Human Smuggling/Trafficking

4th defendant pleads guilty for role in failed human smuggling conspiracy that left 6 dead in Southeast Texas

Mayra Chaver, 32, of Honduras, pleaded guilty to assisting an illegal alien to evade arrest. The three others charged in relation to the crime – Mexican citizens Agustin Gutierrez-Gonzalez, 33, and Ivan Dario Puga-Moreno, 30; and Elena Ruiz, 35, of Corpus Christi – had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens into the United States causing death or serious bodily injury...

13 arrested during Arkansas HSI sex trafficking operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Little Rock and Jonesboro special agents arrested 13 people and rescued three victims following an underage sex trafficking operation in Northeast Arkansas Jan. 30, 2020.

Cuban national sentenced to prison for alien smuggling operation

The sentencing came as a result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Custom 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.

Alien smuggler sentenced to 17 years in prison for shooting at border patrol agents during high speed pursuit

Roberto Ramirez, 23, of Tucson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps after previously pleading guilty August 8, 2019, to one count of transportation of illegal aliens for profit placing in jeopardy of life, three separate counts of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, and one count of possession of a firearmby a prohibited person.

Mexican woman head of smuggling ring sentenced to 10 years in prison

Brenda Yadira Gamez-Castaneda, aka Guera La Trailera, 41, of Mexico was sentenced Jan. 22 before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez to 120 months for her role in a conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. Gamez-Castaneda is illegally present in the United States and has previously been deported. She also received 24 months for illegally reentering the U.S. Her sentences will run concurrently....