(THE HAGUE) Europol Operation Shield II Report: 544 arrests and €63 million of fake pharmaceuticals and illegal doping substances seized #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.14: Europol coordinated operation Shield II, a global effort to target trafficking of counterfeit and misused medicines and doping substances: The operation was led by the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale/OCLAESP), the Finnish Customs (Tulli), the Hellenic Police/Financial Police Division (Ελληνική Αστυνομία / Διεύθυνση Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας) and the Italian Carabinieri Corps (NAS Carabinieri). It also involved law enforcement authorities from 26 countries (20 EU Member States and 7 third-party countries), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency and the private sector. The operation took place from 1 April to 15 October 2021.

#AceDailyNews Europol Report: More than 6 500 doping checks performed during Europe-wide operation Shield II

The illegal consumption of medicines out of the regulated medical supply chain generates demand for the trafficking of illegally obtained genuine medications and of counterfeited pharmaceutical products. Medicines are abused for different reasons, including for psychotropic or performance-enhancing effects. Users inject non-injectable products such as sublingual pills, patch contents, and eye-drops, or consume them without a medical prescription.

The abuse represents a significant threat to users’ health. Even greater is that posed by the use of counterfeit medications. Contrived in underground labs with no hygiene or security procedures in place, these products often contain harmful ingredients. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals have further invested efforts into counterfeiting medications that are in the highest demand. To increase their profits, criminal networks have focused on distributing fake “corona-cures” and counterfeiting medical devices and sanitisers, which are then sold online.

During Operation Shield II, law enforcement officers targeted criminal groups trafficking doping substances (hormone and metabolic regulators) and various medications such as anti-cancer drugs, erectile dysfunction medicines, pseudoephedrine, painkillers, antioestrogens, antivirals, hypnotics, antihistamines and anxiolytics.

Operation Shield II in a nutshell

  • Seizures worth nearly €63 million 
  • More than 25 million units of medicines and doping substances seized
  • 544 suspects arrested
  • 634 individuals reported to judicial authorities
  • 33 organised crime groups investigated
  • 37 companies investigated
  • 5 clandestine laboratories seized
  • 283 websites shut down
  • 1 029 websites monitored
  • 1 397 judicial cases opened 
  • 2 809 athletes controlled ‘in competition’ (28 positive)
  • 3 919 athletes controlled ‘out competition’ (4 positive)

Seizures include

  • 3 million COVID-19 medical devices units 
  • 3.5 million packages of medicines    
  • 18.5 million tablets
  • 600 000 vials/ampoules    
  • 2 500 litres of raw materials
  • 47 tonnes of raw materials

Doping and “corona-cures” at the top of the seizures list

Traffickers target mainly non-professional athletes, selling illegal doping substances mostly either through social media accounts or in person. Many athletes from certain sports groups are often interested in doping substances, with products differing from one sport to another depending on the desired enhancement effect. The illegal market of performance-enhancing drugs has remained relatively unchanged, while the amount of COVID-19-related medicinal trafficking has significantly decreased. Law enforcement authorities have intercepted several fraud attempts targeting national bodies, offering medicines and medical devices such as facemasks and sanitisers. At the same time, the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines within the legal supply chain created a disadvantageous situation for criminals seeking to feed an illegal market.

Operational highlights

Fake food supplements off the market

Adverts for food supplements, claiming to be made of natural ingredients but in fact containing the pharmaceutical ingredient Sildenafil, were spotted online. The investigation by law enforcement authorities under Operation Shield in Italy and Spain led to six arrests and the seizures of 2 500 packages of food supplements.

Underground lab closed 

Spanish authorities dismantled an underground lab and arrested 21 individuals. During the raids of 20 locations, the officers seized more than 3 million doses of medicines and 65 kg of active ingredients. The lab produced two “brands” with 30 sub-products, and had the capacity to manufacture 1000 kg of drugs per year. 

Illegal production of sedatives targeted

A joint investigation of Hungarian and Norwegian authorities, supported by Eurojust, led to the dismantling of a criminal network producing fake medicines in Hungary and selling them in Norway. The actions led to five arrests and the seizures of 9 million counterfeit tablets, two tablet machines, more than a hundred thousand medicine bottles, and tens of thousands of stickers used to mark bottles.

Catherine De Bolle, Europol’s Executive Director highlighted:

“Joint law enforcement efforts have successfully curtailed the trafficking of COVID-19-related counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Fewer seizures of COVID-19-related drugs during Operation Shield II show that the rapid analysis of the situation and the proactive approach from the start of the pandemic has confined the spread of potentially dangerous counterfeits. On the other hand, the use and trafficking of illegal doping substances is a growing threat for the safety of society and the health of athletes. Operation Shield II strengthens the fight against doping by bringing regulators and law enforcement authorities closer, to ensure healthier sport and safer treatments.”

OLAF Director-General Ville Itälä said:

“Under Operation SHIELD II, OLAF led a targeted action against counterfeit and substandard hormonal substances, food supplements and medicines for erectile dysfunction. 17 EU countries took part in the targeted action. Together, we discovered various irregularities and kept away from the EU market 254 731 tablets and 131 027 vials of various medicines, as well as 278 kg of food supplements. It is quite sad to see how criminals will not hesitate to put people’s health on the line to make profit. I am pleased that we could once again work closely with Europol and with national authorities to protect the health of consumers, public revenues and legitimate business.’’

Europol supported the investigation with operational coordination and analysis. Europol supported the actions through the deployment of experts on-site to crosscheck operational information in real-time and provide support to the investigators in the field. Europol also provided technical expertise during the operational activities. 
Europol’s IPC3 (Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition), which supported the investigation, is a project to combat intellectual property crime co-funded by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).  

EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

Third-party countries: Bosnia Herzegovina, Colombia, Georgia, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the United States.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Dec.15: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Justice Dept Court Report: Two Guatemalan nationals were extradited to the United States from Guatemala on Friday to face international narcotics trafficking charges #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – DEC.14: They made their initial court appearance in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11. They are detained pending their appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Leaders of the Lorenzana Drug Trafficking Organisation Extradited on International Narcotics Trafficking Charges

Guatemalan nationals Haroldo Geremias Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Chuci, aka Chuchy, and Marta Julia Lorenzana-Cordon, aka Julie, aka Yulie, aka Julia and aka Morena, were extradited from Guatemala to the United States on Dec. 10 to face international drug trafficking charges.

According to allegations contained in court documents, the defendants were leaders of the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization. According to court documents, the Lorenzana drug trafficking organization, a historically patriarchal criminal group comprised primarily of family members, is one of the largest and most influential drug cartels in Guatemala. The organization transports tonnage quantities of cocaine from Colombia into Guatemala, where the cocaine is inventoried and stored on properties owned by the organization throughout Guatemala. Once processed, the organization works with the Sinaloa Cartel, among other organizations, to traffic cocaine into Mexico, through Central America, and eventually, into the United States.

According to court documents, between 1996 and 2019, the organization coordinated the transportation, storage and distribution of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia to Central America and Mexico, for eventual distribution into the United States. Their siblings, Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon and Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon, were convicted on international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of Columbia in March 2019. Their father, Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima Sr., pleaded guilty to international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of Columbia in August 2014. Eliu and Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon received life sentences. Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima received a 23 year sentence.

In April 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Haroldo, along with his father and two brothers, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their role in facilitating the narcotics-trafficking activities of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala. OFAC subsequently designated Marta Julia as an SDNT in November 2012.

A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment against Haroldo on March 10, 2009. In November 2019, Haroldo was arrested by Guatemalan authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request by the United States, where he remained detained pending his extradition. A grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment against Marta Julia on July 23, 2020. In April, Marta Julia was arrested by Guatemalan authorities, pursuant to an extradition request by the United States, where she remained detained pending her extradition.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it will be unlawfully imported to the United States. If convicted, they each face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is part of “Operation Slipknot,” which is supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Drug Enforcement Administration’s 959/Bilateral Investigations Unit is investigating with assistance from the DEA Guatemala City Country Office.

Trial Attorneys Imani Hutty and Teresita Mutton of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section are prosecuting the case. The Office of International Affairs and Office of Enforcement Operations also provided significant assistance.  

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Dec.14: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA/BORDER FORCE REPORT: 18 people arrested with suspected links to an organised crime group involved in the supply of boats which could each carry between 40 and 60 people from France to the UK. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: National Crime Agency officers have been involved in an international operation which has seen the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in the smuggling of people from France to the UK in small boats.

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: International operation sees network of small boat people smugglers dismantled in France

The operation saw 18 people arrested by OCRIEST, the French border police unit targeting immigration crime with assistance of additional French border policing partners, in the Calais, Le Havre and Paris regions of France. Over 100,000 euros were also seized in cash and bank accounts.

The organised crime group were involved in the supply of boats which would each be able to carry between 40 and 60 people.

The network would then arrange departures from the shore of northern France, recruiting migrants in the various camps there. They would each be charged around six thousand euros for the journey to the UK, which some of those arrested would then seek to launder.

NCA intelligence and international network officers worked with colleagues in OCRIEST and other international partners to target and identify those who were arrested.

Those held in the operation included nationals of Iraq, Pakistan, Romania and Vietnam, and they will all now be subject to French judicial proceedings.

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson said:

” We look to target and disrupt organised crime groups involved in people smuggling at every step of the route.

“Much of this criminality lies outside the UK, so we have built up our intelligence sharing effort with law enforcement partners in France and beyond.

“This includes having NCA officers based in those countries, sharing intelligence and working side by side on joint investigations.

“This approach is bringing operational results in the form of arrests and prosecutions, as we have seen with this particular case.

“Much of this work is necessarily covert, but we know it is having an impact.

“We are continuing to look at ways to disrupt the supply of vessels to people smuggling OCGs, and target those who knowingly do so.

“Earlier this year we issued an alert to the UK maritime industry to raise awareness, and we are working with partners in the EU to do similar there.”

The NCA has a team of liaison officers based in France working on investigative activity with French partners both as part of Project INVIGOR, the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce, but also on wider threats that require Anglo-French law enforcement co-operation.

This means NCA officers on the ground in France, not just exchanging intelligence but working with the French police to collaborate on both proactive and reactive investigations, including those with a particular focus on small boats threat.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.26: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) ICE/HSI Operation Kaluna Report: To make the interdiction of wildlife trafficking a global priority by protecting wildlife from poachers and the transnational criminal organisations who profit from illegal trade #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: HSI is committed to putting a stop to the illegal multi-billion-dollar wildlife trafficking industry and the criminal organizations behind it,” said Patrick McElwain, HSI International Operations Assistant Director.

#AceDailyNews ICE/HSI Report: An investigation leads to arrests for ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking with the most recent by HSI Seattle, in conjunction with the Department of State, DOJ, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CBP, Seattle Police Department and HSI Nairobi, spearheaded the investigation that led to Herdade Lokua, 23, and Jospin Mujangi, 31, of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and Lacey Act violations for trafficking elephant ivory and white rhinoceros horn from DRC to Seattle, Nov. 3.

The illicit trade in wildlife has national security implications, to include economic instability, restraints to biodiversity, and can even cause human disease outbreaks. Most notably, the illegal trade is endangering wildlife worldwide, and pushing species such as the rhinoceros, elephant, and tiger towards extinction. The cooperation and information sharing between HSI, US Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, US Fish and Wildlife Service and local law enforcement has led to multiple operational and intelligence information exchanges in support of their shared mission in eradicating illegal wildlife trafficking.”

The 11-count indictment alleges that Lokua and Mujangi worked with a middleman to smuggle four packages into the United States. In August and September, 2020, the defendants sent three shipments containing a total of about 49 pounds of ivory by air freight to Seattle. In May, they sent another package with approximately five pounds of rhinoceros horn. At the same time, the defendants conspired to conduct large transactions via ocean freight, offering the buyer more than two tons of elephant ivory, one ton of pangolin scales, and multiple intact rhinoceros horns. On Nov. 2, they arrived in Washington State to negotiate the details of such a deal and were arrested in Edmonds.

The arrests and indictment are part of “Operation Kuluna,” an international operation conducted between the Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Seattle, the Government of the DRC, and the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC. The investigation is ongoing – immediately after the arrests, the task force in DRC acted on information provided by HSI-Seattle to seize 2,067 pounds of ivory and 75 pounds of pangolin scales in Kinshasa worth approximately $3.5 million, all contraband related to wildlife trafficking.

In order to conceal the tusks and horn, the indictment states that Lokua and Mujangi had them cut into smaller pieces which were painted black. They were then mixed with ebony wood to avoid detection by customs authorities. The packages were all declared as “wood” with values between $50-$60. The buyer paid the defendants $14,500 for the ivory and $18,000 for the horn. Lokua and Mujangi also sold 55 pounds of pangolin scales to a U.S. buyer but ultimately did not ship them.

The indictment further alleges that the defendants paid bribes to authorities in Kinshasa in order to ship the merchandise, and discussed how larger shipments would be packed in 20-foot shipping containers and concealed in timber or corn in order to avoid detection. The investigation in DRC is ongoing.

HSI uses its customs authorities to investigate illegal wildlife smuggled over the border through concealment and a variety of fraudulent schemes and practices including false invoicing, false claims of origin, false markings/labeling, misclassification and false description.

The Lacey Act is the nation’s oldest wildlife trafficking statute and prohibits, among other things, falsely labeling shipments containing wildlife. The United States, DRC, and approximately 181 other countries are signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (“CITES”). CITES is an international treaty that restricts trade in species that may be threatened with extinction. CITES has permit requirements for protected wildlife, and the indictment alleges that the defendants did not obtain any of the necessary papers or declarations from DRC or the United States.

The CITES treaty has listed the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) as a protected species since 1975 and the African elephant (Loxodanta africana) since 1977. All species of pangolin were added to the CITES appendix with the greatest level of protection in 2017. All three mammals are threatened by poaching and habitat loss.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment for the smuggling and money laundering charges and five years for the conspiracy and Lacey Act violations.

For more information on HSI’s investigative role in combating wildlife trafficking, please contact the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at 703-603-3916, or call the HSI Tip Line, 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or report tips online.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.21: 2021:

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(LONDON) Essex Police Ant-Slavery Day Report: Tens of thousands of people enter Essex every day using Stansted Airport, our ports, roads and rail network: Our transport hubs are vital for our day-to-day lives, but are also used by criminals to traffic people against their will #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: They may be threatened with violence, forced into debt they will never be able to pay back, or threatened with deportation by those exploiting them: Many of the victims are attempting to escape poverty and support their families.

#AceDailyNews reports on Essex Anti-Slavery Day: Modern slavery sees individuals trapped in jobs where they may be paid little or no money, are unable to move around freely because they have their documents taken from them and have no means of escape.

The two most common forms of modern slavery are forced labour – often working on farms or construction sites – and sexual exploitation, where men and women are coerced into prostitution.

In 2019, there were 10,000 potential victims of slavery identified in the UK.

To mark Anti-Slavery Day (Monday 18 October), officers have been working alongside partner agencies at Stansted Airport to alert travellers to the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) and tell them who to contact if they suspect it’s taking place.

This follows on from Project Aidant, which saw coordinated police work at Stansted, Harwich Port and in and around the M25 where automatic numberplate recognition was used to track vehicles suspected of involvement in MSHT. Lorry drivers were also leafletted at Birchanger Services.

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Officers and Border Force at Stansted Airport on Anti-Slavery Day

Detective Constable Mark Ghosh is a field intelligence officer at Stansted and the force’s lead for MSHT.

Mark works alongside the Border Force, the Home Office, and the anti-slavery charities Justice and Care and A21 to safeguard victims.

Mark’s team regularly meet incoming flights to and speak to passengers who, either by their behaviour or the possessions they bring into the country, display some of the tell-tall signs of being controlled.

He said: “Modern slavery happens is a lot closer to home and more often than people may think. A common theme with sexual exploitation is that the victim has met a boyfriend or girlfriend online through Instagram or Snapchat, and has only spoken to them once on FaceTime.

“They have one conversation with this person that purports to be in love with them and suddenly they’ve ended up in the UK for the first time with a phone number on a piece of paper. That happens surprisingly often.

“With forced labour, we tend to find the recruitment is done through social media and the victims knows nothing about the pay or where they are meant to be staying.

“But potential victims will not engage with us unless we explain what is going on. We’re there to help them, not to question their immigration status.”

Mark quoted an example of a woman from Eastern Europe who chose not to engage at the airport but later told police she’d been trafficked.

Mark said: “A female came to our attention on an inbound flight. It was winter but she was wearing only a small amount of clothing. She also appeared confused and dazed.

“A male appeared next to her and it became immediately clear that he had control of her documents and was doing all the speaking for her.

“We engaged with her and she said she’d met the man online and was in love with him. They’d been travelling across Europe and had come to settle down in the UK.

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PC Kai Ishaq with the information distributed at Harwich Port

“She had no phone, no credit or debit card, her family weren’t aware she’d travelled to the UK and she didn’t know where she was going. When Border Force searched her bag, she only had lingerie and stilettos.

“As a result, we took her back to Border Force, explained we were there to safeguard her and explain why we were concerned about her travelling with this man.”

The woman decided to continue her journey, but a follow-up call from Metropolitan Police officers was arranged at the address she headed to.

“They (the officers) visited the address several hours later,” Mark said. “The man was seen discarding drugs which gave them the power to enter the property. At that point she asked her help, and said she was being trafficked.

“Not only did she ask for help, she identified another brothel where there were other people working who were then safeguarded.”

It was later revealed the man, a Romanian, was trying to pay off his godson’s christening by trafficking the woman around Europe. He was convicted of controlling prostitution and trafficking, and deported.

If you have any information about human trafficking or modern slavery offences taking place, please tell us. Call 101, or 999 in an emergency, or report online by using the tab at the top of this page.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org
For more information about how to spot the signs of trafficking, find out more at on our MSHT page.

Or visit the websites of partner agencies Stop the Traffik, Unseen , Justice and Care and the Southend Against Modern Slavery Partnership.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.23: 2021:

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(NETHERLANDS) JUST IN: Europol Report: Twelve people have been arrested in a Europe-wide investigation into human trafficking for labour exploitation on farms and vineyards #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: The week-long operation, which was led by France and supported by Europol, involved law enforcement bodies from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands and Spain…….

#AceDailyNews reports that a major Europe-wide sting operation identifies ‘human trafficking for labour exploitation on farms & vineyards …..

The operation identified 269 possible victims of exploitation as well as 54 suspected traffickers
The operation identified 269 possible victims of exploitation as well as 54 suspected traffickers

The action week resulted in:

  • 12 arrests (8 in France and 4 in Spain)
  • 54 suspected traffickers identified (27 in France, 21 in Italy, 2 in Latvia, 4 in Spain)
  • 269 possible victims of exploitation identified, 81 of which of trafficking of human beings (17 in Cyprus, 91 in France, 134 in Italy, 24 in Spain and 3 in Latvia)
  • 704 locations (vineyards, farms and others) checked
  • 273 vehicles checked
  • 4 014 people checked
  • 126 new investigations initiated (14 in Finland, 93 in France, 2 in Italy, 9 in Latvia, 4 in the Netherlands and 4 in Spain)

Focus on seasonal workers

Law enforcement authorities carried out inspections in working places identified as more vulnerable to exploitation, such as farms and vineyards. The checks focused on the working conditions of the employees. Non-EU nationals have been identified as most vulnerable to exploitation in seasonal employments, while EU nationals are reported to be exploited in the agricultural sector year-round. The action days targeted criminal networks and facilitators involved in the trafficking of human beings, specialised in ‘brokering’ employment on the illegal market. Labour exploitation is a very lucrative criminal activity, damaging the health and rights of the victims. A successful operation in France dismantled a criminal network, which has generated an estimated € 5 million in damages for victims and authorities. During the actions against this network, authorities searched 25 locations and arrested winegrowers, service providers and intermediaries.

The fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation requires a consolidated, cross-border effort by different authorities. During this action week, the European Labour Authority organised the first joint inspection, which took place in France and involved officers from the Bulgarian General Labour Inspectorate. 

Europol coordinated the action days and facilitated the information exchange between the participating countries. Europol provided analytical and operational support 24/7 and facilitated the real-time exchange of communication between the participating authorities.  

Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol supports the 27 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime, and other serious and organized crime forms. Europol also works with many non-EU partner states and international organisations. From its various threat assessments to its intelligence-gathering and operational activities, Europol has the tools and resources it needs to do its part in making Europe safer.

EMPACT

In 2017 the Council of the EU decided to continue the EU Policy Cycle for the 2018 – 2021 period. It aims to tackle the most significant threats posed by organised and serious international crime to the EU. This is achieved by improving and strengthening cooperation between the relevant services of EU Member States, institutions and agencies, as well as non-EU countries and organisations, including the private sector where relevant. Trafficking of human beings is one of the priorities of the Policy Cycle. From 2022, the mechanism becomes permanent under the name EMPACT 2022+.

In France, a criminal network, which generated an estimated €5 million, was dismantled. Twenty-five locations were searched and a number of winegrowers, service providers and intermediaries were arrested.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.05: 2021:

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(LONDON) MET Specialist Crime Command Report: Thirteen men have been arrested – and 54 men and one male juvenile have been safeguarded – following a joint operation with the Romanian Police #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: The investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command in August 2019 after intelligence highlighted a Romanian organised crime group (OCG) operating between Romania and the UK.

#AceDailyNews says that thirteen people have been arrested in raids by MET officers and the Romania Police simultaneously executed a number of warrants in early morning raids on Tuesday, 28 September, as part of a proactive operation targeting the human trafficking of Romanian citizens to the UK: As enquires continue……

CASE NOTES: Romanian adult nationals have been recruited and trafficked to the Kingsbury area of north London to work on building sites as unskilled labourers: Four warrants were executed in Harrow and Brent. Cash and a firearm were also seized: The males were found housed in multi-occupancy addresses with mattresses covering the whole floor space. Occupants were found sleeping in extremely cramped conditions. They are now receiving support from specialist officers: Eight men have been arrested in London for human trafficking. They have been taken to a north London police station: A further five men were arrested in Romania where gold and around 250,000 Euros were seized from the OCG: Officers have been working in conjunction with the Romanian authorities on this investigation: Four warrants were executed in Harrow and Brent. They were carried out with the assistance of officers from the Taskforce’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) and Romanian Police: Those arrested are aged between 22 and 49 years old. They have been arrested for a variety of offences, including causing another to complete forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking contrary to the modern slavery act 2015.

Detective Constable Dec Wilson, from Central Specialist Crime, said: “These arrests in the UK and abroad are the result of working closely with our partners in Romania for the past 18 months, to identify those involved in the human trafficking and labour exploitation: This Eurojust Joint Investigation Team should serve as a warning to other organised crime networks that the Met is committed to working with international law enforcement to target those committing modern day slavery offences in London: We need the public’s help as they have an important role to play in recognising and reporting modern slavery. If you suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, report it. You will always be taken seriously, and protection and support is available: Often those affected do not see themselves as potential victims of labour exploitation and many will have been coerced into this life to make money for an organised crime network: We believe there are victims of modern slavery in every borough across London and the public may encounter them every day, possibly without realising. As well as being exploited for labour, victims have been found working in construction, domestic servitude, agriculture, cannabis factories and in places you use yourself, such as car washes, barbers and nail bars: Victims are often told the police and authorities in the UK are not to be trusted and with limited English the victims are unable to seek help, even if they want to.”

If you suspect that you, or someone you have come into contact with, may be a victim of modern slavery or trafficking and require support, please call The Salvation Army’s 24 hour confidential referral helpline on 0800 808 3733. This is the best way to get support to anyone you suspect might be a victim……………….You can also report a suspicion or seek advice through the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…………….You can also report to the police online or by calling 101, in case of an emergency dial 999. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.29: 2021:

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(COOKEVILLE, Tenn.) Justice Dept Court Report: Seven men face felony charges following an undercover operation aimed at addressing human trafficking in Middle Tennessee #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.23: HSI is proud to have been a part of this successful human trafficking operation,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. “Working in concert with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in operations like this results in multiple perpetrator arrests and the rescue of victims of these heinous crimes.”

#AceDailyNews reports that a human trafficking investigation results in seven arrests during the two-day joint operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), TBI Human Trafficking Unit and Human Trafficking Task Force, Cookeville Police Department, and the office of 13th Judicial District Attorney’s office sought to identify individuals seeking to purchase illicit sex from minors and recover potential victims of human trafficking:

Authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases.

Those arrested include:

  • Michael Blair, 68, of Sparta, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution of a minor.
  • Daniel Dubree, 41, of Cookeville, Tennessee, charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
  • Christopher Garcia-Perez, 18, of Washington, North Carolina, charged with patronizing prostitution of a minor.
  • Steven Howard, 58, of Cookeville, Tennessee, charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
  • Jonathan McDonald, 37, of Sparta, Tennessee, charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
  • David McGee, 26, of Cookeville, Tennessee, charged with trafficking for a commercial sex act.
  • Eric Trobaugh, 34, of Celina, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution of a minor and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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(INDIANAPOLIS) Federal Court Report: 24-Members of a Drug Trafficking Ring Have Been Sentenced to Various Terms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.14: The organisation operated in and around the historic Haughville neighborhood in Indianapolis from April 2018 to January 2019. A federal grand jury in Evansville indicted the members of this organisation in January 2019.

#AceDailyNews reports that Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress of the Southern District of Indiana announced that a drug trafficking ring consisting of at least 24 people have been sentenced in federal court ….

According to court documents, from April 2018 and continuing through January 2019, 24 members of a drug trafficking ring would sell large quantities of illegal substances in and around the near westside of Indianapolis. Jshane Trice and Terrence Stum directed the illegal activities of the methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine trafficking organization. The other members of the organization would assist Trice or Stum by distributing the drugs, purchasing drugs for redistribution, prepare the drugs for distribution, transport the drugs for distribution and conceal the drugs on other members behalf.

“This investigation is a great example of law enforcement working together to address citizens’ concerns about narcotics trafficking in their neighborhoods,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress. “Using combined resources to attack these criminal organizations works and I want to thank our federal, state and local partners for their help in dismantling this high-level narcotics organization within Indianapolis.”

Below are the individuals who were indicted, prosecuted and sentenced to federal prison:

•     Jshaun Trice – sentenced to 210 months and five years supervised release
•     Terrence Stum – sentenced to 262 months and five years supervised release
•     Demetrick Holder – sentenced to 72 months and three years supervised release
•     Gerald Hoskins – sentenced to 36 months and three years supervised release
•     Darryl Allen – sentenced to 240 months and five years supervised release
•     Eric Bard – sentenced to 262 months and five years supervised release
•     Dustin Manuel – sentenced to 96 months and five years supervised release
•     Kelvin Washington – sentenced to 60 months and four years supervised release
•     Devin Jones – sentenced to 30 months and three years supervised release
•     Adrian Myles – sentenced to 60 months and five years supervised release
•     Christopher Hill – sentenced to 120 months and five years supervised release
•     Robert Hadley – sentenced to 72 months and four years supervised release
•     Danny Jenkins – sentenced to 118 months and four years supervised release
•     Antonio McClure – sentenced to 160 months and five years supervised release
•     James Gibson – sentenced to 124 months and five years supervised release
•     Carlo Payne – sentenced to 160 months and five years supervised release
•     Thomas Acord – sentenced to 108 months and three years supervised release
•     Alton Brown Sr. – sentenced to 121 months and five years supervised release
•     Steven Savage – sentenced to time served and four years supervised release
•     Derrick O’Connor – sentenced to 60 months and three years supervised release
•     Melissa Kidwell – sentenced to time served and four years supervised release
•     Jacqueline Huffman – sentenced to 60 months and four years supervised release
•     Jacob Jones – sentenced to 140 months and five years supervised release
•     Allen Brown – sentenced to time served and four years supervised release

Multiple law enforcement agencies contributed to the prosecution of this case, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Indiana State Police and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Peter A. Blackett and Michelle P. Brady prosecuted this case for the government.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) 
investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug  
traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the 
United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages 
the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.14: 2021:

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(LONDON) Harrow Crown Court Report: A man and a woman have been jailed after a police investigation found they were trafficking young women from Brazil to London to exploit them as sex workers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.01: They each pleaded guilty at the same court on Monday, 9 August to four counts of controlling prostitution. In addition, Edani pleaded guilty to three counts of arranging/facilitating travel for the purpose of exploitation while Stanley pleaded guilty to two counts of the same charge.

#AceDailyNews reports that two jailed people a man and a woman have been jailed for trafficking and exploiting young women as sex workers the court heard that the Brazilian women came to the UK expecting to be taking an English course that would last a few weeks – with their flight, passports, studies and accommodation paid for by Edani and Stanley.

Edani [left] and Stanley [right]

Shana Stanley, 29 (01.01.92) and Hussain Edani, 31 (20.05.90), both of Northolt Road, Harrow, were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 27 August.

Stanley was sentenced to three years and seven months while Edani was sentenced to eight years and two months.

However, the women were soon stopped from attending the courses and instead were exploited into working as sex workers to pay back the costs they had incurred.

They were ordered to make at least £500 a day – often having between 15 and 20 clients a day, but they were only paid a weekly wage of £250 to £300.

Hidden cameras were installed in the victims’ rooms and they were threatened with footage being sent to their families if they did not do as they were asked.

One of the victims told police that she was ‘sold a dream that turned into a nightmare.’

The investigation by the Met’s Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation Team began on 22 March 2020 when police were called to an address in south Harrow where a woman told officers she was being kept as a slave and she wanted to go back to Brazil.

The court heard the victim had an argument with her ‘line manager’ – Stanley – that night over money. Stanley left the flat but soon returned and took all of the victim’s money as well as her passport before threatening her. The victim managed to call police and shout for help, but she was pushed by Stanley and the call dropped. Stanley left telling her she had ‘signed her own death warrant.’ The victim managed to take photos of Stanley on her phone before calling police back. Officers attended and safeguarded her.

The victim showed officers the photo of Stanley and told them her name.

A fuller picture of Edani and Stanley’s criminal operation came to light the next day when detectives took a statement from the victim. The victim began attending the English course in Manchester before she was contacted by Stanley and asked to go to London.

The next day Stanley took her shopping and paid for clothing and lingerie before sending her back to Manchester. Soon after she returned to London and met Stanley who told her she would no longer be attending the course. Instead she was given a contract to sign to ‘sell her body,’ being told if she did not sign it she would not be able to go back to Brazil. The victim told officers that at the time she thought signing the contract was her only way out.

She was taken to a flat in south Harrow and a hidden camera was installed in her bedroom, which Stanley said was for her safety. She was also given a mobile phone which she was ordered not to turn off so her movements could be tracked.

Stanley told her if she did not work as directed she would end up homeless on the streets of London and would never see her family again – who thought she was a cleaner.

She continued working until 22 March 2020 when she called the police following her argument with Stanley.

By speaking with the victim, detectives were able to identify another woman who had been trafficked from Brazil by the duo and exploited as a sex worker. She travelled with another woman and they had both believed they were coming over to study English.

They stayed in a hotel in Heathrow for several days before they met with Stanley, who said they would be put in a flat and would wear lingerie bought by her and meet with clients. Again they were told they should make £500 a day and would be paid £250 a week plus £50 for food, working from 10am/11am to midnight.

They were also taken shopping by Stanley and then photographed in the lingerie for an online advert. They were given work phones, which again tracked their movements, and Stanley’s number was saved as a contact under ‘manager.’ They communicated with her over WhatsApp where she sent client bookings. Cameras were also installed in their rooms and the women believed that Stanley monitored this CCTV on her mobile phone.

The women were not allowed to make friends and were escorted to the English course, which they were soon stopped from attending.

Both women eventually managed to escape from Stanley and Edani’s grasp.

On 15 April 2020, officers executed three search warrants at addresses in Wembley and they arrested Edani and Stanley. From these addresses, detectives seized several mobile phones and documentation linked to the ‘business’ and the victims. Detectives also found a hand-drawn company diagram which had Edani at the top, Stanley below as’ manager’ and then ‘girls’ underneath.

At Stanley’s address, officers seized various items including, mobile phones, a diary with price lists and appointments and multiple containers of condoms.

The documentation seized led detectives to a fourth victim – a UK national and law student who was recruited before the Brazilian victims by Edani under the pretence that he could get her modelling work. She had meetings with Edani and Stanley – who she believed to be her modelling agent – at luxury hotels in London and was told if she was serious about modelling she would have to move to London.

Shortly after she moved into a flat in Wembley with Stanley and again was taken shopping – believing the lingerie was for a modelling shoot.

The victim went out with friends while waiting for ‘work’, with the outings covered by Stanley. After a few weeks the victim found herself in the same as the other victims. She owed money and, not knowing how to get out of the situation, reluctantly agreed to work for Edani and Stanley. She managed to leave in August 2019.

All the victims told officers that Edani was the ‘boss’ and Stanley was their ‘line manager’ who also posted adverts online and arranged clients for them. The ‘business’ was portrayed to be a legal escort agency and if the women chose to go beyond that, for example taking money for sex, it was outside their knowledge.

However, the court heard that not only were the victims working as sex workers with the defendants’ knowledge, but also at their direction and under their control.

The defendants’ bank records showed thousands of pounds in cash being deposited into them, showing the financial gain they made from exploiting the victims. 

Detective Constable Pete Brewster, the investigating officer, said: “Edani and Stanley lured their victims with false promises before manipulating them and exploiting them for their own financial gain. They had absolutely no regard for the victims or their wellbeing, including making them work long hours for very little in return – even when they were unwell. All they cared about was how much money they could make: The Met remains absolutely committed to doing all we can to protect women and girls, including those who are exploited by people like Edani and Stanley: Thanks to the courage and bravery of the victims, we were able to gather overwhelming evidence which resulted in Edani and Stanley having no option but to plead guilty, preventing them from harming others: The Met takes all reports of modern slavery extremely seriously and is committed to prosecuting those who engage in this pernicious crime. I would encourage anyone who has suffered from these kind of offences to contact police where they will be treated sensitivity and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.01: 2021:

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(MESA, Ariz.) ICE/HSI REPORT: Special agents joined the East Valley Human Trafficking Taskforce (EVHTTF) on a two-day “Buyer Reduction” or sting operation, which resulted in 18 arrests #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: The operation was led by the Mesa Police Department. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Scottsdale and Tempe Police departments also participated in the investigation.

#AceDailyNews reports that ICE/HSI Phoenix assists in multi-agency operation, 18 men arrested on prostitution and other charges that took place on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, law enforcement staged in the area of South Country Club Drive and US 60 in Mesa, Arizona, to conduct online chats that offered prostitution services in an effort to identify and apprehend customers of sex trafficking victims.

Attempted Sex Conduct with a Minor; Child Prostitution with a Minor under 15; Money Laundering; Prostitution

All 18 men arrested over the two days solicitated adult prostitution, and one was also charged of attempted sex conduct with a minor, child prostitution with a minor under the age of 15, money laundering and prostitution.

HSI and local law enforcement routinely partner to conduct operations of this type in a continuous effort to reduce the demand that fuels trafficking and exploitation of children in our community. The following suspects solicited various sex acts and were arrested.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.15: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: Leader of Transnational Money-Laundering Network Pleads Guilty to Aiding Drug-Trafficking Organizations, While Co-Conspirator is Sentenced #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.04: According to court documents, Xizhi Li, 48, played a leadership role within a years-long conspiracy to use a foreign casino, foreign and domestic front companies, foreign and domestic bank accounts, false passports and other false identification documents to launder money on behalf of transnational drug-trafficking organizations, whose main drug-trafficking activities involved cocaine.

#AceDailyNews reports that Chinese national and naturalised U.S. citizen pleaded guilty yesterday to his involvement in a conspiracy to launder at least $30 million in drug proceeds on behalf of foreign drug-trafficking organizations. Another Chinese national was sentenced to seven years in prison today for his role in the same conspiracy…

The defendant dealt directly with members of drug-trafficking organizations or their representatives to obtain and service “contracts” to move their drug proceeds. Once the defendant and his co-conspirators obtained a “contract” to launder drug proceeds, they would engage in financial transactions that were designed to conceal the illicit source of the original funds, in return for the payment of commissions.

“The defendants laundered millions of dollars on behalf of drug traffickers through the global financial system in a manner that concealed the source and nature of the illicit funds,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Global money-laundering networks enable drug cartels to profit from their deadly trade, and yesterday’s guilty plea and today’s sentence underscore the Justice Department’s commitment to dismantling the financial infrastructure of transnational criminal organizations to take the profit out of crime. This plea and sentence would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our federal law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.”

“This prosecution demonstrates the enormous value of collaborating with agencies across the government and with our international partners to dismantle and hold accountable transnational criminal organizations that pose a significant danger to the public,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The far-reaching conspiracy in this case involved the laundering of millions of dollars of illegal proceeds on behalf of transnational drug-trafficking organizations through the use of a casino, front companies, foreign and domestic bank accounts, false identification documents, and bulk cash smuggling. We greatly appreciate the essential and innumerable contributions from our partner agencies, all of whom worked closely together to thoroughly follow the facts and evidence that led to the unraveling of this multimillion-dollar money-laundering scheme.”

“DEA’s mission is to make our communities safer and healthier, which means bringing to justice the most dangerous individuals and organizations that traffic drugs in the United States and around the world,” said Administrator Anne Milgram of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Through the collective efforts of the DEA and our law enforcement partners, we relentlessly pursue individuals, like the one here, who allegedly laundered more than $30 million in drug profits.”

“The successful outcome of this complex, multi-year investigation is owed to dogged determination by the dedicated men and women of the Drug Enforcement Administration, working closely with our federal law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott of DEA’s Louisville Division. “We will continue to be relentless in our efforts to stop transnational criminal organizations from operating within our borders, and we will use every tool available in our mission to protect the American people.”

Co-defendant Tao Liu, 46, of Hong Kong, helped to execute the money laundering scheme. At times, Liu accepted bulk drug cash on behalf of Xizhi Li, which he later deposited into bank accounts that Li provided. Additionally, Liu was the target of a months-long undercover investigation during which he attempted to bribe what he believed was a corrupt U.S. Department of State official to obtain U.S. passports for individuals, including Liu himself, who were not otherwise entitled to use or possess such documents. This purportedly corrupt official was actually an undercover DEA agent. Liu agreed to pay $150,000 per passport as part of this scheme.

Li pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 26 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison as well as a $10-million forfeiture money judgment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Liu pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and a separate bribery charge on April 14 and was sentenced today to seven years in prison.

On April 14, co-defendants Jiayu Chen, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, and Jingyuan Li, 49, of San Gabriel, California, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. On July 20, Chen was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment and ordered to forfeit $2.8 million dollars.

Additionally, on June 16, Eric Yong Woo, 43, of Alhambra, California, also pleaded guilty to his role in the money-laundering conspiracy. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Finally, Jianxing Chen, 40, of Belize, was charged in the superseding indictment for his alleged involvement in this money-laundering and drug-trafficking conspiracy. He is pending extradition following his arrest in Lima, Peru. Chen was captured with significant assistance from The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

The DEA’s Louisville Division and the DEA’s Special Operations Division–Bilateral Investigations Unit are investigating this case, with assistance from the DEA’s Office of Special Intelligence, Document and Media Exploitation Unit and the DEA’s offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Omaha, Atlanta, Newark, Portland, Dallas, Mexico City, Merida (Mexico), Guatemala City, Belmopan (Belize), Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines), Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Lima (Peru), and Canberra (Australia). The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Interpol, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center (CBP – National Targeting Center) were partners in the investigation of this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Peters and Michael P. Ben’Ary and Trial Attorneys Kerry Blackburn, Mary K. Daly, and Stephen A. Sola of the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section are prosecuting the case.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Australia Department of Home Affairs, the Mexican Federal Police, the Guatemalan National Civil Police and the New Zealand Police also provided significant assistance.

This prosecution is part of two Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.04: 2021:

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(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) ICE/HSI/USMS/Report: A multi-agency operation, led by U.S. resulted in the recovery and/or location of 78 missing minors in the past two months in the area #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), resulted in the recovery and/or location of 78 missing minors in the past two months in the area.

#AceDailyNews reports that a Multi-agency operation has helped to locate & recover 78-missing minors aged 5-18yrs-old in southern New Mexico and during the two-month operation, law enforcement located a minor residing in Mexico; two investigations were initiated for child sexual abuse by relatives or friends of immediate family; one investigation was initiated for human trafficking by HSI Deming.

HSI Las Cruces and the U.S. Marshal’s Service – District of New Mexico in collaboration with the New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police Department, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Police Department, Sunland Park Police Department, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (NMAGO) and Deliver Fund, a non-profit organization, initiated Operation Rescue Me on May 1. The enforcement action focused on locating and recovering missing children in Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

“We will remain committed to our mission of protecting the most vulnerable in our communities which include at-risk children who may come from difficult home environments, face homelessness, substance abuse and online enticement. Increased risk factors contribute to a higher number of runaways which can become victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking,” Erik P. Breitzke, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations El Paso. “HSI will continue to partner with local law enforcement to reduce the number of missing children and educate the community on this increasing problem in our society.” Breitzke’s area of responsibility includes Southern New Mexico and West Texas.

“This initiative to locate and rescue missing children addresses our most vulnerable population and will remain one of the priorities of the United States Marshals Service,” said Sonya K. Chavez, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “The results of this operation are an example of the strong law enforcement partnerships and collaboration between many agencies and this is a key component in addressing this critical area.”

The minors ranged in age from 5 to 18.

As a result of the operation:

  • Three minors were recovered
  • 75 minors were located
  • Two minors remain outstanding
  • The minors recovered and located were offered services that help identify the potential exploitation of at-risk children

The operation, which began in May with a list of 80 minors, is ongoing.

Recovered minors are minors who were active in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system as missing and/or runaways. They were returned to their guardian or CYFD and removed from the NCIC system.

Located minors had open cases with local agencies, some were active in NCIC and others were not. The minors either returned voluntarily to their guardian or were located with friends or relatives, after which local law enforcement agencies closed their open missing minor investigations to allow them to focus resources on other investigative matters.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse and help make the internet a safer place for children.

To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196).

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.26: 2021:

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(SPRING HILL, Tenn.) ICE/HSI REPORT: An undercover investigation, aimed at addressing human trafficking in middle Tennessee, resulted in the arrest of 18 men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.18: Beginning on July 8, 2021, the operation focused on identifying and recovering potential human trafficking victims as well as identifying those seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors. Law enforcement placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases.

#AceDailyNews reports that ICE/HSI investigation results in multiple human trafficking related charges after more than two-day operation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Unit, Spring Hill Police Department, FBI and the office of the 22nd Judicial District Attorney General…..

Individuals charged and booked into the Maury County (Tennessee) Jail include:

  • Georgie George, 25, of Clarksville, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Marvin Sparkman, 29, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Steven McCanless, 26, of Culleoka, Tennessee, charged with the solicitation of a minor.
  • Ketankumar Patel, 53, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Ivan Ashley, 49, of Dania, Florida, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • David Christopher May, 26, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Andrew Myung Kim, 38, of Franklin, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Bryce Lawson, 24, of Charles, Louisiana, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Jeremiah McSpaddin, 36, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Brian Mitchell, 50, of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Nabi Rahman, 33, of Nashville, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Patrick Harris, 32, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Matthew Brewer, 47, of Centerville, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Suleiman Musa Osman, 38, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Juan Gabriel Hernandez Eufracio, 36, of Huntsville, Alabama, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Pablo Godines Cervantes, 51, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Haojie Wang, 32, of Brentwood, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Luis Diaz-Mendez, 27, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.

The investigation remains ongoing with additional charges pending.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.18: 2021:

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(U.K.) NCA/NEU REPORT: A week-long joint operation involving JOINT agencies has led to the capture of six wanted fugitives across the country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: A week-long joint operation involving the National Crime Agency’s International Crime Bureau and the police National Extradition Unit (NEU) has led to the capture of six wanted fugitives across the UK.

#AceDailyNews report on a joint operation NCA & NEU that leads to capture of six fugitives wanted for modern slavery, human trafficking and people smuggling offences overseas and was week of activity that was carried out in conjunction with partners at Interpol and all are waiting extradition ….

Image showing individual being arrested.

It saw NCA and NEU officers work together to track down a number individuals wanted for modern slavery, human trafficking and people smuggling offences in locations across the country.

The first operation took place on Monday 5 July, as officers arrested 31-year-old Romanian national Ionuţ Pătru from Brastavăţu in Romania, at an address in Merridale Road, Wolverhampton.

Pătru was wanted by the authorities in Romania to serve a five year jail sentenced for trafficking a 13-year-old girl for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The following day husband and wife Cătălin and Mihaela Didilă (aged 44 and 41) were both detained at the address they were living at in Spaines Road, Huddersfield.

Both are wanted in Romania where they are alleged to have been involved in an organised crime group involved in trafficking women and money laundering. In one case they are suspected of tricking a 17-year-old girl to come to the UK, where she was eventually forced into prostitution.

On Wednesday 7 July officers arrested British national Muzafar Sabir Sabah, 36, at his address in Pawel Road, Coventry.

Sabah is wanted by the Hungarian authorities for his role in a plot to smuggle two groups of migrants across the Hungarian-Austrian border in 2016, for which he has been sentenced to three years in prison in his absence.

The same day a separate warrant was executed on Calvert Lane in Hull to arrest Lithuanian national Tomas Žemrieta, 37.

He absconded from custody in Lithuania in 2019 after being jailed for four years for being part of an organised crime group who recruited people in Lithuania and trafficked them to the UK for the purposes of labour exploitation.

On Friday 9 July 54-year-old Bulgarian national Vihren Boychev Ignatov was arrested at his home address in Craven Street, Lincoln.

He is wanted by the authorities in Romania, who say he attempted to smuggle six migrants across the border into Bulgaria in the back of a van in September 2020.

All those detained have now appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court and are the subject of extradition proceedings.

Head of the NCA’s UK International Crime Bureau, Kathryn Clarke, said: This operation has seen the NCA work closely with Interpol and police colleagues at the National Extradition Unit to identify, track down and arrest six people wanted for serious offences overseas, living here in the UK: They thought they were out of reach but they were wrong, and as result of these arrests the British public are safer: But there is an important message to send out here and that is that the UK is not a safe haven for overseas fugitives or people involved in trans-national organised crime: We are determined to make sure wanted criminals spend their lives looking over their shoulder, knowing we are actively seeking to arrest them and return them to face justice.”

15 July 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.16: 2021:

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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Justice Dept Court Report: A recent operation resulted in the rescue of 31 victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation of the total, 14 were missing children with the youngest child being four years old and 17 were adults #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: The results of the operation were announced by Homeland Security Investigations Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Kansas City, James Wright. He was joined by Heartland Anti-Trafficking Rescue Taskforce partners from across the region in making the announcement.

#AceDailyNews reports that the HSI operation nets 82 arrests and 31 rescued from human trafficking operation that took place June 17 -26, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas, Independence and Missouri

The enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of 82 individuals who will be charged with crimes related to soliciting prostitution, commercial sex trafficking, sodomy, narcotics violations, felony assault on a police officer, sex offender registry violations and outstanding warrants.

HSI Kansas City along with, HSI Wichita, Wichita Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Health and Human Services, United States Marshal’s Service, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hutchinson Police Department conducted the operation.

The defendants in this case are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial where the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats: One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.

To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196) or visit the ICE Tip Line.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.03: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: Pakistan migrant got girl, 13, pregnant and trafficked 15-year-old, denies that he had committed a serious crime and it would breach his human rights to be deported #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.15: Rochdale grooming gang member who got a girl pregnant and trafficked a 15-year-old said ‘we have not committed that big a crime’ as he said it would breach his human rights to be sent back to Pakistan:

ROCHDALE: Grooming gang member, 51, who got girl, 13, pregnant and trafficked a 15-year-old says ‘we have not committed that big a crime’ as claims it would breach his human rights to be sent back to Pakistan,” by Katie Weston, MailOnline, June 8, 2021:

Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they are to be deported from the UK for the public good after both were part of a notorious gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against young girls.

The pair are appealing against a deportation order served last July. Khan told an immigration tribunal hearing today: ‘We have not committed that big a crime.’

He claims to have renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him ‘stateless’ and would be a bar to deportation.

Khan got a 13-year-old girl pregnant but denied he was the father then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others using violence when she complained.

He was sentenced to eight years in 2012 and released on licence four years later.

At an immigration tribunal hearing on Tuesday in London, Khan complained about the press coverage of the case.

Speaking via a videolink and through a Mirpuri translator, he said: ‘The journalists have made our lives a living hell.

‘We are not that big a criminal. We have not committed that big a crime. I’m innocent.

‘I’m not committing any crime. The journalists made us out to be big criminals.’

Khan, Rauf and two others were among nine Asian men convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in 2012.

For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls.

Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.

Khan and Rauf were among four of the gang with dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, so liable to be stripped of UK citizenship and deported, after then-Home Secretary Theresa May ruled it would be ‘conducive to the public good’ to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.

The pair, along with another man, Abdul Aziz, then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against the deprivation order, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in 2018.

But the failure to then deport any of the four, almost a decade after their convictions, has heaped public criticism on a number of home secretaries and led to anger in Rochdale, where victims were living alongside their tormentors….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.15: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: The daughter of the leader of the Mexican drug trafficking organisation known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: The six businesses were designated for providing material support to the narcotics trafficking activities of the CJNG, which was itself designated by OFAC in April 2015. Oseguera Gonzalez’s father, Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho,” who is the leader of CJNG, and her uncle, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, who is the leader of the Los Cuinis drug trafficking organization, were also sanctioned by OFAC in April 2015.

WASHINGTON: Daughter of Notorious Mexican Cartel Leader she was willfully engaging in financial dealings with Mexican companies that had been identified as specially designated narcotics traffickers by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC).

Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, 34, of Guadalajara, Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 12, 2021. According to court documents, she violated the criminal penalties of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) by engaging in transactions and dealings in property with six Mexican businesses that had been sanctioned by OFAC as specially designated narcotics traffickers in September 2015 and September 2017.

Court documents indicate that Oseguera Gonzalez was an owner of two Mexican companies designated by OFAC, J&P Advertising, S.A. de C.V., and JJGON S.P.R. de R.L. de C.V., and that she was an officer, director, or agent of four additional sanctioned businesses, Las Flores Cabanas, Mizu Sushi Lounge, Tequila Onze Black, and Operadora Los Famosos, S.A. de C.V., doing business as Kenzo Sushi. She remained an owner, officer, director or agent of those entities following their OFAC designations, and did not seek the required license from OFAC to engage in those financial transactions.

“This sentence shows that violating the Treasury Department’s sanctions of businesses and persons tied to foreign drug cartels will not go unpunished,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Kingpin Act is an important tool in the U.S. government’s unrelenting efforts to dismantle drug cartels, and we will not hesitate to prosecute those who support major narcotics traffickers by engaging in conduct that violates the act’s criminal prohibitions.”

“Today’s sentencing of a prominent individual who willfully violated the Kingpin Act to engage in criminal transactions that facilitated the CJNG organization shows our unwavering commitment to bring to justice those who disregard the law and threaten public safety,” said Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division. “Those who engage in illicit finance activities to aid the drug cartels that fill our communities with powerful and addictive drugs have no business operating without accountability.”

The Los Angeles Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case, and the Justice Department particularly thanks the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Marshals Service for their support and contributions to the case.

Trial Attorneys Brett Reynolds, Kaitlin Sahni and Kate Naseef of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section prosecuted the case.

This case received significant support from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. The OCDETF program supports investigations around the country to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations and enterprises. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.13: 2021:

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(OCOTILLO, Calif.) CBP REPORT: Patrol prevents smuggling attempt by 14-illegal -immigrants travelling from Mexico avoiding U.S ports #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: The vehicle’s path traveled from Mexico avoiding U.S. ports of entry to illegally cross into the U.S.

CBP Border Patrol Stops Smuggling Attempt U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector arrested one suspected smuggler who illegally transported 14 undocumented immigrants into the U.S., Friday afternoon.This truck stalled after the driver smuggled 14 undocumented individuals into the U.S.

2002 Gray Escalade SUT

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m., when Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) operators observed a grey 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT Sport Utility Truck drive north through the U.S./Mexico International Boundary around 22 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.

RVSS operators reported that the truck continued to travel north towards Highway 98. Agents responded to the area and observed the truck stuck on the side of the road. Agents approached the truck and observed several individuals outside of the vehicle and two attempted to flee on foot. After a brief search of the area, agents were able to apprehend 15 subjects.

Agents arrested the driver and all 14 undocumented individuals and transported them to the El Centro Sector Processing Center for processing; agents seized the vehicle.

All undocumented individuals will be processed accordingly.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.09: 2021:

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(ST LOUIS) DEA REPORT: The 49-year-old St. Louis resident pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 10yrs plus in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.09: Investigators from of the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division uncovered a cocaine, heroin and fentanyl distribution organization transporting kilogram quantities of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl from Mexico, through Texas and Florida, to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The higher echelon of the conspiracy served federal prison sentences for prior controlled substance violations in the Federal Correction Institution in Florence, Colo., beginning in the late 2000s.

Press Release DEA Report: U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig sentenced David M. Foston to 125 months in prison to 10+ Years for Trafficking Cocaine

Foston was indicted with 14 others in St. Louis in May 2019 for conspiring to distribute more than 25 kilograms of cocaine, 10 kilograms of heroin, and three kilograms of fentanyl. Throughout the investigation, law enforcement seized more than $2,036,981 from drug payments and profits, luxury jewelry and vehicles.

Throughout 2018: Foston and his co-conspirators utilized drug couriers and vehicles with concealed compartments to ship multi-kilogram amounts of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to a residence in Spanish Lake, Mo., from Houston and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Foston and his co-conspirators unloaded the drugs at the residence and distributed them throughout the St. Louis area. The proceeds from the sale of those controlled substances were stored at residences in St. Louis City and County and loaded into the concealed compartments of vehicles for transportation back to Texas and Florida:

On March 17, 2018: DEA special agents and task force officers located and seized $1,304,804.00 in drug payments from the St. Louis-based distributors in Phelps County, Mo., as a courier was traveling back to drug suppliers in Texas. On April 20, 2018, the DEA intercepted a courier in possession of 25 kilograms of cocaine destined for the St. Louis drug distributors. In July 2018, investigators seized three kilograms of fentanyl and $263,000 in drug payments from a courier’s vehicle in Oklahoma. On September 8, 2018, investigators searched the Spanish Lake residence and seized 10 kilograms of heroin:

In October 2018: St. Louis-based distributors attempted to purchase $385,000 worth of cocaine during a sting operation in a suburb of Houston. DEA investigators intercepted the courier and seized the money belonging to the other St. Louis-based distributors. The currency was to be a partial payment for 25 kilograms of cocaine, which the organization intended to distribute:

This case was investigated by DEA investigators in St. Louis, Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Detroit, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service, the St. Charles County, Mo., Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Bridgeton, Mo., Police Department, Phelps County Sherriff’s Department and Cleveland, Texas, Police Department.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.09: 2021:

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