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ICE arrests criminal aliens after New York City releases them

NEW YORK – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) recently arrested three convicted criminal aliens in New York who were released from local custody after detainers were ignored. ICE arrested Alvaro Cuatate-Xochicale, 57, and Miguel Guzman-Reyna, 58, both unlawfully present Mexican nationals, and Jonathan De Jesus-Lopez, 20, an unlawfully present Dominican national, in the boroughs of Brooklyn ...

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7 arrested in Portland For Assault on Law Enforcement Officers, Destruction of Property, Disorderly Conduct

PORTLAND — Seven people have been arrested and face federal charges for their roles in weekend riots at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, according to Acting Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Eben Roberts. According to court documents, since May 26, 2020, protests in downtown Portland have regularly been followed by nightly criminal activity including ...

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DOJ Warrant and Complaint Seek Seizure of All Iranian Petroleum Products Aboard Four Tankers Headed to Venezuela

A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard four ships are subject to forfeiture based on the terrorism forfeiture statute. The documents name the “Bella” with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the “Bering” with IMO number 9149225, the “Pandi” with IMO number 9105073, and ...

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Chinese National Given 3 years in Prison for Role in Massive Birth Tourism and Immigration Fraud Ring

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Chinese national was sentenced in absentia today to 37 months in federal prison for participating in a large-scale birth tourism scheme that engaged in visa fraud that allowed foreign nationals to come to the United States and give birth so their children would receive U.S. birthright citizenship. Chao “Edwin” Chen (陈超), 35, was sentenced by ...

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U.S. Army Soldier Charged with Terrorism Offenses for Planning Deadly Ambush on Service Members in His Unit

The Department of Justice announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly planning an attack on his U.S. Army unit by sending sensitive details about the unit – including information about its location, movements, and security – to members of an extremist organization named Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), an occult-based neo-Nazi ...

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Texas family sentenced for their roles in massive illegal gambling, money laundering enterprise

BEAUMONT, Texas – A Northeast Texas businessman, his wife and son were sentenced Friday for their roles in a massive illegal gambling and money laundering enterprise. Larry Earnest Tillery, 70, Judy Kay Tillery, 63, and Brian Tillery, 47, all of Beaumont, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of ...

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Chicago Police Union President Says He Won’t Tolerate Officers Kneeling With Protesters

The president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police said Thursday he will not tolerate officers kneeling with George Floyd protesters. President John Catanzara of the FOP said police officers who kneel with protesters will “be risking basically being brought up on charges and thrown out of the lodge,” he told Fox 32 news Thursday. Catanzara was installed president last ...

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CBP Officers at Hidalgo International Bridge Seize $1.7 Million in Hard Narcotics

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two people from Lubbock, Texas after detecting $1,733,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and heroin within the vehicle they were driving. “Our frontline officers’ persistence and perseverance in carrying out CBP’s border security mission is reflected in seizures like this,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port ...

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Former DEA Official Pleads Guilty to Elaborate $4 Million Fraud Scheme

A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) public affairs officer pleaded guilty today to defrauding at least a dozen companies of over $4.4 million by posing falsely as a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to court documents, Garrison Kenneth Courtney, 44, of Tampa, Florida, falsely claimed to be a covert officer of the CIA involved in a ...

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CBP Officers Intercept Close to $1 Million in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted hard narcotics with an estimated street value of almost $1 million at Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas. “Our frontline CBP officers at the Port of Brownsville yet again affirmed their resolve to advance CBP’s border security mission and that commitment is reflected in ...

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Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In Alleged Ambush By Man With A Stockpile Of Bombs

A Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputy was killed and other officers were injured after a man who was stockpiling an arsenal of bombs and guns opened fire on them Saturday, according to local media reports. Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was fatally shot after officers while responding to reports of a suspicious van near Ben Lamond, California, Sheriff Jim Hart told ...

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Rioter Faces Federal Arson Charges in Connection to Nashville Courthouse Fire During Protest

A criminal complaint issued today charged Wesley Somers, 25, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. “The Department of Justice will vindicate the First Amendment rights of all Americans to speak, assemble and seek a redress of grievances from their government,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “We cannot tolerate, however, ...

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Here’s How The DOJ Fought For Religious Freedom During The Pandemic

Governors across the United States have issued orders during the coronavirus pandemic that restrict or prohibit religious services. The Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr have fought back against such restrictions on multiple occasions. “Even in times of emergency,” Barr warned in April, federal law prohibits religious discrimination. Governors and mayors across the United States have issued orders ...

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CBP Seizes $252K of Counterfeit Currency in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI– In today’s economy a lot of items are bought and sold online, but hard currency is still used in day-to-day operations. When was the last time you took a quick glance at your money – a real hard look? Have you looked at the front and back? Have you looked for the security features? Just last year more than ...

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Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud

A California man has been charged with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $1.7 million dollars in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. William Sadleir, 66, of Beverly Hills, California, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the ...

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