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WASHINGTON: ICE/HSI Murder Report: Arrest of 10-Human-Guatemalan-Smugglers

#AceNewsReport – Feb.07: An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), HSI Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (TCIU), Guatemalan National Police (PNC), and Guatemalan Prosecutor for Illicit Migrant Trafficking led to the arrest of 10 Guatemalan nationals tied to the January 2021 murders of 19 foreign nationals in a human smuggling event in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

#AceDailyNews ICE/HSI News Report: US-Guatemala investigation leads to the arrest of 10 human smugglers with ties to the murder of 19 foreign nationals headed for the US

“This joint transnational operation targeting a major human smuggling organization shows the importance of both governments collaborating to apprehend the individuals responsible and hold them accountable for transporting these noncitizens enroute to the United States, which ultimately led to their deaths,” said HSI acting Regional Attaché for the Northern Triangle Carlos Gamarra. “Hopefully, the results of these high-level arrests can bring some justice to the victims’ families.”

On Jan 28, HSI Guatemala City along with HSI TCIU, Guatemalan Military, Guatemalan National Police (PNC) Special Operations Group, and Guatemalan Prosecutor for Illicit Migrant Trafficking executed 19 search warrants and arrested ten Guatemalan nationals for violations of foreign law related to human smuggling, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. The arrests were part of a joint investigation by HSI Guatemala City and Mexico City, TCIU, and Government of Guatemala counterparts into the “Coronado/Miranda” human smuggling organization operating out of the Department of San Marcos, Guatemala.

This case was initiated from a Jan 2021 event where 19 foreign nationals were murdered in a human smuggling event in Tamaulipas, Mexico, in attempt to reach the United States. Sixteen of those killed were Guatemalan nationals. Seizures included both foreign and US currency at approximately $203,000 USD, five vehicles, sixty-one illegal gambling machines, one firearm, ammunition, and various electronic devices.

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.

ICE encourages anyone who suspects human smuggling to report it to local law enforcement. Tips can also be submitted to ICE anonymously online at ice.gov/tipline or by phone at 866-347-2423.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Feb.07: 2022:

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(SYDNEY) District Court Report: May.15: A 38-year-old man who was caught with close to 27,000 child abuse images and videos after an investigation involving AFP & HSI #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport: May.15: The man, from New South Wales, was sentenced yesterday (13 May 2021) for four offences of possessing child abuse material and three counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography:

SYDNEY: Australian Federal Police (AFP) & U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) a NSW man has been jailed for 18 months by the Sydney District Court for online child abuse’

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AFP officers arrested and charged the man on 20 August 2019 after he was allegedly identified by Homeland Security Investigations as a customer of an international child exploitation website.

Records indicated the man, from country NSW, spent more than $3000 to purchase thousands of images and videos through the website between 2017 and 2019.

AFP officers found child abuse material stored on computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices they seized from the man’s home. Three USBs containing illegal files were found wrapped in electrical tape and hidden under cups in a kitchen cupboard.

Some of the images and videos showed infants and children being tortured and sexually assaulted by adults.

The man’s sentence was backdated to 19 February 2021 to account for time spent in custody on remand.

AFP Senior Constable Dannii Campbell, from the Child Protection Operations team, said this investigation highlights the strong working relationship between the AFP and Homeland Security Investigations to combat transnational child exploitation.

“Our common goal is to protect children, wherever they live, and ensure anyone who tries to hurt and exploit them is identified and brought before the courts,” Senior Constable Campbell said. 

“Anyone who views this material is harming a child, and helping to prop up a vile industry that will abuse more children to satisfy the demand.”

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Attaché to Australia Adam Parks said due to the global nature of online child exploitation, Home Security Investigations relies on our international partner agencies to help pursue justice wherever an investigation may lead, which oftentimes is outside of the U.S.

“Whenever these investigations connect to Australia, the AFP and other supporting agencies have an exceptional track record of working with Home Security Investigations to deliver results that are both rapid and comprehensive. This is yet another example of that outstanding work.”

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.

If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available, visit the ACCCE to learn more.

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

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AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

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

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