ICE Headline News Feed by State - Florida

ICE Headline News Feed by State


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.
01/30/2020 04:00 PM
Cuban national sentenced to prison for alien smuggling operation
The sentencing came as a result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. U.S. District Kathleen M. Williams prosecuted the case against Tomas Vale Valdivia, 45.
01/30/2020 10:45 AM
ICE HSI, CBP operation seizes record-breaking $123 million of fake sports merchandise
The seizures were part of Operation Team Player, an ongoing effort developed by the HSI-led Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center to target the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit sports merchandise, and were revealed in Miami, Florida, at a joint press conference with the National Football League (NFL), HSI, CBP and the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD).
01/17/2020 01:15 PM
ICE HSI Tampa raises human trafficking awareness in region
This outreach campaign was part of January’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month and began in 2019.
01/15/2020 04:15 PM
Venezuelan attorney and businessman added to ICE Most Wanted List for conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering
Gorrin Belisario was last seen in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently remains at-large.
12/16/2019 08:30 AM
HSI, ERO support active shooter response and investigation at NAS Pensacola
Special agents, computer forensic analysts and deportation officers from the HSI Mobile, Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, Tampa and Headquarters, in addition to ERO officers from Jacksonville and Tampa, are supporting the investigation into the active shooter at NAS Pensacola.
11/26/2019 11:00 AM
ICE HSI Tampa supports area schools during Great American Teach-In
The purpose of the Teach-In is to encourage employees, businesses, community leaders, sports figures, local personalities, retirees, community volunteers and parents to become involved in education by sharing what they know with a new generation. The adults visit the classroom and talk with students about work, career challenges, hobbies and life experiences. They provide real life insights into...
11/26/2019 09:30 AM
HSI agent continues hunt for father’s killer
More than 14 years ago, the life of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Matthew Brooks and his family was changed forever with the murder of his father.
11/25/2019 05:15 PM
ICE ERO Orlando officials receive new Consul General of Colombia and reiterate commitment to transparency and collaboration
During the visit, Assistant Field Office Director (AFOD) Conrad Agagan and Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Irene Jenkins from ERO Orlando provided Bustamante and Tafur a tour of the ERO Orlando building, an ERO program overview, and stressed the agency's commitment to transparency and working in coordination with the Consulate of Colombia. They also expressed their appreciation for...
11/18/2019 04:15 PM
ICE removes former Bosnian Army prison guard
Slobo Maric, 59, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on March 27, 2017, and his U.S. citizenship was revoked for unlawfully obtaining that status by failing to disclose – during his naturalization process – his membership in the Bosnian Army and crimes he committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian Conflict in the 1990s. He was released from prison and taken into custody by ERO on Aug...
10/18/2019 03:15 PM
Broward County business owner sentenced for immigration fraud scheme
Jenny Hernandez, 51, of Parkland, Florida, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to visa fraud. Hernandez attempted to obtain visas with false information for individuals from overseas.
10/04/2019 02:30 PM
HSI computer forensic analyst honored as Tampa Bay Hispanic Hero
Nathan Cruz began his time with HSI as a HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) Child Rescue Corps and was just honored at the 2019 Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony as a Hispanic Military Hero.
09/30/2019 12:30 PM
ICE ERO Miami and Consulate of Mexico officials meet in Orlando to strengthen liaisons, services provided to Mexican nationals in Florida
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the agency’s commitment to strengthen its relationship and collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, particularly as it pertains to services and tools available to Mexican nationals under ICE custody in Northern and Central Florida.
09/26/2019 07:15 AM
Tampa tech company joins IMAGE
SRI Tech Solutions, Inc. has been recognized by Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) employment compliance program called IMAGE at a recent ceremony.
09/23/2019 02:15 PM
ICE ERO Miami, Tallahassee sub-office teams with Florida Fish and Wildlife
The purpose of Operation Na-Palm was to target the illegal harvest of Saw Palmetto Berries, specifically on Point Washington Wildlife Management Area, Deer Lake, Grayton, and Topsail Hill State Parks, as well as any private lands where written landowner permission is not granted.
09/20/2019 11:00 AM
Police officer arrested for child pornography charges
According to the complaint, an individual using the screen name “thehoff727” distributed child pornography on Snapchat, a mobile web-based communications application. Further investigation revealed that the Internet Protocol (IP) address and subscriber information associated with that account was linked to the residence of Matthew Enhoffer, 34, of St. Petersburg, a police officer with the St....
09/13/2019 12:30 PM
4 sentenced in Nottingham Crown Court for Orlando investigation
Stephen Gibson, 46, was sentenced to two years; Carlo Sen, 26, was sentenced to three years; Louise Caswell, 39, was sentenced to 15 months and Rebekah Simons, 25, was sentenced to 21 months; they are all residents of Retford, Nottinghamshire, U.K.
08/28/2019 01:00 PM
ICE RAC Cocoa Beach arrests man after online threats
HSI Cocoa Beach responded to the Port Canaveral cruise ship terminal and arrested Joseph Lee McKinney, 40, of Leander, Texas, an inbound passenger, for making the threats online several days prior on a local hotel’s website.