ICE Headline News Feed by State - Florida

ICE Headline News Feed by State

10/10/2023 12:55 PM
HSI Space Coast locates, arrests Chilean wanted for torture, extrajudicial killings
HSI Space Coast special agents, fugitive operations officers with ICE's ERO Miami’s Orlando suboffice, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office’s Volusia Bureau of Investigation, Melbourne Police Department Task Force officers, and members of the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Pedro Paulo Barrientos Nunez in Deltona on Oct. 5.
09/27/2023 04:16 PM
HSI Tampa, Ft. Myers region partners stand up task force to combat ‘modern day slavery’ of human trafficking, child exploitation
During a joint press conference Sept. 21 in Naples, authorities announced the launch of the Southwest Florida Inter-Agency Child Exploitation and Person Trafficking (SWFL INTERCEPT) Task Force. This task force is a unique public–private partnership where involved nonprofit organizations provide much-needed and hard to find resources.
09/20/2023 10:01 AM
Florida man sentenced to 60 years for child sex crimes overseas
An HSI Pensacola investigation led to the sentencing of Jason R. Moore, 43, of Milton, to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.
08/21/2023 02:50 PM
ICE represented at Women in Federal Law Enforcement conference
Award winners were recognized for particular career achievement and serve as role models for women in law enforcement.
07/07/2023 04:25 PM
ERO Miami arrests 18 noncitizens in local operation
Officers with ICE's ERO Miami Stuart suboffice and officials with U.S. Border Patrol arrested 18 unlawfully present individuals during the final week of June in an enforcement action targeting individuals who pose a threat to public safety.
06/16/2023 03:49 PM
NEFL INTERCEPT investigation leads to Florida man’s life sentence for child exploitation
Wayne Joseph Cavins, 64, of Deltona, Florida, was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. He had pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2022.
06/08/2023 10:55 AM
NEFL INTERCEPT task force nabs brothers, leads to guilty pleas for child sexual exploitation
A Northeast Florida Interagency Child Exploitation and Persons Trafficking Task Force, or NEFL INTERCEPT, investigation led to guilty pleas for brothers Joshua Thomas Brown, 28, and Jonathan William Brown, 25, both of Jacksonville.
05/05/2023 10:33 AM
DeSoto County Sheriff, SRI Tech protect employees through IMAGE program
HSI recognized the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office and SRI Tech Solutions, Inc. for enrolling in a federal employment compliance program during two recent ceremonies.
04/20/2023 11:02 AM
Former Venezuelan national treasurer and husband sentenced in money laundering, international bribery scheme
According to court documents, Claudia Patricia Díaz Guillen, 49, and her husband, Adrian José Velásquez, 43, accepted and laundered over $136 million in bribes from co-conspirator Raúl Gorrin Belisario, a Venezuelan billionaire businessman who owned Globovision news network.
03/27/2023 09:09 AM
ERO returns MS-13 gang member wanted for 3 murders in El Salvador
Juan Carlos Nolasco Chicas, a known MS-13 gang member, was turned over to the SAFE task force Mar. 24, 2023, after being removed from the U.S. as a fugitive wanted by El Salvador law enforcement authorities for aggravated homicide.
02/15/2023 05:25 PM
4 Florida men arrested in plot to kill Haitian president
The four men arrested in Florida today are Arcangel Pretel Ortiz, 50, a Colombian national and U.S. permanent resident of Miami; Antonio Intriago 59, a Venezuelan American of Miami; Walter Veintemilla, 54, of Weston; and Frederick Bergmann, 64, of Tampa.
02/14/2023 10:40 AM
ERO Miami arrests 4 as part of nationwide operation
ERO Miami officers apprehended four unlawfully present noncitizens convicted of drug trafficking or possession offenses involving methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin during a nationwide enforcement effort Jan. 23 through Feb. 6.
02/02/2023 02:03 PM
ERO Miami extradites murder suspect to Boston to face trial
ERO Miami encountered David Jean Charles Pena Melo at the Florida Department of Corrections’ Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry. He was convicted in March 2018 for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act as a noncitizen for an aggravated felony, a law relating to murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor.
01/19/2023 04:46 PM
ERO Miami arrests fake violinist
ERO Miami, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Giovanni Radu, a 22-year-old citizen of Italy who entered the United States as a nonimmigrant and violated the terms of his admission. ERO Miami detained Radu in Royal Palm Harbor.
01/13/2023 09:26 AM
ERO Miami returns 2 fugitives wanted for human trafficking, sexual exploitation in Mexico
Arianny Paola Vega-Escalona, 24, and Yubisay Delimar Sandoval Sequera, 32, departed Miami International Airport to their destination of Harlingen, Texas, where they were turned over to authorities in Mexico via the Brownsville port of entry.
12/14/2022 10:06 AM
Jamaican man sentenced more than 4 years in federal prison for obstructing deportation
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Doe was first encountered by immigration authorities in January 1985 in Miami when he attempted to enter the United States from Jamaica by claiming to be a U.S. citizen named Freddie Davis.
12/13/2022 10:16 AM
Jacksonville man sentenced for facilitating 'off the books' pay scheme
An HSI Jacksonville investigation led to the sentencing of Oscar Molina-Avila to four years and four months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. to impede the lawful functions of the IRS.
11/16/2022 11:39 AM
Honduras national wanted for homicide removed by ICE ERO Miami
Honduran national Luis Fernando Lopez-Avila, 22, was flown from Miami International Airport on a flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations Unit. Upon his Nov. 11 arrival, the fugitive was turned over to the Honduran National Police.
10/24/2022 09:26 AM
HSI Tampa fraud mission awarded by Attorney General
The Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute fraud, white collar crimes, and official corruption. For their skill, professional and dedication, an HSI Tampa benefit fraud mission task force was awarded for their efforts to safeguard the integrity of the nation’s immigration system by disrupting and preventing fraud to obtain unlawful immigration benefits.
10/07/2022 11:38 AM
HSI investigation leads to sentencing of Texas man to more than 2 decades for sex trafficking minors
Jamel Muldrew, 34, of Houston, was sentenced Oct. 5, 2022, after a TBHTTF investigation revealed that he had been trafficking the minor victim across the country to engage in commercial sex acts.
09/13/2022 12:36 PM
ERO Miami officers rescue Florida man from burning truck
Martin Mendez and Alfredo Alvarez encountered a truck engulfed in flames on a highway near the ICE Krome Service Processing Center.
09/09/2022 03:26 PM
Aggravated felon sentenced after third conviction for illegal reentry after removal
Juan Diego Arteaga-Hernandez, 34, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced Sept. 8 to four years and four months in federal prison for illegal reentry into the U.S. after removal and being convicted of an aggravated felony. Arteaga-Hernandez pleaded guilty May 11.
09/01/2022 01:24 PM
ICE delivers wanted foreign fugitive to Uzbekistan
Sharif Djabbarov is suspected of large-scale theft by the Uzbekistani authorities and human trafficking in the Dominican Republic.
09/01/2022 07:51 AM
ERO returns fugitive wanted for murder in Mexico
Marin Fuentes Baltazar, 39, departed Miami International Airport to his destination of Harlingen, Texas, where he was turned over to authorities in Mexico via the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry.
08/30/2022 01:29 PM
HSI puts IMAGE on display
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) put their voluntary collaborative program with America’s business community on display during the 2022 HR Florida Conference & Expo, Aug. 28-31, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.