ICE Headline News Feed by State - Florida


12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Kidnapped daughter, mother reunited with HSI, law enforcement collaboration
The daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, 19, of Cilpancingo, Mexico, also a U.S. citizen, reached out to her mother through social media in June 2021 and the mother and daughter arranged to meet on Sept. 10, 2021, in Laredo.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Phony immigration attorney filed hundreds of fraudulent claims, sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison after HSI investigation
According to court documents, Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, of Brandon, who owned and operated EHR Ministries Inc., portrayed himself as an immigration attorney. He is not and has never been a licensed attorney.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
ICE HSI, NFL partner to prevent fake sports-related merchandise from reaching fans ahead of big game
HSI announced Wednesday, the seizure of more than 169,000 counterfeit sports-related items over the past year, worth an estimated $45 million. This announcement was made during a joint press conference in Tampa with the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Tampa Police Department (TPD).
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Ensuring public safety tops HSI’s mission at Super Bowl LV
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) will join federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to provide essential public safety efforts in and around the Tampa Bay area for Super Bowl LV. HSI personnel will be on the front lines of the interagency effort to mitigate the threat posed by criminal organizations seeking to exploit and profit from criminal activity through the identification and seizure of counterfeit goods and enhanced efforts to combat human trafficking.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Ahead of NFL Conference Championship games – ICE, CBP seize NFL, NBA and MLB counterfeit championship rings
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando seized 284 counterfeit “sports championship rings” from “Friendly Confines Collectibles,” a sports memorabilia store located in Oviedo, Florida, Jan. 14, 2021. The HSI investigation was supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Fugitive of 35 years, spouse, charged with federal fraud charges
Howard D. Farley, Jr., 72, of Weirsdale and Duc Hanh Thi Vu, 56, of Weirsdale, were indicted for passport fraud. Farley was also charged with aggravated identity theft, Social Security fraud, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and operating as a pilot without a legitimate airman’s certificate.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
Computer forensic analysts celebrate 10-year Alive Day
Wondering what an Alive Day is? An Alive Day is the anniversary of the date when a veteran almost lost their life in combat.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
International firearms trafficker arrested in ICE Tampa investigation
According to court documents, between 2014 and 2020, Ihor Radionov, 51, of Alpharetta, Georgia, co-conspirator Vladimir Volgaev, and a co-conspirator residing in Ukraine, conspired to export defense articles out of the United States, including gun barrels and slides, without a license or prior written approval from the United States Department of State.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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 exploitation of infants, toddlers and prepubescent children.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.
12/31/1969 07:00 PM
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.
12/31/1969 07:00 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.