(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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(WASHINGTON, D.C) Operation Iron Tire Report: Arrest of ‘Key Members’ of ‘Transnational Criminal Organisation’ to disrupt ‘International Arms Trafficking’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.07: U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Brazil Federal Police partnership resulted in the binational arrests of key members of a major Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) responsible for international weapons trafficking, and numerous other transnational crimes:

Operation Iron Tire: HSI, Brazil Federal Police execute large-scale disruption of international arms trafficking organization: On June 1, four arrest warrants and eight search and seizure warrants were carried out in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian authorities, while one arrest warrant for a U.S.-based TCO member was simultaneously executed in Orlando, Florida by HSI Miami and HSI Orlando as part of Operation Iron Tire.

The Operation Iron Tire arrests were possible due to extensive coordination and cooperation efforts between U.S. and Brazilian law enforcement: The investigation uncovered a shipment of hundreds of firearm accessories from the United States to Brazil by the TCO, passing through the International Airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to supply the largest and most dangerous transnational criminal organization in Brazil, the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC). From their origins as a Brazilian prison gang, the PCC expanded rapidly into a sophisticated international criminal network extending throughout the Americas and Europe, engaging in human and drug smuggling/trafficking, public corruption, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, and murder for hire. The weapons trafficking case is the first documented instance of PCC members procuring firearms and weapons accessories directly from the United States to Brazil. The Brazilian investigation uncovered evidence that the smuggled items has been used in a violent confrontation with law enforcement in the State of Sao Paulo that resulted in multiple fatalities. The weapons and accessories were also purchased by a drug faction that currently dominates the narcotics trade in the Rocinha area of Rio de Janeiro.

“HSI Miami is committed to investigating and prosecuting transnational criminal networks involved in the illegal exports of arms and munitions,” said Special Agent in Charge, Anthony Salisbury. “We work diligently with our international partners to pursue the criminal organizations exploiting international borders to further their illicit enterprises.”

On March 19, 2019: The Brazil Customs and Revenue Service at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport seized a total of five packages containing fifty-five high-capacity magazines for 9 mm pistols. Subsequently, the Brazil Federal Police and HSI initiated parallel criminal investigations in Brazil and the United States to identify, investigate, and prosecute those responsible for these and other shipments, originating in Kissimmee, FL, Orlando, FL, and Tucson, AZ. One of the shipments contained twenty-seven AK-47 7.62 caliber rifle magazines concealed in a spare tire, resulting in the Operation name “Iron Tire.” Several additional operations took place in the United States, including a March 2019 seizure in Miami of a spare tire containing thirty rifle magazines bound for Brazil. These seizures were the result of real-time information exchange between Brazil Federal Police, HSI Special Agents, and HSI Task Force Officers assigned to Brazil, Miami, and Tucson, AZ.

HSI Brasilia and HSI Miami led U.S. investigative efforts in Operation Iron Tire, with significant assistance from HSI Tucson, HSI Orlando, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Miami, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Miami. Brazilian investigative efforts were spearheaded by Brazil Federal Police Airport and Firearms Trafficking Groups based in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with significant assistance from the Brazil Customs and Revenue Service and the Federal Prosecution Service’s Organized Crime Unit (GAECO) in Rio de Janeiro.

As the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating and enforcing U.S. export laws, HSI Special Agents around the world are committed to combating illegal firearms, weapons accessories and munitions smuggling activities that fuel violence both domestically and abroad. HSI fulfills this commitment by establishing strong partnerships with foreign and domestic counterparts, in addition to leveraging the agency’s extensive legal authorities and expertise in conducting illegal export and international contraband smuggling investigations.

HSI is a directorate and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 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: Jun.07: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: The two leading figures in people smuggling networks thought to be behind the movements of hundreds of migrants both into and out of the UK have been arrested by officers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.21: Another five people, all licenced mini-cab drivers, were also arrested by the NCA in various locations around east London. They are accused of being involved in transporting migrants to or from lorry pick-up and drop-off points.

Operation Symbolry: People smuggling network dismantled as alleged OCG leaders are arrested: The two men, aged 52 and 28 were detained on suspicion of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration in NCA raids in Woodford Green and Bushwood, east London, this morning (Wednesday 19 May) following previous arrests over the last few months according to Priti Patel in a statement below:

Migrants safe house May 21

NCA investigators also identified a safe house in Mile End, in which 11 suspected migrants were detained. The property (pictured above) had been converted to accomodate at least 19 people, with bunk beds filling every room. Seven people were handed to the immigration authorities to be dealt with.

This morning’s operation, which involved more than 130 officers, follows a lengthy investigation by the NCA into the network, codenamed Operation Symbolry.

This identified an organised crime group with connections in both Europe and Asia, using a network of predominately Romanian lorries to move migrants across the Channel from France into Kent, or the other way round.

NCA Deputy Director of Investigations Chris Farrimond said: “People smugglers are ruthless, treating migrants as a commodity and they do not care about the safety of those they transport. We have seen this, tragically, in recent and historic mass fatalities: “ This is why tackling the gangs involved is a priority for us. The NCA alone has around 50 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals in the top tier of organised immigration crime or human trafficking – the highest harm: “ Working with partners both domestically and internationally we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the organised criminal groups involved, and we will use the full suite of powers at our disposal.”

NCA Branch Operations Manager Chris Hill said: “Operation Symbolry is a significant investigation into a wide-ranging criminal network involved in people smuggling, moving migrants illegally in both directions across the border between the UK and France: “ We believe the arrests today, coupled with the actions we have already taken, will end the activities of that network: “ Organised crime groups often rely upon enablers such as complicit lorry drivers and minicab drivers to carry out their work, offering them money to help: “ What I would say to those drivers is that if they are approached, they should tell us, either by calling police on 101 or contacting the charity Crimestoppers anonymously: “ The penalties for drivers caught smuggling migrants are severe, and I would ask those tempted by the idea to consider the potential impact on their lives and livelihoods.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel, who accompanied NCA officers on today’s operation, said: “This is a significant win for UK law enforcement. The arrests secured by the NCA have broken up a callous criminal gang and put vile people smugglers behind bars: These criminal gangs don’t care for the people they traffic. They’re treating innocent lives as a commodity and lining their pockets while people are dying: “ That is why I am delivering our New Plan for Immigration to break the business model of the people smugglers and protect the lives of those they endanger.”

Operation Symbolry has already seen seven people, including six lorry drivers, arrested and charged with people smuggling offences: Five have been convicted, after their trucks were intercepted outbound and migrants were found in the rear: They include Romanian national Marius Halmaghe, aged 36, who was stopped on the A2 in Kent on 1 October 2020, with four migrants discovered by police. He was sentenced to 31 months in prison: Three days later on 4 October 29-year-old Alexandru Fuiorea was arrested as part of an intelligence-led operation on the M2. 18 migrants were found hidden in the rear of his truck, which was heading towards Dover. Fuiorea was given a sentence of three years and eight months: On 6 November 2020 Mihai-Veleriu Postolache, aged 25, and his partner Roxana Gabriela Stan, 25, were arrested by the NCA after five migrants were discovered in their HGV as it entered the port of Dover. They would later be sentenced to 33 months and 14 months respectively: Turkish lorry driver Hakan Zengin, 36, was arrested on 21 March 2021 on the M25 and found with seventeen migrants in his lorry. He pleaded guilty to immigration offences on 7 May and awaits sentence: And 38-year-old Waqas Ikram has been charged with people smuggling offences after a lorry was broken into on 30 March 2021. Four migrants were later found after it was searched by police at South Mimms services on the M25: A further two lorry drivers had previously been dealt with by the authorities in France.

In total Operation Symbolry has led to the interception of more than a hundred migrants. Three of those found attempting to leave the UK illegally were wanted by UK law enforcement.

The investigation has been supported by the Metropolitan Police, Kent Police, Surrey Police, Hertfordshire Police, Thames Valley Police, Essex Police and Immigration Enforcement.

19 May 2021

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(FLORIDA) Justice Court Report: Canadian National Sentenced for Human Smuggling Conspiracy to 32-Months in Prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.18: During the course of the conspiracy, Chelliah worked with other human smugglers, arranging housing and transport for undocumented immigrants en route to Canada through the United States. Chelliah arranged for the individuals to be transported from the airport in Port Au Prince, Haiti, to a hotel where Chelliah housed and provided them with food. Chelliah then arranged for transportation by boat from Haiti to Turks and Caicos Islands, then to the Bahamas, and then by boat to Miami, Florida. Chelliah accompanied the individuals, including traveling with them by boat during their journey. The actions undertaken by Chelliah and co-conspirators in furtherance of their smuggling activities were done in exchange for payment.

FLORIDA: ‘A Canadian national was sentenced to 32 months in prison for conspiracy to bring undocumented immigrants to the United States for private financial gain in connection with his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented immigrants from Sri Lanka through the Caribbean and into the United States’

Sri Kajamukam Chelliah, aka Mohan, aka Richie, 55, of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, to conspiracy to bring aliens to the United States for private financial gain. Chelliah admitted to conspiring with others to facilitate the travel of undocumented immigrants from Sri Lanka through Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas to the United States from on or about July 1, 2019, through on or about Oct. 10, 2019.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida; and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami made the announcement.

HSI Miami investigated the case with assistance from the HSI Human Smuggling Unit and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The investigation was conducted under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force (ECT) program, a joint partnership between the Criminal Division and HSI. The ECT program focuses on human smuggling networks that may present particular national security or public safety risks, or present grave humanitarian concerns. ECT has dedicated investigative, intelligence and prosecutorial resources. ECT coordinates and receives assistance from other U.S. government agencies and foreign law enforcement authorities.

Trial Attorneys Rami S. Badawy and John Alex-Romano of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Dobbins of the Southern District of Florida prosecuted the case with support from HRSP Trial Attorney Jim Hepburn. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in the investigation and in securing the defendant’s extradition to the United States. The Department of Justice gratefully acknowledges the government of Turks and Caicos Islands for their valuable assistance.

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

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Court Report: A Slovakian family who traded in human misery for over a decade has been jailed for 30 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.10: They were told that other earnings were being saved for them, but few saw any returns, and some had their ID papers taken from them:

Slovakian family organised crime gang jailed for modern day slavery: The family of five from the Michalovce region, in Slovakia, lured vulnerable and often homeless fellow Eastern Europeans to Britain with the promise of a job, accommodation and a better life. But the reality was sharing rooms with up to 15 other people and working at least 12 hours a day, six days a week, mostly in restaurants, for just £20 a week.

7th May 2021

Antrobus Road
Antrobus Road – several shared a bedroom and all shared the bathroom

Feeling trapped because of their lack of finances and with no English language, they endured psychological and sometimes physical abuse from their gang masters, who transported them to and from their place of work.

The operation came to light after two victims went to a charity and said they were being exploited and then a separate complaint was received and links were made to a house in Antrobus Road, Handsworth. A covert surveillance operation was set up which revealed multiple occupants of the address being collected in the morning and brought back late at night, by the same men in different vehicles.

The same men were also found to have flown out of England alone and returned accompanied by different people. Investigations into these activities found evidence that this had been happening since 2008.

In August 2017, warrants were executed at the property in Antrobus Road and four restaurants across the West Midlands. Twenty men, mainly from Slovakia and Romania, were found to be living in poor conditions. They were immediately safeguarded.

Gejza Demeter and his wife Andrea Demeterova were arrested on suspicion of slavery offences, and their property was searched and items, including electronic devices, were seized for investigation.

Gejza Demeter and his wife Andrea Demeterova
Gejza Demeter and his wife Andrea Demeterova
Zdenka Ferencova, her son, Pavol Ferenc, and his wife, Klaudia Ferencova

work.Zdenka Ferencova, her son, Pavol Ferenc, and his wife, Klaudia Ferencova

The pair were released on police bail as detectives continued their investigation and took statements from the victims who were referred to the NRM (National Referral Mechanism) which ensures they receive appropriate ongoing support.

Detectives then joined forces with Slovakian authorities, overseen at Eurojustin The Hague, to commence a joint investigation into the organised crime family, enabling both authorities to share information and to build evidence of the extent of the operation.

Andrea Demeterova’s mother, Zdenka Ferencova, was head of the family and part of ‘the business’ which also included her son, Pavol Ferenc, and his wife, Klaudia Ferencova. Each had been involved in ‘recruiting’ vulnerable workers from Eastern Europe, transporting them to the UK, putting them in accommodation in Birmingham, Gloucester, Nottingham and Derby from where they were taken to work.

Businesses had been set up as a front, including a recruitment company and a cleaning service, but these were mainly for tax evasion purposes. Evidence was also found of money laundering, crucially at least 28 cars – with a low value of around £2,000 – had been bought in the UK, but then exported to Slovakia where they were worth double that amount, and even more when broken down in to parts.

Antrobus Road

Detective Inspector Lisa Jackson explained: “We took 22 victim statements from mostly men, but some women, who had been enticed by the promise of a better life, however the reality was far different. Many shared beds, some even slept on the floor, but all had to work long hours and were paid very little. We believe there were more than 60 victims who suffered the same exploitation, but we have been unable to trace them.”

One man told us: “There were seven people in our bedroom, some of us even slept on the floor. There were about 50 people in the house with one toilet and one bathroom. Immediately after my arrival, my ID documents were taken by them and not returned. I worked together with others in different restaurants from the morning until the evening, six days a week. We could not go anywhere – this wasn’t a life. 

“We had one day off during the week and even then, we had to work in the house where we were staying. For the weeks’ work, we got paid £20 and some of the people did not even get that. I got up at 5am in the morning, by 6am I was in the restaurant. The restaurant closed at 10pm but we would have to stay to wash and tidy up. Then, we returned home, went to sleep and the same thing happened the following day. It was a very hard life.”Antrobus Road – expansion plans?

Gejza Demeter and his wife Andrea Demeterova had skipped bail and returned to Slovakia, but we continued to work closely with the Slovakian authorities and Eurojust to bring charges against all of the suspects. 

And on 4 September 2019 we, along with the support of other European countries, executed European Arrest Warrants simultaneously in Slovakia, Germany and the Netherlands, from a co-ordination centre in The Hague. Within a 20 minute period all five suspects were arrested and taken into custody. They were extradited back to the UK between November and December 2019.

A trial was set for May 2020, and delayed until October 2020 due to the pandemic, however with the weight of evidence against them the defendants submitted pleas for consideration, which after deliberation, were accepted earlier this year. All five were sentenced as follows:

  • Gejza Demeter, aged 53, sentenced to eight years in prison for: Conspiracy to traffick into UK for exploitation, conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel with view to exploitation, conspiracy to require another to perform forced compulsory labour, conspiracy to control another for purpose of labour exploitation and conspiracy to remove criminal property from England and Wales.
  • Andrea Demeterova, aged 49, sentenced to six and a half years in prison for conspiracy to traffick into UK for exploitation, conspiracy to traffick within the UK for exploitation, conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel with view to exploitation.
  • Pavol Ferenc, aged 48, sentenced to six and a half years in prison for: Conspiracy to traffick into UK for exploitation, conspiracy to traffick within the UK for exploitation, conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel with view to exploitation.
  • Klaudia Ferencova, aged 41, sentenced to five years in prison for: Conspiracy to traffick into UK for exploitation, conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel with view to exploitation.
  • Zdenka Ferencova, aged 68, sentenced to four years in prison for Conspiracy to traffick into UK for exploitation, conspiracy to arrange/facilitate travel with view to exploitation, conspiracy to control another for purpose of labour exploitation.

All five were also served with slavery and trafficking preventions orders, which entitles officers to use powers to ensure they are not continuing with their criminal enterprise upon their release. It’s estimated that their enterprises had amassed them profits of almost £700,000, and that is just from the victims who spoke to us. There were many more we have been unable to trace.

We will now look to recover those proceeds of crime under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The defendants were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court this week concluding on Wednesday (5 May). 

In summing up His Honour Judge Dean Kershaw told the defendants: “Human trafficking including the use of compulsory labour devalues the life of the people trafficked. It more often than not places people into a life of misery and extreme poverty. Meaning they are living in poor conditions, they feel trapped and they are unable to escape from a cycle of abuse. And whether you agree to it or you don’t that is what this is. It is abuse. One only has to read the victim statements to see that. You did this for one reason only – money was the only goal and is normally the only goal of those who involve themselves in this abhorrent behaviour.

“It may well be that the general public are not aware of how common this is. This type of behaviour hides in corner but at the same time is in full view of people. People do not see it because of the way that it is organised. The victims feel frightened and feel they have nowhere to go so often do not report it.”

Det Insp Jackson added: “We need the public to help us stop such exploitation and safeguard and support some of the most vulnerable in our communities by reporting anything suspicious; which can help us take firm and decisive action.

“There are some tell-tale signs to look out for such as large groups staying in multi-occupancy houses and being transported to and from addresses in vans or minibuses from early in the morning and not coming back until late at night.”

Anybody who suspects slavery or trafficking offences are happening in their community is urged to call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700, visit the website www.modernslaveryhelpline.org or call West Midlands Police on 101.   

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) ICE/HSI Report: Chinese national guilty of obstructing human trafficking investigation being carried out by the HSI in documents provided in 2019 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.07: According to court documents, in September 2019, Zhang visited Gao Xing in jail while she was in federal custody and the subject of an international human trafficking investigation. During the visit, Xing instructed Zhang to delete material information, including contacts and conversations from her WeChat account: WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment application that can be accessed by mobile devices, personal computers and the internet. Xing provided Zhang with a method to obtain her online WeChat account login information from her mother in China, and other details pertaining to her account. Xing indicated that the items she needed Zhang to delete would make her case or situation worse and she further instructed Zhang to change her WeChat name:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Chinese national pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to conspiring to commit evidence tampering in relation to an international human trafficking investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Xu Zhang, 31, a New York resident, was indicted in September 2019, after conspiring with his girlfriend and co-conspirator, Gao Xing, also a Chinese national, to destroy and conceal records pertinent to a federal grand jury investigation.

This announcement was made by the acting U.S. attorney for the middle district of Tennessee.

During a telephone call from the jail the next day, Zhang confirmed to Xing that he had deleted the information requested and changed Xing’s WeChat name in an attempt to delete and destroy material information related to her WeChat account.

Xing committed suicide in her cell Nov. 1, 2019, at the Daviess County (Kentucky) Detention Center.

Zhang faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 15, 2021.

IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation assisted HSI with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Beth Myers is prosecuting the case.

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: May.07: 2021:

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