Department of Homeland Security

US Department of Homeland Security News: A New DHS for a New Age

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – On March 18, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered the 2019 State of Homeland Security Address, hosted by the Auburn University McCray Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security and George Washington University. The Secretary offered her assessment of the ever-evolving security landscape, operational challenges, and a look forward at the Department’s forthcoming … Continue reading US Department of Homeland Security News: A New DHS for a New Age

Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa’s State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa’s flooding. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along … Continue reading Iowa News: Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation

U.S. Department of Homeland Security News: DHS Secures Super Bowl 53

WASHINGTON – Jan. 31, 2019- On January 30, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel, local law enforcement officials, and the National Football League (NFL) security team in Atlanta to discuss joint efforts to ensure a safe and secure Super Bowl 53. “This weekend, thousands of football … Continue reading U.S. Department of Homeland Security News: DHS Secures Super Bowl 53

Connecticut News: Citizen of Honduras, RICK SANABRIA-HERNANDES Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering U.S. after Being Deported

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ERICK SANABRIA-HERNANDES, 34, a citizen of Honduras last residing in Stamford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 15 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported. According to court documents … Continue reading Connecticut News: Citizen of Honduras, RICK SANABRIA-HERNANDES Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering U.S. after Being Deported

United States News: Lima man, Dustin Davis indicted for child pornography offenses

United States – A Lima man was indicted on child pornography charges. Dustin Davis, 41, was indicted on one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. Davis received and distributed numerous images of child pornography between September and November 2018, according to the indictment. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the … Continue reading United States News: Lima man, Dustin Davis indicted for child pornography offenses

New York News: Former Chief Financial Officer, RANDY WANG Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 18 Months In Prison For Defrauding Company Of Over $2 Million

New York – Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that RANDY WANG was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 18 months in prison for defrauding his former employer, a company based in Manhattan that manages a global airline alliance whose members consist of approximately 13 … Continue reading New York News: Former Chief Financial Officer, RANDY WANG Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 18 Months In Prison For Defrauding Company Of Over $2 Million

Connecticut News: Sex Offender, ENRIQUE FAJARDO MARIN Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ENRIQUE FAJARDO MARIN, 40, a citizen of Ecuador recently residing in Danbury, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 18 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. According to court documents and … Continue reading Connecticut News: Sex Offender, ENRIQUE FAJARDO MARIN Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the U.S.

Homeland Security News: Statement on Secretary Nielsen’s Meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-Designate Marcelo Ebrard

WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen‘s meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-Designate Marcelo Ebrard. “Today in Washington, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen met with Mexican Foreign Secretary-Designate Marcelo Ebrard to discuss a variety of issues of … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Statement on Secretary Nielsen’s Meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary-Designate Marcelo Ebrard

Louisiana News: Honduran National, LENIS PADILLA RUIZ Charged With Illegal Reentry

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that LENIS PADILLA RUIZ, age 31, a citizen of Honduras, was charged Friday, November 30, 2018 in a one-count indictment with illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of 8 U.S.C. ‘ 1326(a). According to the indictment, LENIS PADILLA RUIZ was previously removed from … Continue reading Louisiana News: Honduran National, LENIS PADILLA RUIZ Charged With Illegal Reentry

Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – A Mexican man who used another person’s social security number and a fraudulent “green card” to get a job was convicted by a jury on November 28, 2018, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Luis Gonzalez-Esparsa, age 45, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United … Continue reading Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Luis Gonzalez Esparsa Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number and Fraudulent “Green Card” to Get a Job

Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Adner Toj-Velasquez Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – A Guatemalan man who used another person’s social security number to complete employment paperwork was convicted by a jury on November 26, 2018, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Adner Toj-Velasquez, age 35, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Postville, … Continue reading Iowa News: Illegal Alien, Adner Toj-Velasquez Convicted of Using Another Person’s Social Security Number

Connecticut News: Mexican National, JOSE LUIS MERINO HERNANDEZ Pleads Guilty to Reentering the U.S. after Being Deported

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JOSE LUIS MERINO HERNANDEZ, also known as “Jose Mendez,” 50, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court to one count of reentry of removed alien. Merino Hernandez is a citizen of Mexico last residing in Waterbury. According to court … Continue reading Connecticut News: Mexican National, JOSE LUIS MERINO HERNANDEZ Pleads Guilty to Reentering the U.S. after Being Deported

Connecticut News: Citizen of Honduras, FRANKLIN OMAR RODRIGUEZ Sentenced to 29 Months in Federal Prison for Reentering the U.S. after Being Deported

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FRANKLIN OMAR RODRIGUEZ, 37, a citizen of Honduras last residing in Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 29 months of imprisonment for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported. According to court … Continue reading Connecticut News: Citizen of Honduras, FRANKLIN OMAR RODRIGUEZ Sentenced to 29 Months in Federal Prison for Reentering the U.S. after Being Deported

Homeland Security News: Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—in coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector partners nationwide—are continuing efforts to protect our elections.  Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations

Pennsylvania news: Munhall Man, Christopher Eric Carr Pleads Guilty in Shadyside/North Oakland Stolen Packages Scheme

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Munhall, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy and mail theft, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Christopher Eric Carr, 46, pleaded guilty to four counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that … Continue reading Pennsylvania news: Munhall Man, Christopher Eric Carr Pleads Guilty in Shadyside/North Oakland Stolen Packages Scheme

Alabama News: Mobile Man, Anthony Lee Mitchell Sentenced to 95 Months for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Alabama – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Senior Judge Callie V. S. Granade sentenced Anthony Lee Mitchell on October 22, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 95 months followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with the intent … Continue reading Alabama News: Mobile Man, Anthony Lee Mitchell Sentenced to 95 Months for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

Ohio News: Mexican citizen, Martha Buendia-Chavarria living in Marion sentenced to 54 months in prison for operating document mill that produced 1,000 false identification documents, as well as stealing the identity of another

Marion, Ohio – A Mexican citizen who had been living in Marion was sentenced to more than four years in prison for operating a document mill that produced more than 1,000 false identification documents, as well as stealing the identity of another. Martha Buendia-Chavarria, 44, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after previously pleading guilty … Continue reading Ohio News: Mexican citizen, Martha Buendia-Chavarria living in Marion sentenced to 54 months in prison for operating document mill that produced 1,000 false identification documents, as well as stealing the identity of another

Iowa News: Mexican Man, Sergio Aguilar-Velasco Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

Fingerprints Show he was Also Convicted in 2006 for Illegal Entry into the United States Riceville, Iowa – A Mexican man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost three months in federal prison. Sergio Aguilar-Velasco, age 34, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States … Continue reading Iowa News: Mexican Man, Sergio Aguilar-Velasco Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Reentering the United States

United States News: Mexican citizen, Jose Rusbelt Morales-Gutierrez living in Canton charged with having a firearm while unlawfully in the United States

United States – A Mexican citizen was charged with possessing a firearm while illegally in the United States. Jose Rusbelt Morales-Gutierrez, 28, was living in Canton. Morales-Gutierrez possessed a Beretta, Model PX4 Storm, 9 mm caliber pistol on Aug. 18, after illegally or unlawfully entering the United States. If convicted, a defendant’s sentence will be … Continue reading United States News: Mexican citizen, Jose Rusbelt Morales-Gutierrez living in Canton charged with having a firearm while unlawfully in the United States

Pennsylvania News: Pennsylvania Man, Donte Spence Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin and a Fentanyl Analogue

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of three years, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a fentanyl analogue, … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Pennsylvania Man, Donte Spence Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin and a Fentanyl Analogue

Kentucky News: Jury Convicts Meade County Man, Dennis Ammons For Violating Federal Child Exploitation Law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Meade County, Kentucky, man was convicted last week for accessing the Internet with intent to view child pornography, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. The jury convicted Dennis Ammons, age 58, on October 12, 2018, following a three-day jury trial. “This conviction is the product of a courageous victim and … Continue reading Kentucky News: Jury Convicts Meade County Man, Dennis Ammons For Violating Federal Child Exploitation Law

Louisiana News: Chalmette Woman, TIFFANY RICHARDSON Sentenced in Connection with Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Fraud

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that TIFFANY RICHARDSON, age 30, of Chalmette, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to prison for one (1) month followed by home confinement for seven (7) months in connection with her plea of guilty to one count of disaster relief fraud. According … Continue reading Louisiana News: Chalmette Woman, TIFFANY RICHARDSON Sentenced in Connection with Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Fraud

Louisiana News: Crowley man, Kenneth Poullard pleads guilty to possessing child pornography on electronic devices

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Crowley man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing sexually explicit images of juveniles. Kenneth Poullard, 43, of Crowley, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of possessing child pornography. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents … Continue reading Louisiana News: Crowley man, Kenneth Poullard pleads guilty to possessing child pornography on electronic devices

Louisiana News: Illegal alien, Paul Armenta-Bojorquez living in Abbeville sentenced to 90 months in prison for possessing child pornography

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that an illegal alien from Mexico was sentenced Wednesday to seven years and six months in prison for using his phone and an online account to acquire and possess child pornography. Paul Armenta-Bojorquez, 34, of Sinaloa, Mexico, but who resided in Abbeville, Louisiana, was sentenced … Continue reading Louisiana News: Illegal alien, Paul Armenta-Bojorquez living in Abbeville sentenced to 90 months in prison for possessing child pornography

Alabama News: Mobile County Man, Deanthony T. Murphy Receives 46 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction

Alabama – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Deanthony T. Murphy, a 24 year old resident of Theodore, Alabama was sentenced to 46 months incarceration for possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony Assault, Second Degree. On June 12, 2018, according to a factual … Continue reading Alabama News: Mobile County Man, Deanthony T. Murphy Receives 46 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction

South Carolina News: Pickens Man, Jeffrey Lee Harris Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Jeffrey Lee Harris, age 31, of Pickens, pled guilty in federal court in Spartanburg, to possession of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A. United States District Judge Donald C. Coggins, of Spartanburg, accepted the plea and … Continue reading South Carolina News: Pickens Man, Jeffrey Lee Harris Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Pennsylvania News: Wilkinsburg Man, Termane Thomass Eleam Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl Analogue

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a fentanyl analogue, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Termane Thomass Eleam, age 32, pleaded guilty to one count before … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Wilkinsburg Man, Termane Thomass Eleam Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl Analogue

Homeland Security News: DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Wall Gate Construction Project in Texas

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to ensure the expeditious construction of gates in existing wall structure near the international border in the state of Texas.  The waiver was published in the Federal Register Oct. 10, 2018. This waiver is issued pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Wall Gate Construction Project in Texas

Homeland Security News: DHS Announces Strategy to Protect the Homeland from Electromagnetic Incidents

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD). The Strategy lays out a clear vision and an approach for DHS to take to protect critical infrastructure and prepare to respond and recover … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Announces Strategy to Protect the Homeland from Electromagnetic Incidents

Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, James Clay Russell Admits Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, PA pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. James Clay Russell, 60, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak. In connection with the guilty plea, … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, James Clay Russell Admits Distributing Child Pornography