Homeland Security Investigations

Homeland Security Investigations is the component of ICE responsible for investigating violations of U.S. laws that threaten national security. HSI combats criminal organizations that exploit America's travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.

Cooperation between Chicago police and ICE Homeland Security Investigations
January 17, 2020

An agreement has been unearthed that formalizes cooperation between the Chicago Police Department and ICE Homeland Security Investigations. Immigration activists who happen to be in the U.S. illegally are worried that this could be used to deport illegal aliens.

Marijuana extract from Mexico could be a cause of vaping injuries
December 14, 2019

A high-THC marijuana extract being smuggled into the U.S could be the cause of injuries and deaths recently connected with vaping. This "crude oil" is produced by Mexican drug cartels to compensate for the relatively low THC levels in natural Mexican marijuana.

Carlos Mendoza Serrato, methamphetamine distributor for the CJNG in Minnesota
December 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the sentencing of Carlos Mendoza Serrato for organizing the distribution of methamphetamine in Minnesota. Court documents and the defendant's guilty plea reveal connections with the CJNG cartel in Mexico.

Alien smuggling within the U.S. is being organized via social media ads
December 7, 2019

Alien smuggling within the U.S. is being organized via social media ads. ICE Homeland Security Investigations is trying to identify those responsible for the online recruitment efforts. Meanwhile, those who answer the ads face severe penalties if they are caught.

Sophisticated marijuana smuggling organization with ties to Sinaloa Cartel
November 30, 2019

A sophisticated organization with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana through the Sonoran Desert into Arizona. 18 defendants have been convicted for activities connected with this smuggling operation; all but one of them are foreign nationals.

Alien in Connecticut arrested for sexual assault, will be turned over to ICE
November 28, 2019

An alien in Meriden, Connecticut has been arrested on serious charges including sexual assault, will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when he is released.

How stingray devices are used by ICE
October 21, 2019

How cell-site simulators, more commonly known as stingray devices, are used by ICE in criminal investigations concerning illegal aliens. In a recent incident, such devices were used by ICE to fix the location of an illegal alien in New York City who was wanted for felony violations of the law.

Mexican cartels control human smuggling across the southern border
October 6, 2019

U.S. government immigration officials testify before Congress that Mexican drug cartels are in complete control of human smuggling at the U.S. southern border. U.S. immigration policy incentivizes human smuggling similar to how narcotics trafficking is incentivized.

Gregory Nevano describes how Mexican cartels benefit from human smuggling of migrants
July 7, 2019

Gregory Nevano, Assistant Director at ICE Homeland Security Investigations, describes the problems of human smuggling and trafficking at the southwestern border, which have intensified with the wave of migration from Central America.