Matthew T. Albence, deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami, announced the results Friday, of an international weapons trafficking operation with law enforcement partners in Argentina and Brazil in a case involving a transnational criminal organization (TCO), which exploited the U.S. Postal Service.
The international operation resulted in a total of 25 arrests and 53 search warrants executed in three countries.
Over the course of the operation, law enforcement seized 5,300 firearms and components, 167 explosives/ordinances and 15 silencers from the TCO.
HSI Miami initiated the investigation into the TCO smuggling large quantities of weapons parts and accessories from the U.S. to Argentina and Brazil.
The TCO took advantage of the U.S. Postal Service by illegally exporting weapon parts and ammunition regulated by the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations without the proper State Department licenses.
Since the inception of this investigation, several HSI offices, as well as Argentinian and Brazilian authorities have conducted multiple search warrants and arrests netting significant quantities of firearms, firearms parts and more than $100,000 in cash.
Joining Albence and Salisbury in announcing the results were Tony Gonzalez, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District Florida; Commandant Martin Myslicki Argentina National Gendarmeria; Eugênio Coutinho Ricas, attaché for the Brazil Federal Police; Bladismir Rojo, assistant postal inspector in charge in Miami; and Diane Sabatino, director of field operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami.
(Learn how Law enforcement can more effectively collaborate to form a force multiplier of resources and capabilities in the ever-expanding global world of crime. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) bridges the gap. HSI has the ability to follow the “pipeline” and to proactively pursue the larger networks of illicit activities. HSI can serve as a force multiplier from anywhere domestic; from Minot, ND to New York City – to almost anywhere around the world with our international partners, either through the Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIU’s) – which expand HSI’s footprint and enhance cooperation between partner nations and the United States – or through our 63 HSI International Attaché offices. State and Local law enforcement has the ability to leverage HSI’s unique legal authorities and global footprint to help combat crimes in their community; such as the growth and proliferation of transnational crimes and the rampant and far reaching cyber crimes – most notably, the darknet. Courtesy of TheIACP and YouTube.)
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