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Latest News: Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or physically disabled.

The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in Taylor, Michigan, will receive the Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award.

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Published: May 17th 2018

Latest News: Less than 9 Weeks to Baseball Americana

The Library of Congress is counting down to the opening of the Baseball Americana exhibit on June 29. 

We want to hear from baseball fans about why they love the game. 

Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET between May 3 and June 28 the Library is asking fans a question about baseball on Twitter and Facebook. 

Use the #BaseballAmericana hashtag to join the conversation! 

Baseball is a great community and you’re a part of it.

Today's Question is:  

Q3: Who is your favorite baseball player OF ALL TIME?

Don't forget opening day is June 29

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Published: May 17th 2018

Latest News: Mark Sweeney Named Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Mark Sweeney will serve as Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress.

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Published: May 14th 2018

Latest News: China and Russia Kluge Center Chairs Appointed

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two new chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations that will serve as primary resources in dialogues with Congress. They are James Goldgeier, U.S.-Russia chair, and Minxin Pei, U.S.-China chair, who will begin their tenures at the Kluge Center in September 2018 and January 2019, respectively.

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Published: May 7th 2018

Latest News: FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship

The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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Published: May 4th 2018

Latest News: “How did you become a baseball fan?”

Yesterday, the Library of Congress began counting down to the opening of the Baseball Americana exhibit on June 29

We want to hear from baseball fans about why they love the game. 

Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET between May 3 and June 28 we will ask fans a question about baseball on Twitter and Facebook. 

Use the #BaseballAmericana hashtag to join the conversation! 

Baseball is a great community and you’re a part of it. 

Q1: “How did you become a baseball fan?” 

Don't forget opening day is June 29. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for question two on Thursday, May 10

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Published: May 4th 2018

Latest News: 9 Weeks to Baseball Americana

The Library of Congress is counting down to the opening of the Baseball Americana exhibit on June 29. 

We want to hear from baseball fans about why they love the game. 

Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET between May 3 and June 28 we will ask fans a question about baseball on Twitter and Facebook. 

Use the #BaseballAmericana hashtag to join the conversation! 

Baseball is a great community and you’re a part of it. 

Q1: “How did you become a baseball fan?” 

Don't forget opening day is June 29

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Published: May 3rd 2018

Latest News: E. Annie Proulx Awarded Library Fiction Prize

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.

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Published: May 2nd 2018

Latest News: "Book That Shaped Me" Contest

The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.

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Published: May 1st 2018

Latest News: Online Collaboration with Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), today announced a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the BnF to provide digital content for a new online space for collections relating to shared French-American history. The initiative will also be supported by other U.S. organizations, including the National Archives.The announcement came during a visit to the Library by President Emmanuel Macron of France.

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Published: April 27th 2018

Latest News: Library of Congress Appoints Inaugural Jay I. Kislak Chair

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Stephen Houston, an anthropologist, archaeologist and epigrapher, as the inaugural Jay I. Kislak chair for the study of the history and cultures of the early Americas.

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Published: April 23rd 2018

Latest News: New Director of Digital Strategy

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that she has appointed Kate Zwaard as the Library’s director of digital strategy, a position Hayden established to elevate the institution’s digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives.

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Published: April 20th 2018

New on the Web: Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online

The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.

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Published: April 17th 2018

Latest News: Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library.

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Published: April 10th 2018

Classic Baseball Documents Online

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Baseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now Online

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Baseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball’s color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball’s new season and for the Library’s new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29.

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Published: April 3rd 2018

Latest News: Poet Laureate in Second Term

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall.

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Published: March 22nd 2018

Latest News: National Recording Registry Reaches 500

Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape. 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress as aural treasures worthy of preservation.

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Published: March 21st 2018

Latest News: Funds Available to Create Educational Apps on Congress and Civics

The Library of Congress today announced that up to $950,000 will be provided to one or more organizations to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.

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Published: March 19th 2018

Latest News: New FEDLINK Executive Director

Laurie Neider has been named executive director of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress.

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Published: March 16th 2018

Latest News: New Book on Women's Artistic Achievements

A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the trailblazing artists whose work was long overlooked in the male-dominated field from the late 19th century into the 21st century.

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Published: March 15th 2018

Latest News: Apply for 2018 Literacy Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. The awards honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. Cash prizes for three winning applicants range from $50,000 to $150,000. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.

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Published: March 9th 2018

Latest News: Rare Photo of Harriet Tubman Preserved

The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year.

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Published: March 6th 2018

Latest News: Apply for Teacher-in-Residence

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current performing arts or visual arts teachers for a teacher-in-residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2018-2019 school year.

The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents. Applications are due by Monday, April 9.

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Published: March 5th 2018

Library CLOSED March 2

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Library CLOSED Friday, March 2

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Due to inclement weather, all Library of Congress buildings are CLOSED today, Friday, March 2. All reading rooms and public spaces are closed, and public events at the Library scheduled for today are canceled.

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Published: March 2nd 2018

Latest News: New Young Readers Program

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress.

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Published: February 27th 2018

Trump Was Right: MS-13 Gang Member Named ‘Animal’ Murdered 15-Year-Old Boy

BOSTON, MA (Associated Press) – A member of MS-13 who earned full membership into the violent gang by killing a 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Illegal Aliens Caught Driving Tanker Truck Carrying Liquid Meth, Worth $90 Million

LINDEN, NC (WRAL) – Officials on Saturday discovered 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine stored in a fuel tank in a semi-truck in Harnett County. According to the Harnett County Sheriff’s ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 21st 2018

Another Illegal Alien Raped Another Child In North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (The News & Observer) – A man who once lived in Cary was returned from Florida on Thursday to face charges that he committed sex offenses with a ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 20th 2018

Two Previously Deported Rapists Re-Arrested In California

CALEXICO, CA (KESQ) – Border Patrol agents arrest two convicted sex offenders in Calexico suspected of making an illegal entry into the United States on two separate occasions this week. ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 20th 2018

Brutal Serial Rapist In Illinois Is Illegal Alien…Press Ignores

JOLIET, IL (The Joliet Patch) – A dangerous man who was living in Joliet illegally was escorted into Will County Courtroom 405 on Wednesday afternoon under the careful eye of ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 18th 2018

Criminal Defense Attorney Claims Illegal Alien Child Rapist Is Not “A Danger To The Community”

TUSCALOOSA, AL (The Tuscaloosa News) – A judge has increased the bond of an undocumented immigrant accused of raping a 10-year-old girl. Juan Vazquez Cornelio, 38, has been held on ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 18th 2018

Illegal Alien Raped Woman On Her Front Porch

SEMMES, AL (WPMI) – Investigators say a suspected undocumented immigrant raped a woman he lived near in Semmes Tuesday. The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says the victim’s 12-year-old son walked ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 18th 2018

Mexican Cartel Hitman Admits To Killing “More Than 35 Men” Across The U.S.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (BuzzFeedNews) – “Look, Jose,” the cop said to the genial grandfather sitting across the desk. “The fact is, you’re being charged with murder.” Tim McWhorter, the chief ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 17th 2018

Illegal Alien Raped A 14-Year-Old Girl In North Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (The Winston-Salem Journal) – A Winston-Salem man was convicted Monday on charges that he sexually abused and raped a 14-year-old girl in 2016. Adrian Valadez-Lopez, 36, of Weatherwood ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 17th 2018

Media Blackout: Man Who Went On Shooting Spree In Kansas City Is An Illegal Alien

KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF) – The man who admitted to investigators that he shot at a man in a “luxurious” car, a man on a motorcycle and a man in ... [read more] More Info...
Published: May 16th 2018

Comment on Illegal Alien Re-Arrested Only Three Days After He Was Deported by car

Ronald Bola of 12764 Newport Ave #D Tustin ca 92780 married and paid a US citizen name Albina Danganan to obtain a green card while living with his wife Lilia. He is now a naturalized citizen. He also used fake documents to get here and overstayed is tourist visa. His son Ronald Aaron lied on his college application at Buffalo Medical School to get in . More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on Previously Deported Illegal Alien Injured 6-Year-Old Boy In Drunken Hit-And-Run by car

Ronald Bola of 12764 Newport Ave #D Tustin ca 92780 married and paid a US citizen name Albina Danganan to obtain a green card while living with his wife Lilia. He is now a naturalized citizen. He also used fake documents to get here and overstayed is tourist visa. His son Ronald Aaron lied on his college application at Buffalo Medical School to get in . More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on Trump Was Right: MS-13 Gang Member Named ‘Animal’ Murdered 15-Year-Old Boy by Joy Beum

Love that line: Forced to join gang. We used to have a teenage volunteer at the elementary school where I worked who lived in the barrio. He refused to join a gang, and instead put his energy into school work. They tried to enlist him, but could not. More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on Illegal Aliens Caught Driving Tanker Truck Carrying Liquid Meth, Worth $90 Million by Laurie

Fyi ~ CNN came in behind Nickelodeon and Home and Garden Television and just a few slots above the History Channel in the latest cable network ratings. Why dont they check all liquids? I thought they did that at check points weigh stations. Hmm More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on Illegal Aliens Caught Driving Tanker Truck Carrying Liquid Meth, Worth $90 Million by Spurwing Plover

Lets start deporting all the democrats to the amazon area along with the illegal aliens More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on Illegal Aliens Caught Driving Tanker Truck Carrying Liquid Meth, Worth $90 Million by Truth

John You're a fucking stupid brainwashed sheep. "Hang them"? Over drugs? Jesus Christ man. Let's look at what he did. He DROVE a truck. The truck contained a liquid form of an illegal drug. What part of any of that, qualifies them being executed? Was anyone harmed? No. Were there any victims? No. Hmmm... So basically he was transporting something that CAN be made into a drug. If you think that a non violent, victimless crime, deserves death, you need to quit letting the media control your mind. Turn the TV off and think for yourself. A lot of what I just said may not make sense to you, because this is deeper than sheep can normally see, but some will get it. Those are MY people, the ones who understand that while yes they deserve some form of punishment for "Breaking the law", by no means do they deserve to die. Lol 😂 YOU people kill ME with your ignorance. More Info...
Published: May 23rd 2018

Comment on MS-13 Issues ‘Kill Order’ On New York Cops by Rumpled Nixon

Time for the militia to lock and load, and shoot these animals on sight. Then burn down their homes, and crack houses, and crime dens. The ones that survive will be fast to disappear. We will be defending America against enemies who are already here. More Info...
Published: May 22nd 2018

Comment on Another Illegal Alien Raped Another Child In North Carolina by Rebecca

Why in the HELL they keep setting bail for these illegal mofos! Why do they have a constitutional right to be given such? There have been MANY cases where bail was set and paid for, and not only did they not appear in court but DISAPPEARED! More Info...
Published: May 22nd 2018

Comment on Illegal Alien Raped Woman On Her Front Porch by Spurwing Plover

The more reasons Americans oppose Open Borders and why sanctuary city officials should be held accountible and liable for all crimes commited by illegal aliens and all those who want to abolish ICE need to Leave America Now More Info...
Published: May 22nd 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

Iowa business owner sentenced for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens

An eastern Iowa construction company owner, Thomas C. Kehoe, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday on charges of harboring illegal aliens. This sentence resulted from an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). More Info...
Published: September 11th 2012

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

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

Previously convicted sex offender sentenced in Missouri to 135 years for producing child pornography, sexually abusing a child for 4 years

Charles R. Burge, 36, of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the following charges: three counts of first-degree statutory rape, one count of sexually exploiting a minor, one count of enticing a child, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. More Info...
Published: February 18th 2016

Missouri child sex offender charged with viewing international online sex shows featuring children in the Philippines

Paul L. Sipeer, 65, of Duenweg, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint alleging he received child pornography via the Internet. Sipeer had his initial court appearance Jan. 27 and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing Feb. 2. More Info...
Published: January 27th 2016

Missouri man charged with distributing child pornography

Cody Lee Davidson, 18, of Raytown, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Davidson was arrested Jan. 26 and had his initial court appearance the following day. More Info...
Published: January 26th 2016

6 defendants plead guilty in Missouri to $100 million software-piracy scheme

Rex Yang, 37, of Seattle, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays Dec. 16 to a federal information that charged him with participating in a criminal conspiracy from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 10, 2014. More Info...
Published: December 17th 2015

Missouri man convicted of drug trafficking, illegally possessing firearms

Marcus McIntosh, 59, was found guilty of the charges contained in an Aug. 26, 2014 federal indictment, which identified his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine between April 1 and Aug. 8, 2014. More Info...
Published: December 2nd 2015


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ICE, CBP seize nearly 79,000 counterfeit items in South Texas valued at $16 million

Special agents with ICE's HSI on Thursday seized nearly 79,000 counterfeit items that included apparel and consumer electronics from luxury and sporting trademark designers such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Nike, Apple, Samsung and Sony.  More Info...
Published: May 21st 2018

Corpus Christi, Texas, man convicted of distributing child pornography

Clinton Ray Stevens, 26, was found guilty of uploading pornographic images of children to an internet chat room called “UNderAg3.” More Info...
Published: May 21st 2018

Southeast Texas man convicted of firearms charge related to cocaine trafficking

Eduardo Ignacio Reyes, 41, from Corpus Christi, Texas, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking after authorities seized a loaded 9mm handgun and a safe in his bedroom, which contained about 430 grams (15.1 ounces) of cocaine, $2,000 and 9mm ammunition. More Info...
Published: May 21st 2018

Southeast Texas man sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Nicolas Hamm, 26, from Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after authorities found more than 22,000 child pornography images in his possession. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2018

2 Southeast Texas men sentenced to years in federal prison for separate cases of possessing child pornography

Rogelio Castaneda, 61, and Jose Ivan Davila, 54, pleaded guilty, Jan. 23, in separate but similar cases. More Info...
Published: May 10th 2018

Southeast Texas convicted sex offender charged with possessing child pornography

The criminal complaint alleges that in July 2017, Manuel Diaz, 64, from Corpus Christi, printed photographs of nude children from a flash drive at a pharmacy. A subsequent forensic examination allegedly resulted in discovering more than 850 pornographic images and videos of children as young as 12 years old. More Info...
Published: May 10th 2018

Human smuggler sentenced in South Texas to more than 10 years in federal prison for his role in a 2017 smuggling scheme resulting in 3 deaths

Omar Gonzalez-Herrera, 25, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was sentenced April 26 by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana to 121 months in prison. Since Gonzalez-Herrera is not a U.S. citizen he is expected to face deportation proceedings after he completes his prison sentence. More Info...
Published: April 26th 2018

Amarillo, Texas, man admits to enticing a minor

Weston Scott Langwell, 26, of Amarillo, faces not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to a lifetime of supervised release. He remains in custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 8. More Info...
Published: April 26th 2018

7 members of a human smuggling ring sentenced in South Texas for smuggling more than 200 illegal aliens into the US

Jose Luis Soto-Lopez, 52, and his daughter, Erica Janine Soto, 27, both residing in Brownsville, Texas, were respectively sentenced to 54 months and 21 months in federal prison for their roles in the alien smuggling scheme that Soto-Lopez led. Soto will also serve two years of supervised release. More Info...
Published: April 25th 2018

Defendant in deadly San Antonio tractor trailer receives life in prison

James Matthew Bradley Jr., 61, from Louisville, KY appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David A. Ezra, April 20 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Judge Ezra also ordered that Bradley forfeit to the Government his tractor-trailer rig, plus approximately $5,600 in U.S. currency and a .38 caliber pistol recovered from inside the cab. More Info...
Published: April 20th 2018

Former Mexican state governor extradited to South Texas from Italy

Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, 61, from Mexico arrived in the Brownsville April 20 to face the charges, and is expected to make his initial appearance Monday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Ronald Morgan. More Info...
Published: April 20th 2018

Houston-area man sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

Patrick Jake Nicholas Luera, 31, from Webster, Texas, pleaded guilty to the criminal charges on June 27, 2017. After he completes his prison sentence, Luera must also serve 15 years of supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He must also register as a sex offender. More Info...
Published: April 12th 2018

'La Familia Michoacán' Drug Cartel leader sentenced to 43 years in federal prison for trafficking thousands of kilograms of methamphetamine into US

Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, aka “La Minsa,” 48, pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. More Info...
Published: April 11th 2018

Rockwall first Texas county to receive ICE certificate as 'IMAGE' member

Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Monday presented a certificate to Rockwall County to become the first Texas county to become an “IMAGE” member. More Info...
Published: April 9th 2018

Latest 'BEST' task force established in West Texas

The new “West Texas Panhandle Border Enforcement Security Task Force,” (BEST) based in San Angelo, is designed to formalize and enhance already-existing relationships with local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to combat Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO).  This latest BEST task force extends from Crockett and Sutton counties in central Texas all the way north to the... More Info...
Published: April 5th 2018

West Texas methamphetamine trafficker sentenced to 30 years in federal prison

Mateo Raymond Flores III, aka Lawrence Flores, aka Arturo Flores, aka Rogelio Cadena, aka Gordo, aka Mr. G, 49, from San Angelo, was a fugitive on state charges and living in Mexico at the time of indictment. More Info...
Published: April 4th 2018

South Texas man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for being a habitual drug trafficker

Carlos Guerrero, 45, from San Juan, Texas, was sentenced March 26 by U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa to serve 240 months. The court found Guerrero to be a leader/organizer within the drug trafficking organization. More Info...
Published: April 4th 2018

Federal North Texas jury convicts 3 men for their roles in sex trafficking multiple underage girls

The jury convicted Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33, on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, four counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of possessing child pornography. Lagrone faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison and a $1 million fine. More Info...
Published: April 2nd 2018

3 men convicted in North Texas for roles in sex trafficking multiple underage girls

The jury convicted Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 33, on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, four counts of sex trafficking children, and one count of possessing child pornography. Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to sex traffic children, one count of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Demarcus Davis... More Info...
Published: April 2nd 2018

Panhandle Texas man sentenced to nearly 18 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine

Jose Santillan, 25, of Amarillo, Texas, has been in custody since his arrest in April 2017.  Santillan was convicted in December 2017, following a three-day trial, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. More Info...
Published: March 30th 2018

Previously deported Mexican man sentenced in Dallas to 10 years in federal prison for methamphetamine distribution conspiracy

Diego Morales-Ramirez, 25, a citizen of Mexico was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 120 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (50 grams or more of methamphetamine). More Info...
Published: March 30th 2018

ICE arrests 89 in North Texas and Oklahoma areas during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following 10 countries:  Mexico (59), Guatemala (12), Honduras (8), Colombia (3), Nigeria (2), El Salvador (1), Laos (1), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan (1) and Vietnam (1). More Info...
Published: March 27th 2018

Federal grand jury indicts Guatemalan man who used a suspected pipe bomb in West Texas bank robbery

Eddie Estuardo Galindo-Mendez, 43, a Guatemalan citizen, was charged last week in a related federal criminal complaint with one count of bank robbery. He was in federal custody on other charges at the time the complaint was filed. More Info...
Published: March 21st 2018

Dallas man convicted of mortgage fraud offenses; 6 charges related to tax fraud still pending

Specifically, Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu, 45, of Dallas, was convicted of five counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. More Info...
Published: March 16th 2018

2 sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison for attempting to smuggle into Mexico a grenade launcher and semi-automatic rifle

Dulce Maria Rippstine, 38 from San Juan, Texas, and Juan Martin Segura-Olvera, 57, from Reynosa, Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera March 14 where both were sentenced to prison. Judge Olvera ordered Rippstine to serve 37 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release.  Segura-Olvera was ordered to serve 50 months imprisonment. Because Segura-Olvera is an... More Info...
Published: March 14th 2018