS, AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES


    Chicago-area man sentenced to 7 years for unlawfully possessing fully automatic weapons, grenades in a storage locker
    Juan A. Mexicano, 33, of Addison, Illinois, was sentenced Friday to seven years imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections. On Aug. 24, 2018, he pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of unlawfully using a weapon. In December 2018, he was also sentenced in California to more than 11 years in federal prison on a related cocaine trafficking conviction.




    01/28/2019

    NEW YORK, NY



    FINANCIAL CRIMES


    Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei and Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng charged with financial fraud
    Huawei and Skycom are charged with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate and substantive violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of New York. Meng is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.



    01/25/2019

    FARGO, ND



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    Previously convicted Las Vegas sex offender sentenced in North Dakota to 45 years in federal prison for sexually abusing infant
    Bryan James Hogle, 43, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 45 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Hogle also has a prior conviction for sexually abusing a child in New Hampshire in 2008.



    01/17/2019

    LOS ANGELES, CA



    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS


    Los Angeles-area electronics distributor pleads guilty to selling counterfeit integrated circuits with military and commercial uses
    Rogelio Vasquez, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit military goods, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, and one count of wire fraud.



    12/21/2018

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM



    WORKSITE ENFORCEMENT


    Albuquerque business teams up with ICE to become 'IMAGE' partner
    New Mexico Emergency Products (NMEP), an emergency vehicle up-fitter and fleet management company, joined ICE’s employment-compliance program — a voluntary partnership that helps employers maintain a lawful workforce, and reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents.




    12/21/2018

    TAMPA, FL



    CHILD EXPLOITATION


    ICE HSI seeks public's help to identify additional victims in child exploitation case
    Kyle Dale Ritsema, 36, of Land O’Lakes, pleaded guilty today to producing, distributing and possessing child pornography. He was arrested Feb. 13 by HSI special agents.

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    News from CBP

    February 11, 2019 | Local Media Release
    CBP Presidio makes Cocaine seizure

    February 11, 2019 | Local Media Release
    CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami International Airport Expect to Process a Billion Imported Flowers Ahead of Valentine’s Day

    February 11, 2019 | Local Media Release
    San Luis CBP Officers Thwart Meth Smuggling Attempts


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    C.B.P. Media Releases

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    BP Arrests Convicted Armed Robber
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media Release
    TUCSON, Ariz. – Casa Grande Border Patrol agents apprehended a previously deported Mexican national with a violent criminal history after he illegally entered the U.S. east of Lukeville Saturday afternoon. Agents patrolling on dirt bikes and all-...
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    Border Patrol seizes over 2,000 pounds of marijuana in the Rio Grande Valley in the last three days
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseEDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to disrupt narcotic smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley. On Saturday, agents working near Fronton, Texas, observed several subjects illegally crossing the Rio Grande with bundles...
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    Border Patrol Agents Arrest “Sureño” Gang Member
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseCALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a “Sureño” gang member in Calexico Saturday morning. At approximately 6:07 a.m., Border Patrol agents were on patrol when they observed a man illegally enter...
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    San Luis CBP Officers Thwart Meth Smuggling Attempts
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseTUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Southern California residents connected to separate failed smuggling attempts this past Friday resulting in the seizure of more than $439,000 worth of methamphetamine at...
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    Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Checkpoint seizes $4.8M worth of Meth
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseFALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted three separate methamphetamine smuggling attempts at the Falfurrias Checkpoint in the past few days. On Thursday, checkpoint agents arrested a United States citizen after finding six bundles of...
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    Large Groups of Aliens Continue to Illegally Enter at Antelope Wells
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – One minute past midnight on Monday, February 11, 2019, another large group of 330 illegal aliens were taken into custody by Border Patrol Agents working at Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry...
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    CBP officers find more than two pounds of ketamine in false compartment of vehicle
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseBLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry discovered one package of ketamine weighing 2.25 pounds on Feb. 7. CBP officers at the Peace ArchPort of Entry in Blaine,...
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    Nearly 300 Arrested by Border Patrol Agents in New Mexico Boot Heel
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest a group of 290 illegal aliens near the Forward Operating Base located at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry. Border Patrol Agents working at the Camp Bounds FOB early this morning observed a...
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    Border Patrol Agents in Clint Stop Smuggling Scheme
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseCLINT, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents stopped a smuggling attempt by a convicted felon, arrest two illegal aliens and seized more than four grams of cocaine, all in a single smuggling scheme. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Clint Border...
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    CBP Presidio makes Cocaine seizure
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleasePRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 15.5 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were hidden inside a SUV. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is...
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    CBP Agriculture Specialists at Miami International Airport Expect to Process a Billion Imported Flowers Ahead of Valentine’s Day
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseMIAMI — In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, teams of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Miami International Airport (MIA) expect to process more than a billion cut flower imports—serving as an ever-vigilant...
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    Yuma Sector Seizes $180K in Meth at Checkpoint
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | National Media ReleaseYUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint thwarted two methamphetamine smuggling attempts valued at $183,750 Friday evening. In the first event, a Border Patrol canine assigned to the primary inspection...
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    CBP at JFK seizes Counterfeit Watches
    Monday, February 11, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseJAMAICA, N.Y. — On January 16, 2019 CBP officers conducting a routine inspection of a shipment from Hong Kong discovered and seized counterfeit watches worth an estimated manufacturer suggested retail price of $3.7 million, had they been genuine. ...
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    Update: CBP Officer Involved Shooting
    Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseTucson, Ariz. – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was involved in a shooting incident at the Port of Nogales, DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, Arizona, Thursday evening. At approximately 7 p.m. MST, Feb. 7, a team of CBP officers conducting...
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    Weapons and Drugs seized by Presidio CBP
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleasePRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry on three separate occasions seized 15 pounds cocaine, 45 pounds methamphetamine, and 31 handguns all within a six day...
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    Meth Smuggler Nabbed by CBP Officers at Port of San Luis
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseTUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national Thursday for an alleged attempt to smuggle almost 64 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis. Officers located packages of methwithin the quarter...
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    Border Patrol Stops Two Smuggling Attempts
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseSALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested one individual suspected of smuggling methamphetamine. Agents also arrested two more attempting to smuggle suspected illegal...
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    CBP Enhances Security in Eagle Pass in Preparation for the Migrant Caravan
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseEAGLE PASS, Texas – In anticipation of the roughly 1,800 people arriving as part of a caravan to the Mexican city of Piedras Negras across from Eagle Pass, CBP has enhanced its security efforts in the area. On Thursday Jan. 31, CBP became aware of...
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    Border Patrol Agents Rescue Family from River
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseDEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Border Patrol Marine unit and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue unit in Eagle Pass, rescued five Honduran nationals from the Rio Grande River. Border Patrol agents rescued five...
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    Group of 325 Central Americans Apprehended Near Lukeville
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseTUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station encountered 325 Central Americans after the group illegally entered the country and surrendered to agents west of Lukeville Thursday morning. A large group of 325 Central...
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    CBP Port Huron Seizes Eight Separate Shipments of Fentanyl Destined to Cities Throughout the U.S.
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleasePORT HURON, Mich - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Blue Water Bridge seize nearly 600 grams of Fentanyl during special operations. Fentanyl found in shipment at BlueWater BridgeIn the month of January,...
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    CBP at John F. Kennedy International Airport intercepted an imposter using Facial Recognition Biometrics technology
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseJAMAICA, NY — On January 19, 2019, a 26-year-old woman traveling from Mexico City, Mexico presented herself for inspection, with a United States passport, to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. The CBP officer suspected the subject may...
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    January Border Apprehensions Remain High
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | National Media ReleaseWASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection released January border enforcement statistics today. These border enforcement statistics show a sustained, high volume of families and unaccompanied children from Central America are attempting to...
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    Patrulla Fronteriza, FURA detienen a 7 indocumentados dominicanos en Rincon Puerto Rico
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseAGUADILLA, Puerto Rico - Agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza adscritos al Negociado de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés), y agentes de las Fuerzas Unidas de Rápida Acción (FURA) de la Policía de Puerto Rico encontaron y...
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    Border Patrol, FURA Apprehends 7 Aliens from the Dominican Republic in Rincon Puerto Rico
    Friday, February 8, 2019 | Local Media ReleaseAGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol and Puerto Rico Police Department Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) agents apprehended Thursday 7 aliens from the Dominican Republic that illegally landed in Domes Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Aliens...
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