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Mexican national released from local custody facing murder charges

NEWARK, NJ — A 23-year-old Mexican national who is illegally present in the United States is facing murder charges in Missouri. He was released from the custody of the Middlesex County Jail earlier this year after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) detainer was declined. Luis Rodrigo Perez was being held at Middlesex County ...

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Colorado man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing methamphetamine, possessing firearms in furtherance drug trafficking

DENVER — A Colorado man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 10 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn, District of Colorado, and Special Agent in Charge Steven W. Cagen, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security ...

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Former Missouri teacher pleads guilty to receiving, distributing child pornography

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former southwestern Missouri teacher pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to receiving and distributing child pornography over the internet. This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Lebanon (Missouri) Police Department. Brandon Hileman, 25, of Lebanon, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas ...

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7 charged with laundering drug trafficking proceeds between US, South America

NEW YORK — Owners and employees of multiple Long Island and Miami import-export businesses were arrested Thursday following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York’s Long Island Office with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, New York (IRS-CI). Enayatullah Khwaja, also known as “Nat,” Abdulrahman Khwaja, Rani Rahimi, Shikeba Rhamatzada, Roberto Saenz, ...

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ICE removes man wanted in China for financial scheme

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers removed a fugitive citizen of China Wednesday who was wanted by Chinese authorities for occupational embezzlement. Quanguan Zheng, 61, a Chinese citizen, entered the United States lawfully, on May 24, 2015, at the Newark International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) admitted Zheng to the ...

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Arms trafficker found guilty of conspiring to supply and use anti-aircraft missiles after pleading guilty to other arms offenses

LOS ANGELES – A federal jury has convicted a black-market arms dealer of conspiring to acquire, transfer and use missiles and missile systems designed to shoot down aircraft. Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem, 52, who was commonly known as Rami Ghanem, a naturalized United States citizen who was living in Egypt at the time of the offenses, was found guilty of the ...

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ICE seeks victims of 3-time convicted criminal who posed as immigration attorney, defrauded legal and illegal aliens

EL PASO, Texas — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are seeking possible additional fraud victims of three-time convicted criminal who pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to defrauding numerous legal and illegal aliens. Federico Garcia Jr., 44, who had worked for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the ports of entry ...

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Pennsylvania man charged with child pornography charges

PHILADELPHIA — On Nov. 15, 2018, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that an Oxford, Pennsylvania man, was charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography, following an investigation by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland ...

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Performer Tekashi 6ix 9ine, 5 others charged with racketeering and firearms offenses in New York

NEW YORK — Six gang members and associates of the violent New York City gang, “Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods”, also known as “Nine Trey,” were charged Monday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the New York Field Division of the Bureau ...

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MS-13 gang member, Interpol fugitive arrested under Operation Matador removed to El Salvador

NEW YORK — A female MS-13 gang member wanted to face charges in El Salvador was arrested under Operation Matador in March, pursuant to an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.  She was removed Nov. 16 to El Salvador by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  Milessa Cortez-Granados, 32, an active MS-13 gang member, initially ...

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Queens Immigration attorney found guilty of operating asylum fraud scheme

Document and Benefit Fraud NEW YORK—Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Andreea Dumitru, a/k/a “Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu,” an immigration attorney based in Queens, New York, was found guilty Nov. 19 in Manhattan federal court of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration ...

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Illegal alien from Mexico sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute marijuana in Colorado

DENVER — An illegal alien from Mexico was sentenced last week to serve three years in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn, District of Colorado; U.S. Forest Service Special Agent in Charge Kent Delbon; and Special Agent in Charge ...

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Venezuelan billionaire charged; former Venezuelan national treasurer and former owner of Dominican Republic bank both plead guilty in money laundering conspiracy involving $1 billion in bribes

WASHINGTON – A Venezuelan billionaire, who owns the Globovision news network, was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday for his role in a billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme. Two others, a former Venezuelan national treasurer and a former owner of the Banco Peravia bank in the Dominican Republic, each pleaded guilty in proceedings unsealed Tuesday for their roles ...

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ICE removes 5 fugitives wanted in El Salvador for various crimes including aggravated murder

HOUSTON — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) on Friday removed five illegal aliens from El Salvador, who were fugitives wanted in their home country for various serious crimes, including aggravated murder. Jose David Umanzor-Hernandez, 26, was wanted for aggravated homicide and criminal associations; Ever Rafael Roca-Ruiz, 24, was wanted for aggravated homicide; ...

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Dallas sting operation nabs spa proprietor mongering illicit sex

DALLAS — Following a sting operation at a Dallas hotel earlier this month, law enforcement liberated dozens of women sold for sex, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, Northern District of Texas. This week, a federal grand jury indicted Helen Kim — the alleged proprietor of the prostitution ring — on racketeering charges. “It takes a lot of coordination to ...

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