ICE Headline News Feed by State - Florida

ICE Headline News Feed by State


09/14/2020 12:00 PM
Registered sex offender convicted of child sex crimes
Vince Edward Lasane, 48, Orlando, faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 30, 2020. Lasane was indicted on November 13, 2019.
09/11/2020 11:45 AM
County library employee arrested for child exploitation production
Kurt Batucan Sheldon, 29, of Interlachen, faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to 50 years, in federal prison.
09/04/2020 03:00 PM
ICE HSI, partner agencies announce success of narcotics operation
The investigation initially began in the City of Fort Myers and focused on identifying and eradicating major narcotics suppliers within the city. During the investigation, law enforcement identified multiple individuals allegedly responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine within the city, and throughout Lee County.
08/12/2020 02:15 PM
ICE HSI Tampa investigation shuts down fraudulent COVID-19 websites
As detailed in the civil complaint and accompanying court papers filed Aug.3, 2020, defendants Thu Phan Dinh, Tran Khanh, and Nguyen Duy Toan, all residents of Vietnam, are alleged to have engaged in a wire fraud scheme seeking to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic.
08/11/2020 09:30 AM
Mexican national sentenced to federal prison for illegal reentry
According to court documents, Jose Alfredo Carbajal-Espinosa, 34, a citizen and national Mexico, was previously deported from the United States to Mexico on seven occasions.
08/07/2020 10:45 AM
Canadian citizen sentenced for international fraud, money laundering ring
According to court documents, Brooks Thomas Nesbitt, 37, of Ontario, Canada, was a member of a large, international fraud and money-laundering ring, led by Mary Kathryn Marr. Between at least 2014 and 2019, Nesbitt operated boiler rooms located outside of the United States.
08/05/2020 12:15 PM
International firearms trafficker sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison
According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, between 2011 and 2018, Vladimir Volgaev, 69, of Sarasota, shipped more than 1,600 firearm components – including barrels, slides, receivers, and frames – from the United States to Ukraine. These components were used to construct fully functional firearms, including handguns and rifles.
07/30/2020 12:15 PM
Tallahassee man sentenced to 25 years for sex trafficking of minor
Dishay Henderson, 36, was sentenced last week following a January jury verdict finding him guilty of enticement of a minor to engage in prostitution and two counts of sex trafficking of a minor.
07/28/2020 01:30 PM
Repeat sexual predator receives 60-year sentence
According to court documents, in 2013 Todd Joseph Simmerman, 30, Titusville, pleaded guilty to traveling to meet a child to engage in unlawful sexual conduct, after using a computer to lure a child, in violation of Florida law.
07/28/2020 09:45 AM
ICE HSI Orlando, HSI Guatemala seize aircraft, cocaine
In March 2019, HSI Orlando received information the GIII would likely be sold and then used to transport illegal drugs. In April 2019, HSI Orlando began monitoring the aircraft.
07/24/2020 10:00 AM
Florida man charged with child pornography production
According to the indictment, between October 2015 and March 2019, Richard Earl Jenkins, Jr., 43, Jacksonville, produced child pornography. If convicted, Jenkins faces a minimum mandatory term of 15 years, and up to 30 years, in federal prison for each count.
07/21/2020 12:30 PM
Previously deported Jamaican national sentenced for illegal reentry
According to court documents, after having pleading guilty to the above offense, Conrad Paul Golding, 49, of Orlando, was placed on house arrest and given a bond that was co-signed by family members.
07/10/2020 03:15 PM
Repeat sex offender sentenced for sexually exploiting children
According to court documents, on June 17, 2019, James Edward Groover, II, 34, of Antwerp, Ohio, returned to the United States from a three-day cruise to the Bahamas, carrying his cell phone and laptop computer. Upon his entry into Port Canaveral, Florida, law enforcement agents conducted a border search of his devices and located 4,638 images and 1,763 videos depicting the sexual abuse and...
07/10/2020 10:45 AM
Florida man indicted for sex trafficking children, online enticement
According to the indictment, beginning by at least some date in 2016, Edward Alan Hardin, 33, of Pomona Park, began soliciting a child victim to engage in commercial sex acts, knowing that the victim was younger than 18 years old.
07/08/2020 06:00 PM
Man sentenced to more than 11 years for sex trafficking of minors
On June 6, 2019, Berrios-Trinidad arranged to bring two underage females to a hotel for a "sex party" with adult men. On that evening, he arrived with two girls, ages 14 and 17. Once inside the hotel room, Berrios-Trinidad was arrested, and the victims were rescued.
07/02/2020 10:00 AM
Convicted sex offender sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity
According to court documents, Richard Stephen Terry, 56, of Tampa, used the Internet to entice adult women to allow him to engage in sexual activities with their minor children. Agents identified Terry in multiple online chat rooms designed for individuals who are interested in the sexual exploitation of children, and he used the chat rooms to meet and discuss their interests and tactics.
06/08/2020 04:00 PM
ICE HSI Sarasota special agent honored
ICE HSI Special Agent Edison Sorrentini, from the HSI Sarasota office, was honored as Manatee County Officer of the Year by the Manatee Hundred Club in May.
05/14/2020 11:45 AM
ICE HSI Orlando special agent supports Running 4 Heroes
The HSI Orlando office recently honored fallen HSI Task Force Agent (TFA) Miguel Martínez-Ortiz during Running 4 Heroes. Martínez-Ortiz, a member of the Puerto Rico Police Department was a TFA for HSI San Juan and a 28-year veteran of law enforcement. He passed away on April 24, 2020, after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
03/12/2020 11:45 AM
ICE HSI joins law enforcement panel for Leadership Tampa Bay
Leadership Tampa Bay promotes the prosperity and vitality of the Tampa Bay region, enlightening local leaders to the importance of the area in the state of Florida. The group engages members with businesses and community leaders to enhance knowledge of regional assets and issues.
03/11/2020 10:45 AM
Phony immigration attorney filed more than 215 fraudulent asylum applications
According to the indictment, Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, of Brandon, owned and operated EHR Ministries Inc., and portrayed himself as an immigration attorney, pastor, accountant, immigration expert, former immigration official and former federal law enforcement officer.
03/06/2020 10:30 AM
ICE HSI Tampa graduates latest Citizens' Academy
To honor the class, HSI’s acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs, was on hand to join Sibley in presenting the class graduation certificates.
03/03/2020 06:00 PM
ICE removes former member of Guatemalan army linked to 1982 massacre
Gilberto Jordan, 64, arrived in Guatemala escorted by ERO officers on board an ICE Air Operations charter removal flight. Upon arrival, Jordan was immediately turned over to Guatemalan law enforcement officials.
02/24/2020 11:15 AM
Former DEA agent and his wife indicted for alleged roles in scheme to divert drug proceeds from undercover money laundering investigations
Jose I. Irizarry, 46, and Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry (Gomez), 36, were arrested Friday morning at their residence near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Irizarry and Gomez made their first appearance in U.S. District Court in San Juan Friday and were released on bond. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26.
02/19/2020 12:45 PM
ICE Tampa assists in rescue of endangered child
Alfredo Mendoza-Mendez, 24, a citizen and national of Guatemala was suspected by Hillsborough County Child Protective Services of child endangerment/abuse against a minor.
02/04/2020 05:15 PM
ICE HSI Orlando supports NFL Pro Bowl law enforcement efforts
HSI Orlando special agents also worked with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation organized crime section on human trafficking enforcement activities and outreach, as part of January’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month.