Mas De 700 Miembros De Grupos Criminales Transnacionalales Son Arrestados En Centro America En Operativo Con Asistencia De Los Estados Unidos

Source: United States Department of Justice

Oficiales principales de las agencias del orden público de los Estados Unidos, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras anunciaron hoy la radicación de imputaciones de más de 700 miembros de organizaciones criminales transnacionales, principalmente miembros de las pandillas de la MS-13 y Calle 18 en Centroamérica, en una operativo judicial coordinado que duró por una semana conocido como Operación Escudo Regional (OER).  OER comenzó en el 2017 y es una iniciativa liderada por el Departamento de Justicia para combatir el crimen organizado transnacional que une a fiscales anti-pandillas e investigadores de El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico y los Estados Unidos.  A través de reuniones de coordinación celebradas trimestralmente, este grupo ha coordinado investigaciones que abarcan varios países y arrestos a través de la región. 

Las autoridades también anunciaron los arrestos de 36 individuos en El Salvador y Honduras involucrados con redes de tráfico de personas que abarcan Centroamérica y los Estados Unidos.  Entre los imputados en Honduras se encuentra un comisionado de la policía, un sub-inspector de la policía y tres agentes del orden público.  Los arrestados están imputados con violaciones de tráfico de personas, el lavado de dinero, y asociación ilegal para cometer un delito.  Las imputaciones fueron anunciadas por el Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos William P. Barr, el Fiscal General Raúl Melara de El Salvador, la Fiscal General María Consuelo Porras Argueta de Guatemala, y el Fiscal General de Honduras Oscar Fernando Chinchilla, a través de la Oficina de Prensa del Ministerio Público.   

“El Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos y nuestros aliados del orden público en Centroamérica están comprometidos con la colaboración continua para localizar y arrestar a los miembros y asociados de las pandillas involucrados en crímenes transnacionales,” dijo el Fiscal General Barr.  “Nuestros países están más seguros cuando se trabaja conjuntamente en aras de proteger la seguridad nacional y asegurar la seguridad pública en nuestros vecindarios.”

En el 2017, el Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos en conjunto con sus homólogos de la región se comprometieron en combatir el crimen organizado transnacional y reducir la migración ilegal a los Estados Unidos a través de mayor cooperación y asistencia técnica con los aliados del orden público.  Estos esfuerzos han causado los siguientes resultados esta semana:

Fiscales en El Salvador radicaron acusaciones en contra de más de 1,152 miembros de grupos criminales organizados en el país, primordialmente contra las pandillas MS-13 y Calle 18.  En cuestión de horas, la Policía Civil Nacional había capturado a 572 individuos imputados por los delitos de terrorismo, asesinato, extorsión, secuestro, robo de vehículos, hurto, conspiración, narcotráfico, el lavado de dinero, violaciones a la ley de armas de fuego, tráfico de personas y trata de personas.  Los fiscales y la Policía Nacional incautaron bienes de estos grupos del crimen organizado con el propósito de decomisarlos. 

En Guatemala, la Fiscalía Contra el Delito de Anti-Extorsión, la Unidad Contra Delitos Transnacionales de la Fiscalía y la Unidad Especial Anti-Pandillas Transnacionales y la policía ejecutaron 80 órdenes de allanamiento, arrestaron 40 personas, y notificaron 29 órdenes de arresto a personas en custodia, todos ellos miembros de las pandillas Calle 18 y MS-13.  Se incautó drogas y un arma de fuego, y se radicaron por cargos de extorsión, asociación ilícita, conspiración para cometer asesinato y obstrucción a la justicia.  En este caso hay cuatro compañías de transportistas víctimas de extorsión por un monto que asciende a $54,523   

En Honduras, la operación conjunta OER se llevó a cabo en diferentes fases durante el periodo de una semana y resultó en el arresto de aproximadamente 75 miembros de las pandillas MS-13 y Calle 18, y la ejecución de más de 10 órdenes de allanamiento.  Armas de fuego ilegales, teléfonos celulares, drogas y dinero fueron incautados.  Los individuos arrestados fueron imputados con asociación ilícita, asesinato y conspiración para cometer asesinato, extorsión y narcotráfico.      

El 9 de febrero de 2017, el Presidente Donald J. Trump emitió la Orden Ejecutiva Para Hacer Cumplir la Ley Federal Sobre las Organizaciones de Crímenes Transnacionales y Prevenir el Tráfico Internacional para desmantelar y erradicar las pandillas transnacionales que amenazan la seguridad de nuestras comunidades.  Conforme a esa orden, el Departamento de Justicia ha hecho su prioridad el desmantelar las redes criminales transnacionales de tráfico de personas y pandillas incluyendo la MS-13.   

Los esfuerzos anti-pandilla de Escudo Regional han conducido a la radicación de cargos criminales en contra de más de 11,000 miembros de pandillas desde el 2017, incluyendo líderes de pandillas a nivel nacional.  Muchas de estas imputaciones incluyen la incautación de bienes pertenecientes a las pandillas incluyendo armas de fuego y dinero.  También durante este tiempo más de una docena de redes involucradas en el tráfico y/o trata de personas fueron desmanteladas.  La asistencia técnica provista por la Oficina Internacional para el Desarrollo, Asistencia y Capacitación Técnica del Departamento de Justicia (OPDAT) en la región de Centroamérica ha tenido un rol clave para reunir a los Fiscales Generales de El Salvador, Guatemala, y Honduras para desarrollar operaciones regionales enfocadas en combatir pandillas incluyendo la MS-13 y Calle 18, como también organizaciones transnacionales dedicadas al tráfico de personas.  Además, como resultado de la asistencia técnica provista por OPDAT, los aliados del Departamento de Justicia en Centro América han fortalecido la cooperación y desarrollado las habilidades, herramientas y técnicas para maximizar resultados contra todo tipo de crimen organizado transnacional impactando la región y los Estados Unidos.   

“Desde el 2017, se ha trabajado de manera conjunta y coordinada entre los países que conforman el triángulo norte y nuestro socio estratégico, los Estados Unidos de América,” dijo el Fiscal General de El Salvador Raúl Melara.  “Para dar respuesta a la población salvadoreña y procurar que los criminales respondan ante la justicia, hemos reforzado el trabajo que realizan las Unidades Especializadas de la Fiscalía para ser efectivos en lucha contra el crimen organizado y estructuras terroristas.  Estoy comprometido como Fiscal General a continuar en este esfuerzo coordinado. Solo lograremos erradicar el crimen transnacional uniendo esfuerzos regionales y continuando el trabajo conjunto.”

“Como Fiscal General de la República y Jefe del Ministerio Público, reafirmo mi compromiso en el combate de la delincuencia organizada transnacional, uno de los ejes primordiales de mi gestión,” dijo la Fiscal General de Guatemala María Consuelo Porras Argueta.  “Para el efecto, hemos incrementado los esfuerzos para dar una respuesta efectiva a la población mediante la creación de la Fiscalía contra Delitos Transnacionales, la Unidad Especial Antipandillas Transnacionales, la Unidad Especial contra Delitos en Aeropuertos y Aerodromos, la suscripción de la declaración del Gurpo Asesor de Fiscales Generales del Triángulo Norte, la cual tengo a honra presidir; entre otras acciones estratégicas para combatir la delincuencia organizada transnacional con acciones frontales contra el narcotráfico, pandillas, crimen organizado y tráfico ilícito de migrantes.”

“Considero ante la amenaza regional que presentan estos delitos transnacionales, la respuesta debe ser de igual forma interagencial y regional,” dijo el Fiscal General de Honduras Oscar Fernando Chinchilla.  “Solo de esta forma se puede neutralizar los efectos dañinos de estas organizaciones criminales.”

En El Salvador, Guatemala, y Honduras, las investigaciones de organizaciones criminales transnacionales se manejan por fiscales regionales anti-pandillas que reciben capacitaciones financiadas por el Departamento de Estado y asesoría por el Negociado Investigaciones Federales (FBI), la Oficina de Investigaciones de Seguridad Nacional del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (HSI), y la Oficina Internacional para el Desarrollo, Asistencia y Capacitación Técnica del Departamento de Justicia (OPDAT).  Con el apoyo de la Oficina de Narcóticos Internacionales y Asuntos de Aplicación de la Ley del Departamento de Estado (INL), los fiscales de OPDAT han ayudado a establecer fuerzas de tarea en la región y trabajan con las Unidades Transnacionales Anti-Pandillas (TAG) del FBI y también las Unidades de Investigaciones Criminales Transnacionales de HSI (TCIU).  Estos esfuerzos han ayudado a nuestros aliados en Centroamérica a condenar a miles de criminales, confiscar más de USD$ 1 billón de activos ilícitos, y coordinar docenas de investigaciones transnacionales con sus homólogos de Estados Unidos.

Las agencias del orden público involucrados en esta última sexta operación OER incluyeron El Salvador’s Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) y la  Policía Nacional Civil (PNC); Honduras Policía Nacional, la Dirección Nacional de Servicios Especiales de Investigación (DNSEI), Agencia Técnica de Investigaciones Criminales (ATIC), y Fuerza Nacional Anti Maras y Pandillas (FNAMP) y Guatemala’s Fiscalía Contra Delitos Transnacionales, Fiscalía Contra el Delito de Extorsión, y la Unidad Especial Anti-Pandillas Transnacionales, Policía Nacional Civil, División Especializada en Investigación Criminal y División Nacional Contra las Pandillas de la Policía Nacional Civil.


En Inglés

More than 700 Members Of Transnational Organized Crime Groups Arrested in Central America in U.S. Assisted Operation

Source: United States Department of Justice

Today, senior law enforcement officials from the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras announced criminal charges in Central America against more than 700 members of transnational criminal organizations, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, which resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS).

ORS began in 2017 and is a Justice Department-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime that brings together gang prosecutors and investigators from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States.  Through quarterly meetings, this group has coordinated multi-country investigations and simultaneous takedowns throughout the region. 

Authorities also announced the arrest of 36 individuals in El Salvador and Honduras involved in human smuggling networks that span Central America and the United States.  Among those arrested in Honduras, include one police commissioner, one police deputy inspector, and three law enforcement agents.  All arrestees were charged with human smuggling, money laundering and illegal association to commit a crime.  The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, Attorney General Raul Melara of El Salvador, Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta of Guatemala, and the Attorney General of Honduras, Oscar Fernando Chinchilla, through the Public Ministry’s Press Office. 

“The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes,” said U.S. Attorney General Barr.  “Our countries are made safer by working together to protect national security and to ensure public safety in our neighborhoods.”

In 2017, the U.S. Attorney General, together with the Attorneys General of the three Central American countries, committed to combatting transnational organized crime and reducing illegal migration to the United States through increased cooperation and capacity building of law enforcement partners. These efforts have led to the following results this week:

Prosecutors in El Salvador filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the country, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street Gangs.  Within hours, the National  Civil Police had captured 572 of the defendants for charges involving terrorism, murder, extortion, kidnapping, vehicle theft, robbery, conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, weapons violations, human trafficking and human smuggling.  Prosecutors and the Police also seized assets from these organized crime groups for forfeiture purposes. 

In Guatemala, the Anti-Extortions Prosecution Office, the Prosecutor’s Office against Transnational Crimes, the Special Unit against Transnational Gangs, and police officers executed 80 search warrants, arrested 40 individuals, and served 29 arrest warrants against individuals already in custody, all of who are members of the 18th Street gang and MS-13.  Authorities seized drugs and a firearm, and filed charges for extortion, illicit association, conspiracy to commit murder, and extortive obstruction.  This investigation involves four transportation companies as victims of extortion in the amount of $54,523.

In Honduras, ORS joint operation took place in different phases during a one-week period resulted in the arrest of over 75 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members and five police officers and the execution of over 10 search warrants. Illegal firearms, cellular phones, drugs and money were seized.  The arrestees were charged with illicit association, murder and conspiracy to commit murder, extortion and drug trafficking.  

On February 9, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking to dismantle and eradicate transnational criminal organizations threatening the safety of our communities. Pursuant to that order, the U.S. Department of Justice has made dismantling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, a top priority.

Regional Shield anti-gang efforts have led to charges against more than 11,000 gang members since 2017, including gang leaders nationwide.  Many of these indictments included the seizure of gang assets including firearms and money.  Also, during that time, more than a dozen smuggling/trafficking structures were dismantled.  The capacity-building efforts in Central America of the Justice Department’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) have played a key role in bringing together the Attorneys General from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to form the regional operations targeting MS-13, 18th Street, and other gangs, as well as human smuggling transnational organizations. Additionally, as a result of OPDAT’s capacity building efforts, the Justice Department’s partners in Central America have strengthened cooperation and developed the skills, tools, and techniques to maximize results against all forms of transnational organized crime impacting the region and the United States. 

“Since 2017, we have taken a joint and coordinated approach as northern triangle countries with our strategic partner, the United States of America,” said Attorney General Raul Melara of El Salvador.  “To give our Salvadoran people a response and ensure that criminals face justice, we have strengthened the work of our Specialized Prosecution Units to be more effective in combating organized crime and terrorist organizations.  I am committed as Attorney General to continuing this coordinated effort.  We will only eradicate transnational organized crime by combining efforts as a region and by continuing to work together.”    

“As Attorney General of the Republic and Chief of the Public Ministry, I reaffirm my commitment to the fight against transnational organized crime, one of the main goals of my administration,” said Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta of Guatemala.  “To this end, we have increased efforts to provide an effective response to the population through the creation of the Prosecutor’s Office against Transnational Crimes, the Special Unit against Transnational Gangs, the Special Unit against Crimes in Airports and Airfields, the signing of the statement of the Advisory Group of General Prosecutors of the Northern Triangle, which I have the honor to preside; among other strategic actions to combat transnational organized crime with frontal actions against drug trafficking, gangs, organized crime and smuggling of migrants.”

“I consider that, due to the regional threat posed by these transnational crimes, equal interagency and regional efforts should come into effect,” said Attorney General Oscar Fernando Chinchilla of Honduras.  “Only by joining forces, the damaging consequences produced by these criminal organizations could be neutralized.”

In El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the investigations into transnational criminal organizations is being handled by regional gang prosecutors who receive State Department-funded training and mentoring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and OPDAT. With support from State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, prosecutors from OPDAT helped establish task forces in the region and work with FBI’s local Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) units, as well as HSI’s Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIUs). These efforts have helped Central American partners convict thousands of criminals, seize over $1 billion in illicit assets, and coordinate dozens of transnational investigations with their U.S. counterparts.

Law enforcement agencies involved in this latest sixth ORS operation included El Salvador’s Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) and the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC); Honduras Policía Nacional, la Dirección Nacional de Servicios Especiales de Investigación (DNSEI), Agencia Técnica de Investigaciones Criminales (ATIC), and Fuerza Nacional Anti Maras y Pandillas (FNAMP) and Guatemala’s Prosecutor’s Office against Transnational Crimes, National Civil Police, Special National Division of Criminal Investigation, National Civil Police’s Anti-Gang Unit, Public Ministry, Anti-Extortions Prosecution Office, and the Special Unit against Transnational Gangs.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

Photo courtesy of El Salvador Attorney General’s Office.

Salvadoran Police arrest multiple gang members in Operation Regional Shield.  

Photo courtesy of El Salvador Attorney General’s Office.

Salvadoran authorities seize cash from gang members which they will forfeit as proceeds of criminal activities.  

Photo courtesy of El Salvador Attorney General’s Office.

Members of the 18th Street gang are arrested in Operation Regional Shield.  

Video available: Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 3 from sinking vessel near Cape Fear, North Carolina

Source: United States Coast Guard

Video available: Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 3 from sinking vessel near Cape Fear, North Carolina

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted in the rescue of three mariners after their vessel began to take on water approximately 46 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, Friday morning. 

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center received an alert from an unregistered emergency positioning indicating radio beacon approximately 46 miles off the coast of Cape Fear. 

The 5th District Command Center watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an HC-130 Hercules aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina to search the area of the EPIRB alert.

Once on scene, the Hercules aircrew spotted a vessel that was taking on water and dropped a bilge pump and a life raft to the mariners aboard.

The mariners were unable to utilize the bilge pump, which resulted in them abandoning ship and climbing into the life raft.

A good Samaritan boatcrew who overheard the UMIB was successfully vectored in by the Hercules aircrew and safely transferred all three mariners aboard their vessel.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, North Carolina, also responded and met with the good Samaritan to help escort them back to Station Oak Island.

No injuries were reported.

“We are glad that we were able to locate the vessel with the EPIRB alert and help bring these mariners home safely,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Langley, a command duty officer at the 5th District command center. “However, it is vital to register your EPIRB to your vessel with the proper information in the case of an emergency situation. ”

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Dexter W. Long Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking Crime

Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Dexter Wilton Long, age 59, from Barrigada, Guam, was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to 87 months imprisonment for Possession of Fifty or More Grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii).  The Court also ordered five years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.  In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.

On May 9, 2019, Long was apprehended at the airport after arriving on Guam via United Airlines Flight 201.  A secondary inspection of his luggage resulted in the recovery of 430 net grams of 99% pure methamphetamine hydrochloride (“ice”).  The subsequent investigation revealed that Long had also mailed a package to himself from Honolulu that contained two separate bags containing 2.05 net grams of 98% pure methamphetamine and 182 net grams of 99% pure methamphetamine.

This case was a result of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  The case was prosecuted by Laura C. Sambataro, Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.

Brian Sanchez Chan Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking Crime

Hagatña, Guam – SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Brian Sanchez Chan, age 40, from Dededo, Guam, was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to 71 months imprisonment for Possession of Fifty or More Grams of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii). The Court also ordered five years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. In addition, defendants convicted of a federal drug offense may no longer qualify for certain federal benefits.

On September 16, 2019, Chan was arrested after agreeing to sell five ounces of methamphetamine to an undercover officer from the Drug Enforcement Administration in exchange for $27,000. The parties agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Guam Hilton Hotel in Tumon to complete the sale. Chan stated that he was uncomfortable selling that high of a quantity, and would bring two ounces first, and then when he had the money in hand, would leave and return with the rest.  Once the transaction was made, Chan was arrested and 55.6 net grams of 97% pure methamphetamine hydrochloride was recovered.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Laura C. Sambataro, Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.

Boston Man Arrested Carrying Loaded Firearm at MBTA Station in Boston

Defendant, who allegedly purchased material that can be used to manufacture explosives, adheres to sovereign citizen ideology

BOSTON – A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology.

Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following an initial appearance, El was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Dec. 2, 2020.

According to the criminal complaint, El is suspected of compiling chemicals that can be used to manufacture explosives and has been under law enforcement surveillance.

It is alleged that in the early afternoon of Nov. 26, 2020, El took a bus from his house in Dorchester to the Ruggles MBTA station. At Ruggles, El was detained and searched pursuant to a search warrant. During that search, law enforcement discovered that El was in possession of a loaded pistol, three spare magazines that were also fully loaded, a knife and a bullet-proof vest. El was also wearing a security jacket although he is not believed to work as a security guard. Due to a 2004 state conviction for possessing firearms without permits, El is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. The investigation remains ongoing. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The investigation was conducted by FBI Boston’s Joint Terrorism Task Force with substantial assistance from the Boston Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda Beck and Benjamin Tolkoff of Lelling’s National Security Unit are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Three men convicted of terrorism offences

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Three men have been convicted of terrorism offences following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) with support from Counter Terrorism Police North West (CTPNW) and Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) into attack planning and the dissemination of extremist material.

Mohammed Tahir, 19 (17.06.00) of Peterborough, pleaded guilty to one count of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006, at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 4 December.

The two other men are:

– Muhammed Saeed, 21 (25.03.98) of Manchester, who pleaded guilty on 19 June to five counts of possessing an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that the possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 57(1) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000.

– Mohamed Ismail, 23 (11.06.96) of north London, who pleaded guilty on 16 October to two counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006.

Tahir is now scheduled for a Newton hearing on the basis of his plea in early January 2021. All three have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on a date in early 2021.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “I am very pleased with today’s result. Three young men have now been convicted of terrorism offences thanks to the vigilance of counter terrorism officers.

“The Met works with other police forces and security services to provide a counter terrorism network throughout the UK to investigate suspicious activity such as that carried out by these three men and to bring offenders to justice.

“However, the Met is also working hard to prevent young people from being drawn towards activity in the first place.

“I urge anyone who is concerned that someone they know is potentially at risk of radicalisation to tell someone and help them take a different path. You can get specialist support at www.actearly.uk – a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Waldie, head of ERSOU’s Counter Terrorism Policing unit, said: “It’s clear that Tahir is a dangerous individual and it is testament to all those involved in the operation that he had little option but to admit the offences.

“This investigation included significant partnership working across the Counter Terrorism Policing network and I’m delighted that the work of our talented teams at ERSOU has contributed to keeping our communities safe.”

Tahir was arrested and charged as above on 30 December 2019 with two other men as part of a planned operation into three individuals across the UK. CTC, ERSOU and CTPNW worked together to make the arrests.

You can report any suspicious behaviour or activity that you think could be terrorist-related, including online graphic or violent extremist material or content that supports, directs or glorifies terrorism by visiting the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website or alternatively, by calling police in confidence on 0800 789 321.

If you are worried that someone you know is being radicalised, visit www.actearly.uk or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence. Our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.

Previously-Removed Dominican National Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Re-Entry into the United States

St. Thomas, USVI – Jose Fatima Rosario-Remigio was sentenced Wednesday on his conviction for illegal re-entry into the United States, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

            District Court Judge Robert Molloy sentenced Rosario-Remigio to 24 months imprisonment and a $100 special assessment. 

According to court documents, Rosario-Remigio is a national of the Dominican Republic who entered the United States without inspection at a place not designated as a point of entry. On October 1, 2019, Rosario-Remigio traveled on a vessel from the British Virgin Islands to St. John, United States Virgin Islands. He then traveled from a beach on St. John to the ferry terminal, where he boarded a ferry traveling to St. Thomas. Rosario-Remigio was previously convicted for the criminal sale of cocaine in New York, and he had been removed from the United States on May 7, 2019.

            This case was investigated by Virgin Islands Port Authority, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam Sleeper.

Japan’s Reports on Conditions at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, 25 November 2020

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA

On 25 November 2020, Japan provided the IAEA with a copy of a report on the discharge record and the seawater monitoring results at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during September, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent to all international Missions in Japan.

The report contains information on discharges from the subdrain and groundwater drain systems, as well as on groundwater bypassing conducted during the month of October. In both cases, in advance of the action, TEPCO analyzes the quality of the groundwater to be discharged and announces the results. These results confirm that the radiation level of sampled water are substantially below the operational targets set by TEPCO.

​Officers flagged down for special delivery

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Shortly before 01:30hrs on Friday, 27 November, officers on patrol at The Broadway, junction with Ranelagh Road in Southall, were flagged down by a member of the public

The man directed the officers to a taxi where his pregnant wife was giving birth in the foot-well. 

The baby boy had been born as the officers arrived, with PC Laidler checking that the cord was free of the baby’s neck and that vital signs were strong, while PC Murphy liaised with London Ambulance Service and made sure the baby’s father was okay. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, West Area commander, said: “For a police officer, every call to action is different and the ability to adapt to each situation is essential. 

“On the night before the birth of the baby boy, these two officers had been deployed to a homicide, the polar opposite of a birth. 

“To have dealt with two incidents of such contrast in just 24 hours has clearly demonstrated their ability to react appropriately no matter what they encounter as they go about their duties. The officers are a credit to the organisation and to London.”