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Twitter Takeover #SerendipityRun Nov 8

#SerendipityRun Library of Congress

Ever wanted to explore the Library’s collections but didn't know where to start? Join us and Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence Jer Thorp in a Twitter takeover as he takes a #SerendipityRun through the collections on our Twitter account from 1-4 PM ET, Thursday, November 8.

What’s a #SerendipityRun? Click here to find out – and join us this Thursday!

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Published: November 5th 2018

NEWS: Jorie Graham Wins Poetry Prize

The Library of Congress will award the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Jorie Graham for her 2017 book “Fast.” Graham will receive the award and read selections from her work at the Library on 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Published: November 1st 2018

WATCH LIVE on HALLOWEEN: Frankenreads

Frankenreads 200th Anniversary

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and to acknowledge this milestone, the Library of Congress hosts “Frankenreads,” a live, day-long reading of the novel in its entirety by Library staff, friends and some very special guests.

The program will be streamed LIVE on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET:

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Published: October 28th 2018

Latest News: New Crowdsourcing Venture

The Library of Congress today launched crowd.loc.gov, a crowdsourcing program that will connect the Library with virtual volunteers to transcribe text in digitized images from the Library’s historic collections. This project enables anyone with access to a computer to experience first-hand accounts in history while contributing to the Library’s ability to make these treasures more searchable and readable.

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Published: October 24th 2018

Latest News: Book Explore Library's Baseball Cards

A new book, “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress,” offers baseball fans and historians a visual delight that showcases early baseball cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries alongside photos from the early days of the nation’s beloved pastime. Author Peter Devereaux takes readers behind the scenes of the Library of Congress’ Benjamin K. Edwards Collection to see the vibrant world of the early boom of America’s pastime.

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Published: October 23rd 2018

Latest News: NEW BOOK- “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress”

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A new book, “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress,” offers baseball fans and historians a visual delight that showcases early baseball cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries alongside photos from the early days of the nation’s beloved pastime. Author Peter Devereaux takes readers behind the scenes of the Library of Congress’ Benjamin K. Edwards Collection to see the vibrant world of the early boom of America’s pastime.

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Published: October 23rd 2018

Theodore Roosevelt & Library in the News

President Theodore Roosevelt is shown in 1910 after he had left the White House (detail).

As part of a new user-centric strategic plan, the Library of Congress is working to expand access and make more digital collections available to users around the world. The newest digital resource now online is a massive collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his time in the White House, as governor of New York and his personal life beyond politics.

Today, The Washington Post published this story about the newly digitized Roosevelt collection. We wanted to share this with you.

Washington Post: A glimpse into the heartache and high jinks in Theodore Roosevelt’s life 

The Roosevelt collection is available online at https://www.loc.gov/collections/theodore-roosevelt-papers/about-this-collection/

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Published: October 19th 2018

New Online: Theodore Roosevelt Papers

President Theodore Roosevelt is shown in 1910 after he had left the White House. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his extraordinary career in the White House and as vice president, governor of New York, and as a naturalist, writer and reformer, has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress.

The digitization of the massive collection comes just before the 160th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birthday. The nation’s 26th president was born Oct. 27, 1858, and died nearly 100 years ago on Jan. 6, 1919.

The Roosevelt papers are one of the largest presidential collections held by the Library, consisting of about 276,000 documents and comprising about 461,000 images. It includes letters, speeches, executive orders, scrapbooks, diaries, White House reception records and press releases of his administration, as well as family records.

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Published: October 17th 2018

Latest News: New Chief of Hispanic Division

The Library of Congress appointed Suzanne Schadl, academic expert in Latin American studies, as chief of the Hispanic Division. Schadl has more than 16 years of teaching and library experience.

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Published: October 15th 2018

Latest News: Koussevitzky Commission Winners

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works.

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Published: October 11th 2018

WATCH LIVE FRIDAY: John Cena

John Cena

World champion wrestler John Cena's latest accomplishment is his first children's book series, inspired by the work of author Richard Scarry. Entitled "Elbow Grease," this series is a "fun and fast-paced picture book starring a little monster truck with a lot of ambition." Watch live as Cena presents his new picture book to local students. The kids will have some very interesting questions to ask John.

The program will be streamed LIVE, Friday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET on the following channels:

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Published: October 10th 2018

Latest News: Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2018 Holland Prize

2018 Holland Prize

Coinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.  

A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the 2018 Holland Prize winner.

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Published: October 4th 2018

Latest News: Poet Laureate Launches "The Slowdown"

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.

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Published: October 2nd 2018

LIVE TOMORROW: R.L. Stine

In July 1992, Scholastic, Inc. introduced R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series. Nearly 25 years later, Stine is now one of the best-selling children's authors in history. Join us as he discusses his life and legacy of literacy.

The program will be streamed LIVE TOMORROW, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET on the following channels:

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Published: October 2nd 2018

CORRECTED LINK: New Strategic & Digital Plans

Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.” In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven.

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Published: October 1st 2018

Latest News: New Strategic & Digital Plans

Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.” In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven.

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Published: October 1st 2018

LIVE TODAY: 2018 Américas Award

Ibi Zoboi, author of "American Street" (Harper Collins Publishers, 2017), and Duncan Tonatiuh, author and illustrator of "Danza!: Amalia Hernández" and "El Ballet Folklórico de México" (Abrams Books, 2017), will receive the 2018 Américas Award.

The Américas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on TODAY at 2:30pm ET on the following channels:

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Published: September 28th 2018

Latest News: Emilio & Gloria Estefan Named Gershwin Prize Winners

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.

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Click here for a Spanish-language version of the release.

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Published: September 24th 2018

Latest News: New Visiting Kluge Scholars

The John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress has welcomed a new cohort of scholars who will be in residence during the fall and winter. They will be involved in research, conversations with lawmakers and their staff, as well as in programs for the public.

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Published: September 21st 2018

Latest News: Teachers at the Library of Congress Take Innovation Back to School

In celebration of the new school year, the Library of Congress welcomed two teachers from Connecticut and Idaho to work closely with the Library’s primary sources collections in Washington, D.C.

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Published: September 18th 2018

Latest News: New Educational Apps

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with educational organizations, today announced the launch of two new web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.

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Published: September 11th 2018

LIVE Sept. 12: Kluge Prize Ceremony CORRECTION

Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

In accepting the prize, Faust will speak about the importance of the humanities, the challenges facing college and university campuses today and questions that have motivated her scholarly work.

The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7pm ET on the following channels:

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Published: September 11th 2018

LIVE Sept. 12: Kluge Prize Ceremony

Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

In accepting the prize, Faust will speak about the importance of the humanities, the challenges facing college and university campuses today and questions that have motivated her scholarly work.

The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7pm ET on the following channels:

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Published: September 11th 2018

Latest News: DPOE Program Moves to Pratt, NYU

Following a nationwide call, the Library of Congress today announced that Pratt Institute, in collaboration with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will oversee the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program.

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Published: September 5th 2018

Latest News: National Book Festival Draws Thousands of Book Lovers

Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page. The date for next year's festival was announced for August 31, 2019.

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Published: September 1st 2018


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Brazilian man charged in Iowa federal court for interfering with flight

Guilherme Alves De Melo (Alves), 33, and from Brazil, has been charged with one count of intimidating a flight crew member or attendant and lessening or interfering with their ability to perform their duties, in violation of federal law.  The charge is contained in a federal complaint filed June 26, 2018, in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. More Info...
Published: June 29th 2018

2 Cuban men sentenced in Iowa for credit card fraud and identity theft

Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez, 36, and Dunieski Santana Moreno, 27, both Florida residents, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand to prison terms of 42 and 40 months, respectively. More Info...
Published: April 26th 2018

Guatemalan felon sentenced in Iowa to 22 months in prison for illegally re-entering US after deportation

Benjamin Aguilar-Ramirez, 35, who resided in Waterloo, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 11.  More Info...
Published: April 17th 2018

Wisconsin child predator sentenced in Iowa to 30 years in federal prison for enticing minor online

Carson Sibley, 26, from La Crosse, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 360 months in federal prison on one count of enticing a minor. There is no parole in the federal justice system. More Info...
Published: March 20th 2018

Illegal alien from Guatemala sentenced to federal prison in Iowa for document fraud

Jose Lopez-Morales, 36, a citizen of Guatemala illegally residing in Independence, Iowa, was sentenced to two months in federal prison following his guilty plea on Jan. 25, 2018, to one count of unlawfully using identification documents.   More Info...
Published: March 19th 2018

5 more people in Iowa plead guilty to fraud scheme targeting elderly

Five people from eastern Iowa pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a scheme to defraud elderly victims across the United States.These guilty pleas resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) and the Dubuque (Iowa) Police Department.  More Info...
Published: November 21st 2017

Rwandan man sentenced in Iowa to 15 years in federal prison for US naturalization fraud

In January 2016, Gervais, aka "Ken," Ngombwa was convicted of one count of unlawfully procuring, or attempting to procure, naturalization or U.S. citizenship; one count of procuring U.S. citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure U.S. citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: March 2nd 2017

Last of 3 defendants sentenced in Iowa to more than 8 years in federal prison for smuggling guns to Lebanon

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon. More Info...
Published: December 12th 2016

Iowa man sentenced to 28 ½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to smuggle guns to Lebanon

Ali Afif Al Herz, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts that included the following crimes: conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, conspiring to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce, conspiring to commit money laundering, violating the Arms Export Control Act, and possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of a... More Info...
Published: October 31st 2016

Iowa man indicted for child exploitation, possessing child pornography

Michael Bordman, 22, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was charged in an indictment unsealed Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. More Info...
Published: October 12th 2016

New York man sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit goods in Iowa

Yahya Jawad, 57, from Binghamton, New York, was sentenced following a Sept. 29 plea agreement to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 22nd 2016

ICE joins Iowa state and local law enforcement to combat human trafficking

U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau held a press conference Monday at the Marion, Iowa, Police Department, in cooperation with HSI, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and local non-profit Cedar Rapids Gives, to make the announcement. More Info...
Published: January 25th 2016

Former Rwandan refugee in Iowa convicted of naturalization fraud

Ken Ngombwa, 56, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of the following crimes: one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or citizenship; one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: January 15th 2016

Iowa dairy farmer pleads guilty to harboring illegal aliens

Michael Thomas Millenkamp, 47, of Earlville, Iowa, was convicted on one count of harboring, encouraging and inducing aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States. More Info...
Published: August 5th 2015

4 Iowa residents indicted for conspiracy to illegally ship firearms to Middle East

Ali Afif Al Herz, 50, Bassem Herz, 30, Sarah Zeaiter, 24, and Adam Ben Ali Al Herz, 22, all related to each other, and all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have each been charged with conspiracy to illegally ship a container or package containing numerous firearms and ammunition to the Middle East without notice to the shipper. More Info...
Published: May 12th 2015

Iowa man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Anthony Arn, 44, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 45 months in prison on one count of possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2015

Texas man sentenced in Iowa to 9 months in federal prison for harboring an illegal alien

Roman Sanchez, 33, from Mission, Texas, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison on one count of harboring, encouraging or otherwise inducing an alien to reside illegally in the United States. Sanchez admitted his guilt in a plea agreement, which he signed Sept. 18, 2014. More Info...
Published: January 4th 2015

Illegal alien from Mexico pleads guilty in Iowa to passport fraud, identity theft, harboring and unlawfully voting in a federal election

Abel Hernandez-Labra, 44, a resident of Hampton, Iowa, was convicted of the following charges: one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and one count of harboring an illegal alien. More Info...
Published: November 4th 2014

Iowa man from Rwanda indicted for naturalization fraud

Ken Ngombwa, 54, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with the following crimes: one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or U.S. citizenship, one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled, one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship, and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the United States. More Info...
Published: November 3rd 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 5 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Domenic “John” Pighetti, 70, of Polk City, Iowa, was sentenced Oct. 22 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to five years in prison for knowingly possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: October 21st 2014

California man charged in Iowa with sexual exploiting a minor to produce child pornography

David Anthony Lavera, 33, of San Diego, California, had his initial appearance and arraignment Oct. 7 on federal child pornography charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. More Info...
Published: October 6th 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Arleigh Joe Esqueda, 35, of Newton, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the charge and received an immediate sentence on one count of knowingly possessing child pornography that included images of prepubescent children under 12. More Info...
Published: July 27th 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Benjaman Shelabarger, 36, of Dallas Center, Iowa, was sentenced to 210 months in prison on child pornography conviction. Shelabarger was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. There is no parole in the federal prison system. More Info...
Published: February 20th 2014

Connecticut man convicted of drug conspiracy in Iowa

Authorities seized a 2002 Piper fixed-wing aircraft, a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, $2,837 in U.S. currency, and about $1,000 worth of prepaid cash cards. More Info...
Published: February 10th 2014

5 Iowa men sentenced to nearly 44 years combined for trading child pornography

Five men in southern Iowa were sentenced recently in separate prosecutions to nearly 44 years in prison combined for their unrelated roles in trading online child pornography. More Info...
Published: December 17th 2013

ICE executes federal search warrants in Nebraska, Minnesota and Nevada

This enforcement action is part of a 15-month, ongoing HSI investigation based on evidence that these companies allegedly knowingly hired illegal aliens at their facilities, and that many of these aliens are using fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. citizens. More Info...
Published: August 8th 2018

2 illegal aliens from India each sentenced in Nebraska to a year in federal prison for labor trafficking, harboring illegal alien

Vishnubhai Chaudhari, 50, and Leelabahen Chaudhari, 44, both citizens of India unlawfully residing in Kimball, Nebraska, were each sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison after both pleaded guilty on Dec. 18, 2017, to alien harboring for financial gain and conspiracy to harbor an alien. More Info...
Published: March 20th 2018

Former Nebraska man, current California inmate, sentenced for trading in child pornography

Todd Tackwell, 39, formerly of Hastings, Nebraska, was sentenced to 156 months in prison for one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. This sentence will run concurrently with his California prison sentence, and will be followed by a 35- to 45-year prison sentence in Nebraska for a similar crime. More Info...
Published: August 25th 2014

Nebraska, Iowa women sentenced for conspiracy to commit wire fraud

Tempest Amerson, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Rosland Starks, 45, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. More Info...
Published: August 20th 2014

Nebraska man sentenced to 15 years for manufacturing child pornography

Jerald Vrbas, 60, of Palisade, Nebraska, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on a single count of producing child pornography. His sentence will be followed by an additional 15 years of supervised release. More Info...
Published: June 26th 2014

6 indicted for smuggling, selling untaxed Vietnamese cigarettes

Six people were indicted in federal court Friday for operating a smuggling ring that illegally imported cigarettes from Vietnam. More Info...
Published: May 31st 2012

Fugitive Croatian who was wanted for murder conviction is deported

A Croatian national wanted for fleeing a murder sentence in his native country was deported on Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). More Info...
Published: July 18th 2011

36 gang members and associates arrested, 69 firearms seized

OMAHA, Neb. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, in close partnership with the Omaha Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), seized 69 firearms during an investigation that culminated Tuesday with the arrest of 36 gang members and gang associates. More Info...
Published: June 2nd 2009

ICE fugitive operations team arrests 44 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

During the five-day operation, which ended June 24, ICE Fugitive Operations Team members arrested illegal aliens in Lexington (25 arrests), Grand Island (12 arrests) Broken Bow (2 arrests), and one arrest in each of the following cities: Cozad, Gibbon, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte. More Info...
Published: June 24th 2008

ICE fugitive operations teams arrest 25 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

Most of those arrested - 15 - are from Guatemala; eight are from Mexico; one is from El Salvador; and one is from Iran. Eighteen of those arrested are men; seven are women. More Info...
Published: March 27th 2008

Northern California man sentenced in South Dakota to 5 years in federal prison for illegal marijuana-distribution conspiracy

Brett Aaron McFarland was indicted Sept. 10, 2013 for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. More Info...
Published: February 23rd 2014

South Dakota man sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for sex trafficking

Campbell was also ordered to pay a $500 assessment to the Federal Crime Victim's Fund. More Info...
Published: May 29th 2013

South Dakota man pleads guilty to evading reporting requirements for importing foreign currency

David Olmsted pleaded guilty to evading reporting requirements for foreign currency transactions and will forfeit assets and currency worth at least $1.2 million, including about 449,000,000 Iraqi dinars (valued at $404,000). More Info...
Published: May 20th 2013

South Dakota man sentenced to 188 months for child pornography

Shawn E. Stevens, 26, of Corsica, S.D., was sentenced March 4 to 188 months in federal prison and five years supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. More Info...
Published: March 3rd 2013

First South Dakota business partners with ICE, joins 'IMAGE' program

A local business is the first South Dakota member of a nationwide program by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure a legal and more secure work force. More Info...
Published: February 26th 2013

Chicago man found guilty of multiple sex trafficking charges in South Dakota

Carl Campbell was found guilty in federal court Monday on multiple counts of sex trafficking, including selling children for sex. Campbell assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about eight months in which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. More Info...
Published: February 10th 2013

Florida man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods in South Dakota

Nir Giist pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 7th 2013

9 South Dakota residents indicted for conspiracy to defraud US, harboring aliens

Nine people from Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills community were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to harbor aliens and harboring aliens. Four of the nine individuals are charged with an additional count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. More Info...
Published: September 26th 2012

3 SD men, a Wash. man indicted in methamphetamine conspiracy

A Washington state man and three men from Hill City, S.D., were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than a pound of methamphetamine. More Info...
Published: April 5th 2012

4 alleged MS-13 gang members charged in connection with murder

Josue Diaz-Orellana, 22, Luis Reyes-Castillo, a/k/a “Molesto,” 24, David Perez-Manchame, a/k/a “Herbi” and “Walter Melendez,” 19, and Miguel Torres-Escobar, 20, are charged with assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm during, and in relation to a crime of violence. More Info...
Published: March 28th 2018

2 indicted in immigration scam operated out of Las Vegas

Ernesto Gerardo Fernandez-Carranza, 33, of Las Vegas, and Alicia Herrera, formerly known as Alicia Alvarado Lopez, 53, of Oakland, California, were charged with three counts of theft; three counts of possession or sale of documents or personal identifying information used to establish fake status or identity; and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an... More Info...
Published: June 21st 2017

More than 60 arrested in Nevada ICE operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives

Of those arrested during the enforcement action, which concluded Friday, 55 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence. More Info...
Published: March 14th 2017

ICE arrests 87 in Nevada enforcement operation targeting convicted criminals

During the five-day operation, ERO officers arrested a total of 65 targets in and around Las Vegas and 22 in the Reno area. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2016

Prominent member of cybercrime ring sentenced to 9 years in prison

Alexander Kostyukov, aka “Temp”, aka “KLBS,” 30, who resided in Miami at the time of arrest, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. The Russia-born defendant pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO), conspiracy to engage in a RICO, and three counts of unlawfully trafficking in and production of counterfeit identification... More Info...
Published: December 9th 2015

ICE deports accused Panamanian murderer residing in southern Nevada

Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002. More Info...
Published: September 1st 2015

ICE arrests 25 convicted criminals in Nevada enforcement operation

Those arrested include: a 43-year-old previously deported Mexican national whose list of criminal history includes convictions for child molestation, and a DUI resulting in death; a 20-year old legal permanent resident from Mexico with a conviction for drug trafficking; and a previously deported 49-year old Mexican national convicted of possessing of stolen mail. More Info...
Published: July 1st 2015

ICE removes admitted MS-13 gang member wanted for murder in El Salvador

Miguel Alexander Guevara-Quintanea, 22, was repatriated on board a charter flight coordinated by ERO’s Air Operations Unit. More Info...
Published: January 20th 2015

Defendant in massive credit card and identity theft scheme extradited from Albania

Jordan Georgievski, 41, is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. at 3 p.m. He faces two criminal counts of racketeering – participating in a Racketeer Influenced Organization (RICO) and conspiring to engage in a RICO. More Info...
Published: January 11th 2015

3 defendants tied to Las Vegas-based synthetic drug ring sentenced

Joshua Michael Riley, 32, of Henderson, received a 51-month prison term followed by three years’ supervised release; Nicholas Collado, 32, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years’ supervised release; and Alexandra Haardt, 28, also of Henderson, was sentenced to three years’ probation with a condition of one year of home confinement. The sentences were imposed by U.... More Info...
Published: November 16th 2014

Cybercrime ring member responsible for $50 million in online identity theft sentenced

Cameron Harrison, aka “Kilobit,” 28, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. More Info...
Published: November 11th 2014

Las Vegas HSI special agent, federal prosecutor receive awards for work on cybercrime case

Michael P. Adams, the lead case agent in Operation Open Market, received the award Tuesday from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. The award acknowledges Special Agent Adams’ cyber investigative skills, which significantly aided in the apprehension, arrest and prosecution of the suspects involved in the far-reaching scheme. More Info...
Published: August 25th 2014

Member of organization that operated online marketplace for stolen personal information sentenced to 20 years in prison

David Ray Camez, 22, also known as "Bad Man" and "doctorsex," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Camez was convicted on Dec. 6, 2013, of one count of participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization. In addition to his prison term, he was also sentenced to serve three years of... More Info...
Published: May 14th 2014

Nevada peeping tom sentenced to 19 years for child exploitation crimes

Marcus Gabriel Henderson, 34, pleaded guilty in January to attempted production of child pornography and transportation of child pornography. Court records state Henderson came to the attention of law enforcement through an undercover child pornography investigation. More Info...
Published: May 4th 2014

Los Angeles-area man charged with transporting teen from Minnesota to California for prostitution

Laron Darrell Carter, aka 'Birdd,' 36, of Gardena, Calif., is charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a statutory maximum penalty of life in federal prison. More Info...
Published: April 20th 2014

Defendant in massive credit card and identity theft scheme extradited from Croatia

Sergei Litvinenko, a Ukrainian national charged as part of a multiagency federal investigation into a worldwide online marketplace for stolen personal and financial information, was arraigned in federal court Monday following his extradition Friday from Croatia. More Info...
Published: January 15th 2014

Feds win conviction of first defendant in massive credit card fraud scheme

David Ray Camez, 22, of Phoenix, Ariz., was convicted of one count of participating in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization. Camez, whose sentencing is set for April 10, 2014, faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. More Info...
Published: December 5th 2013

Las Vegas man sentenced to 14 years on federal child pornography charges

Steven Byington, 69, who was convicted by a jury June 20 of 1 count of receiving child pornography and 1 count of possessing child pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro. More Info...
Published: November 21st 2013

Nevada man who took sexually explicit photos of 7-year-old and posted them online sentenced to 20 years in prison

Investigators executed search warrants for several computers at Gregorio Evaristo Sarabia-Garcia's apartment and found pornographic photographs of the defendant's 7-year-old relative, as well as more than 150 additional images of child pornography which Sarabia-Garcia had downloaded from the Internet. More Info...
Published: September 3rd 2013

Ex-Las Vegas-area softball coach sentenced to more than 20 years on child sexual exploitation charges

In April, Albert Silva Hernandez, Jr., 44, of Las Vegas, was convicted of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Clark County School District. More Info...
Published: August 5th 2013

Nevada man faces child porn charges

Marcus Gabriel Henderson, 33, is charged with production and attempted production of child pornography, involving the defendant's secretly videotaping female victims in the bathrooms of his home. More Info...
Published: July 31st 2013

Former Las Vegas-area high school softball coach convicted in federal child sexual exploitation case

Albert Silva Hernandez, Jr., 44, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of producing child pornography and exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a female minor. Hernandez previously served as a softball coach at Silverado High School and for a competitive club team. More Info...
Published: April 24th 2013

Pair who operated large-scale local counterfeit document mill sentenced

Jose Navarro-Parra and Libia Bustillos-Gonzalez, two Mexican nationals convicted of operating a large-scale counterfeit document mill and selling the phony cards at area swap meets, have been sentenced to multi-year prison terms following an undercover probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. More Info...
Published: March 24th 2013

Wife of senator in the Philippines sentenced for bulk cash smuggling

Marissa Tadeo Lapid, the wife of a sitting senator in the Philippines, has been sentenced to five months of home confinement and 36 months' probation after pleading guilty to charges of bulk cash smuggling resulting from a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). More Info...
Published: February 10th 2013

German fugitive wanted for role in multi-million dollar fraud scheme deported

A German national wanted in his native country for allegedly using his Florida financial firm to orchestrate a pyramid scheme that defrauded European investors out of more than $100 million was deported Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and turned over to German authorities. More Info...
Published: August 16th 2012

Missouri man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child, illegally possessing a firearm

On June 4, 2018, Corey Dean Frasher, 43, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child, and to illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. More Info...
Published: October 25th 2018

2 men sentenced in Missouri for child exploitation

Ronald Lee Fields, 56, of Joplin, Missouri, and Shannon Calhoun, 33, of Philippi, West Virginia, (formerly of Joplin) were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark. Fields was sentenced to 20 in federal prison without parole. Calhoun was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Fields and Calhoun to each spend the rest... More Info...
Published: July 27th 2018

Former NBA player sentenced in Missouri to 6 years in federal prison for charity fraud scheme, filing false tax returns

A former professional basketball player was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday on charges related to an extensive charity fraud scheme. More Info...
Published: July 9th 2018

Missouri man pleads guilty to producing child pornography by sexually exploiting a child

Anthony Cotter, 30, of Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to sexually exploiting children, and producing and possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: June 18th 2018

Previously convicted Missouri sex offender sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a minor

Jeffrey Raymond Everett Jr., 23, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Everett to spend the rest of his life under supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. More Info...
Published: June 7th 2018

Honduran man pleads guilty in Missouri to illegally re-entering US 10 times

Jose Salazar-Aguilar, 33, a citizen of Honduras, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays to illegally re-entering the United States after having originally been deported following his conviction for an aggravated felony. More Info...
Published: May 2nd 2018

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography

Clark H. Henshaw, 37, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years in federal prison without parole. More Info...
Published: March 6th 2018

ICE arrests 20 in Kansas City during 4-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following countries:  Brazil (1), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (6), Honduras (1), Mexico (7), Romania (1) and Sierra Leone (1). More Info...
Published: March 2nd 2018

Missouri man pleads guilty to counterfeit airbag scheme

Aleksey Illyuk, 28, of Ozark, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of mail fraud and one count of smuggling goods into the United States. More Info...
Published: December 8th 2017

Missouri woman pleads guilty to counterfeit Louis Vuitton scheme

Tonya Virtue, 33, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. More Info...
Published: December 6th 2017

ICE deports Guatemalan man wanted for killing store owner

Jose Manuel Ohajacao-Ramos, was transferred Nov. 9 to the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement officials by ERO officers in Guatemala City, Guatemala. According to Guatemalan authorities, Ohajacao-Ramos is accused of fatally shooting a store owner in his store in June 1997. Guatemalan law lists the charge as an assassination. More Info...
Published: November 22nd 2017

Previously convicted Missouri sex offender sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography

Ben Culbertson, 56, of Nevada, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 262 months in federal prison without parole. Culbertson had been detained in federal custody since his arrest in October 2016.  Culbertson pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography via the internet on March 22, 2017. More Info...
Published: July 26th 2017

Missouri woman sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for $90 million online counterfeit cellphone scheme

Sherrie Householder, 59, of Nixa, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Householder to pay $8,866,069 in restitution. Wang “Frank” Luo, a Chinese citizen, owned Flash Tech, while Householder managed the company’s activities in the United States. More Info...
Published: January 19th 2017

2 Missouri men charged with federal sex trafficking

Calvin Anthony Miller, aka “Serious,” 34, and his cousin, Henry Dailey, 36, were charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Miller and Dailey remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Oct. 20. More Info...
Published: October 18th 2016

RAC St. Louis' Missouri Gateway Task Force receives 2016 OCDETF Director's Award

Members of the HSI-led Missouri Gateway Task Force were recently awarded the prestigious 2016 OCDETF Director’s Award for Group Achievements. The award was presented Sept. 29 at the RAC St. Louis office by OCDETF Assistant U.S. Attorney James C. Delworth, Eastern District of Missouri. More Info...
Published: October 5th 2016

Missouri man indicted for receiving, distributing child pornography

Michael V. Lucas, 31, of Springfield, Missouri, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. This indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Lucas Sept. 21. More Info...
Published: September 28th 2016

ICE Kansas City special agent honored at law enforcement seminar for investigating a Philippines-based child exploitation operation

Special Agent James D. Holdman, an HSI special agent based in Springfield, Missouri, was honored at the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Training Seminar in Springfield, Missouri. More Info...
Published: August 19th 2016

Missouri man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs

Alexander Vladimir McMillin, aka “Shasha,” 32, of Columbia, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud between March 1, 2011 and Oct. 2, 2013. More Info...
Published: July 18th 2016

ICE arrests 34 in St. Louis area during month-long enforcement action

In the St. Louis area, ERO officers arrested 34 individuals. Twenty-eight of the 34 have been convicted of crimes in the United States including: drugs, aggravated DUI, domestic battery, larceny and hit and run. The remaining six are agency enforcement priorities as recent border crossers. Eight of the 34 were previously deported from the United States and illegally re-entered. More Info...
Published: June 17th 2016

Former NBA player indicted in Missouri for charity fraud scheme

This indictment alleges that Kermit Alan Washington, 64, used a charity he founded and operated, called Project Contact Africa (PCA), to defraud donors, eBay and PayPal, and the IRS. In order to induce individuals, including former professional athletes, to make donations to PCA, Washington falsely represented that 100 percent of the donations would go to Africa. However, Washington diverted... More Info...
Published: May 25th 2016

Central Missouri man sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for child pornography conviction

Dustin Clay Trail, 35, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to five years in federal prison. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2016

Missouri man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Brett Corcoran, 26, of Ava, Missouri, pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a Sept. 30, 2015, federal indictment. Corcoran has been in federal custody since his Oct. 6 arrest. More Info...
Published: March 29th 2016

Missouri sex offender pleads guilty to paying for child sex shows online from the Philippines

Paul L. Sipeer, 65, of Duenweg, Missouri, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography via the Internet. Sipeer has been held in federal custody without bond since his Jan. 28 arrest. More Info...
Published: March 29th 2016

Former Missouri junior high school teacher indicted for receiving child pornography

Evert Henry, 41, of Lebanon, Missouri, was charged in an indictment returned Feb. 22 by a federal grand jury in Springfield. More Info...
Published: February 23rd 2016

2 Illinois men each sentenced in Missouri to 12 ½ years in federal prison for trafficking in synthetic drugs

Anwer Rao, 36, and Michael Lentsch, 36, both from of O’Fallon, Illinois, were each sentenced to 150 months in prison on numerous counts related to conspiracy to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts.” More Info...
Published: February 19th 2016


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ICE Dallas officers remove former Peruvian army sergeant wanted for his alleged role in 'Santa Barbara Massacre'

Dennis Wilfredo Pacheco-Zambrano, 48, a former Peruvian army second sergeant, has been charged in Peru for his alleged role in the July 4, 1991, torture, rape and extrajudicial killing of 15 Peruvian civilians in the rural village of Santa Barbara, Peru. More Info...
Published: November 7th 2018

ICE Dallas officers remove Kazakhstani man convicted of concealing evidence for Boston Marathon bombers

Dias Muratovich Kadyrbayev, 24, a citizen of Kazakhstan, was convicted June 2, 2015, of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for removing and disposing of incriminatory items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Tsarnaev was later convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three innocent bystanders, and subsequently two police... More Info...
Published: November 1st 2018

South Texas ICE officers deport Salvadoran fugitive wanted for aggravated homicide

Ignacio Leonel Campos-Chamagua, 19, was flown to El Salvador on Nov. 1 on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon arrival, Campos-Chamagua was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC). More Info...
Published: November 1st 2018

South Texas ICE officers remove 2 fugitives wanted by Salvadoran authorities for separate aggravated homicides, other charges

Glenda Lissette Campos-Rivera, 24, and Jose Rosa Munoz, 28, both wanted for aggravated homicide were flown to El Salvador on Oct. 25 on a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s IAO Unit. Upon arrival, Campos-Rivera and Munoz were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s PNC. More Info...
Published: October 26th 2018

Dallas-area violent pimp sentenced to life in federal for sex trafficking minors

Allen Nash, 31, was convicted in April of the following charges:  sex trafficking children; conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion; transporting a minor to engage in commercial sex acts; and illegally possessing ammunition after he forced two victims, aged 17 and 19, into the illicit sex trade in the fall of 2014. More Info...
Published: October 19th 2018

South Texas stash house operator sentenced to 5 years in federal prison

Pedro Silva-Segura, 47, from Mexico but residing illegally in Laredo, Texas, was sentenced Oct. 10 by U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra to 108 months in prison. Since Silva-Segura is not a U.S. citizen he is expected to face deportation proceedings after he completes his prison sentence. More Info...
Published: October 10th 2018

South Texas man sentenced to 70 months for transporting illegal aliens inside a tractor trailer

Gerardo Javier Carreon, 36, from San Antonio was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for his role in transporting illegal aliens inside a tractor trailer. On July 5, 2018, Carreon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. More Info...
Published: October 4th 2018

ICE San Antonio removes Mexican national wanted for multiple homicides

Jose Yobani Hernandez-Sanches, also known as Jose Antonio Hernandez-Rangel, 26, was illegally present in the United States. He is accused of multiple homicides that occurred in and around Piedras Negras, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico. Hernandez-Sanches, was escorted by ICE officers to the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Texas, and transferred to Mexican authorities Sept. 26. More Info...
Published: September 27th 2018

ICE arrests 98 in North Texas and Oklahoma areas during 10-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following 38 Texas cities and towns: Amarillo (2), Arlington (2), Athens (1), Big Spring (1), Bridgeport (1), Canton (1), Carrollton (1), Dallas (11), Denton (3), Fort Worth (5), Frisco (3), Garland (1), Gilmer (4), Grapevine (1), Greenville (1), Haltom City (1), Haslett (1), Hawley (1), Irving (6), Jacksboro (2), Kaufman (1),... More Info...
Published: September 26th 2018

West Texas ICE special agents arrest former Peruvian army sergeant wanted for his alleged role in 'Santa Barbara Massacre'

On Sept. 17, HSI San Angelo special agents arrested former Peruvian Army Second Sergeant Dennis Wilfredo Pacheco-Zambrano, 48, in San Angelo. Pacheco is wanted in Peru for his alleged role in the July 4, 1991, torture, rape and extrajudicial killing of 15 Peruvian civilians in the rural village of Santa Barbara, Peru. More Info...
Published: September 20th 2018

Texas business executive pleads guilty in scheme to bribe Venezuelan official

Juan Carlos Castillo Rincon (Castillo), 55, of Conroe, Texas, previously of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Castillo is scheduled to be sentenced, Feb. 21, 2019. More Info...
Published: September 13th 2018

Southeast Texas man gets 35 years for sexual exploitation and child pornography

Stephen P. Lynch, 43, of Kingwood, Texas, was sentenced to 360 months for sexual exploitation of a minor, and 60 months for possession of child pornography, respectively. His prison terms will run consecutively. Lynch pleaded guilty to both charges on June 6, 2018. More Info...
Published: September 12th 2018

2 Mexican men plead guilty for their role in human smuggling case resulting in death

On Sept. 10, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo accepted the guilty pleas of Mario Emiliano-Herrera and Julio Cesar Lopez-Nino, both 19 and from Mexico, for their role in transporting illegal aliens, resulting in a death. More Info...
Published: September 10th 2018

Houston-area member of gang known for preying on illegal aliens sentenced to 40 years for rape, robbery

Aron Alexi Herrera Munguia, 29, from Honduras, was sentenced to 40 years for raping and robbing two women who owned a bar in the Houston, Texas, area. Munguia is the sixth member of Los Tumbadores to be convicted in state court as part of this investigation.   More Info...
Published: August 29th 2018

Houston-based waste management company forfeits more than $5.5 million for knowingly hiring illegal aliens

Houston-based Waste Management of Texas has agreed to forfeit more than $5.5 million and perform remedial measures for a documented pattern and practice of hiring illegal aliens at the company’s Afton, Texas, location. More Info...
Published: August 29th 2018

ICE executes federal criminal search warrants in North Texas

As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at a North Texas business.  HSI also arrested more than 100 company employees on federal immigration violations who were unlawfully working in the United States at the trailer-manufacturing business. More Info...
Published: August 28th 2018

South Texas man sentenced to 51 months for firearms straw purchase

Alexis Lopez, 21, from Roma, Texas, was sentenced Aug. 28 by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane to 51 months in prison. The sentence was enhanced as the court took into consideration the fact that Lopez recruited and directed three straw purchasers to purchase a total of four .50 caliber rifles on his behalf. More Info...
Published: August 28th 2018

Southeast Texas teen sentenced to 19 years in prison for drive-by shooting, conspiracy to distribute synthetic narcotics

Moises Alvarado, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges May 16, 2018. On Aug. 21, Alvarado was sentenced to 108 months for the synthetic cannabinoid offense, as well as a 120-month consecutive term for discharging a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Following his prison term, Alvarado must also serve three years of supervised release.  More Info...
Published: August 21st 2018

Texas man sentenced in Houston to more than 37 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

In addition to his 448-month prison sentence, Ryan Glen Colburn, 25, Rosenberg, Texas, was further ordered to pay restitution to his three known victims. More Info...
Published: August 20th 2018

Honduran man sentenced to nearly 3 years in federal prison for illegally possessing firearm, shooting son of off-duty law enforcement officer

Santos Alfredo Paz-Ruiz, 42, was sentenced Aug. 13 to 33 months in federal prison for firearms violations.  On May 10, 2018, Paz-Ruiz pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien unlawfully possessing a firearm. More Info...
Published: August 13th 2018

ICE arrests 45 in Houston area during 5-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives

Of the individuals arrested during the operation, 15 had previously been removed (deported) and 42 had prior criminal convictions. Several had felony convictions for serious or violent criminal offenses, such as rape, child exploitation, robbery, drug trafficking and assault. More Info...
Published: August 13th 2018

Fort Worth man sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking children

Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, of Fort Worth, Texas, and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Pierre Lagrone, “P” or “Pedro,” 34, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to sex traffic underage girls. More Info...
Published: August 2nd 2018

Fort Worth man sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking children

Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 34, and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to sex traffic underage girls. Lagrone was sentenced July 23 to life in federal prison.  Sanders was previously sentenced before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 420... More Info...
Published: July 24th 2018

Central Texas federal jury finds drug cartel leader guilty of drug trafficking using firearms, money laundering

Jurors convicted Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino Chavez, 38, on one count each of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import marijuana, unlawful distribution of controlled substances (extra-territorial), conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and... More Info...
Published: July 24th 2018

Former Venezuelan official pleads guilty in Houston to conspiracy charges in connection with bribery scheme

Luis Carlos De Leon-Perez (De Leon), 42, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is scheduled to be sentenced for both charges Sept. 24. More Info...
Published: July 18th 2018