Friday, June 3, 2011

ICE shares more than $470,000 with the Anne Arundel County Police Department

ICE shares more than $470,000 with the Anne Arundel County Police Department
Anne Arundel PD credited for their critical assistance in "Operation Texas Hold 'em"
MILLERSVILLE, Md. – Earlier today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) shared $470,407.62 in "asset sharing" funds with the Anne Arundel County Police Department which were seized during an investigation into illegal gambling businesses. The investigation was led by ICE HSI, with the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, which has 3 officers assigned to ICE HSI in Baltimore.
William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of ICE HSI in Baltimore returned the funds to Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold; Colonel James Teare, Sr., Chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department; and Captain Randy Jones, Commander of the Special Enforcement Division, Anne Arundel County Police Department.
"My office has an outstanding working relationship with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and we continue to work hand in hand to share intelligence and work toward dismantling criminal activity here in Maryland," said Special Agent in Charge William Winter. "I am pleased to share the forfeited proceeds of an illicit enterprise with the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work in this investigation. I look forward to continuing to work with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and our other law enforcement partners throughout Maryland, to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations that impact the state. By working together, we are making a big impact."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Del Rio Sector Agents Seize More Than $250K Worth of Marijuana Two Seizures Wednesday Net 300-Plus Pounds of Pot

Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents from Del Rio Sector made two marijuana seizures Wednesday totaling more than 325 pounds, with an estimated street value of $260,000.


A service canine alerted agents to the presence of marijuana in the vehicle.
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 18 pounds of marijuana hidden in the engine compartment of a vehicle driven by a Uvalde man.


Around 7 p.m., at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 57, agents from the Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station discovered nine packages of marijuana in a 1999 Dodge Durango driven by a man from Uvalde. The contraband was found in the wheel well and engine compartment after a canine alerted to the side of the truck. The driver, who was recently released from Texas Department of Corrections, was arrested and turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office, along with the marijuana, which had a total weight of 18 pounds and an estimated value of nearly $15,000.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station arrested four Mexican Nationals and seized four bundles of marijuana weighing more than 300 pounds. Agents had observed the four subjects carrying the contraband away from the Rio Grande River around a half hour earlier. A canine tracking team was deployed and agents apprehended the individuals a short time later. The bundles contained a total of 144 bricks of marijuana with an estimated value of $246,000.

The subjects and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

2 Missouri men plead guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Two local men pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to trafficking in counterfeit goods after federal agents seized hundreds of pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes and other counterfeit apparel from them. The guilty pleas resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Brent Darrell Luna, 25, of Nixa, Mo., and Lukas Antonio Rivas, 21, of Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty in separate hearings Nov. 4 to the charges contained in a July 28 federal indictment.

Luna and Rivas admitted that they sold counterfeit Nike athletic shoes and other counterfeit items at Luna's Springfield store, 417 Urban Trendz. Undercover police officers purchased shoes and other items from Luna and Rivas on several occasions. Luna opened 417 Urban Trendz after he was released from state prison in July 2008. Prior to the store's opening, the counterfeit goods were sold at other locations.

According to Luna's plea agreement, during a call that was recorded while he was incarcerated on an unrelated state offense, Luna indicated that he had invested $75,000 in purchasing the shoes and other items from a supplier in China. Luna also referred to $29,000 worth of inventory that was stored in his garage.

To avoid customs declarations or paying custom duties, Luna ordered the shoes via the Internet in small shipments of seven pairs. The shipments were sent to different residences and labeled as gifts. Rivas received between 20 and 30 shipments of shoes at his residence.

By pleading guilty Nov. 4, Luna and Rivas also agreed to forfeit to the government all the seized counterfeit goods, which included the following items: more than 600 pairs of Nike athletic shoes; 20 pairs of Timberland shoes; 45 National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) jerseys; 67 Major League Baseball (MLB) hats; dozens of jeans, shirts, belts, shoes, hoodies, and other merchandise bearing counterfeit logos from luxury brands; and $3,448.

Under federal statutes, Luna and Rivas each face up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $2 million and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert, Western District of Missouri, is prosecuting the case.

Anyone with information related to counterfeit merchandise is encouraged to contact law enforcement. The public may also call ICE's 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1 (866) DHS-2ICE.

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