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TX AG Investigates Chinese Owned Co For Crimes Against Children, Drug Smuggling

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAG Paxton Investigates TikTok for Potential Facilitation of Human Trafficking & Child Privacy Violations

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued two Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) to TikTok Inc.  This investigation focuses on TikTok’s potential facilitation of human trafficking and child privacy violations, as well as other potential unlawful conduct.

“Chinese-owned company TikTok may be complicit in child exploitation, sex trafficking, human trafficking, drug smuggling and other unimaginable horrors,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “I will get to the bottom of these concerns and make sure Big Tech doesn’t interfere with the safety and security of Texans.”

To read the CIDs click here

TX AG Investigating 2 Pharmaceuticals For DeceptiveTrade Practices

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAG Paxton to Investigate Promotion of Puberty Blockers in Children

AUSTIN, TX  –  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and AbbVie Inc. under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  These pharmaceutical companies allegedly advertised and promoted hormone (puberty) blockers for unapproved uses without disclosing the potential risks associated with these drugs to children and their parents.

Medications Supprelin LA and Lupron Depot are approved to treat children with Central Precocious Puberty (CPP), when the puberty process begins prematurely.   And Vantas, along with other forms of Lupron, has been prescribed for palliative treatment of prostate cancer.  These drugs are now being used to treat gender dysphoria even though they are not approved for such use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Gender dysphoria is a diagnosed mental disorder in which a person experiences significant distress related to a strong desire to be of another biological sex.

“The manufacture, sale, prescription, and use of puberty blockers on young teens and minors is dangerous and reckless,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said.  “These drugs were approved for very different purposes and can have detrimental and even irreversible side effects.  I will not allow pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of Texas children.”

The OAG has the authority to investigate false, misleading, and deceptive conduct by businesses in Texas, and to take legal action to enforce the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Read letter HERE

TX AG FAU Rounds Up Violent Felon Parole Violators

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoPaxton’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit Arrests 18 Violent Parole Violators in Operation

AUSTIN, TX  –  Last week, Office of the Attorney General Arlington and Austin Fugitive Unit Personnel conducted an operation that focused on apprehending and arresting parole violators with violent felony convictions, violent criminal history and gang affiliations.  The teams focused on parole violators in the Amarillo area, which consisted of both Potter and Randall counties.  During the week, 18 suspects were arrested.

The suspects were currently on parole for offenses such as Murder, Assault, Robbery, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Assault Family Violence, Drugs and various other felonies, including violent criminal histories.  The Amarillo Police Department assisted with providing intel leading to some of the arrests.  The following suspects were arrested during the operation:

  • Ruben James Solis, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of Habitation Felony 2nd Degree in 2018 violated the conditions of his parole by being arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.
  • Jeremy Juan Mendoza, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled with Intent Bodily Injury Felony 3rd Degree in 2017.
  • Tiundrae Delmar Nelson, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams in 2006 with a history of aggravated assault.
  • Michael Wayne Cooper, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 1-4 Grams in 2018 with a history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Chad Edwin Hooser, Amarillo, Parole Violations for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 1-4 Grams and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2017.
  • Antonio Ford Arreola, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams and Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 4-200 Grams in 2013 with a criminal history of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • Alan Dale Howard, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of Habitation in 1994 with a history of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
  • Patricio Garza Guzman, Amarillo, Parole Violation for two counts of Burglary of Habitation in 2009 with a history of Possession of Firearms by a Felon.
  • Kevin Don Groom, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Murder in 1993.
  • Andrew Walter Pettis Jr, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Robbery Felony 2nd Degree in 2015.
  • Justin Guzman, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact and Attempted Indecency with a Child in 2015.
  • Mark Edward Fox, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in 2017.
  • John Jennings, Amarillo, Parole Violation for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2002.
  • Richard Earl Ewing, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in 2014.
  • Joseph Johnny Sustaita, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon in 2016.
  • David Ray Nivens, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Assault Breath Impediment Family/Household Member with Two Prior Convictions in 2018.
  • Ricardo Fernandez, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Burglary of a Habitation in 2016 with a criminal history of Robbery.
  • Angela Lynn Ramirez, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled in 2016.
  • Steven Lee Thompson, Amarillo, Parole Violation for Aggravated Robbery in 2012. 

TX AG FAU Stops 3 Child Predators

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoPaxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Travis County, Jose Antonio Garcia-Barriga was arrested in Austin on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child issued by the Austin Police Department.  This arrest was made on Aug. 6 while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Travis County, Cesar Ambrosio Sanchez was arrested in Austin on an outstanding warrant for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child issued by the Austin Police Department. This arrest was made on Aug. 3 while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Galveston County, Ismael Ruiz Jr. was arrested in Galveston on outstanding warrants for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Assault and Injury to a Child/Elderly/Disabled issued by the Galveston Police Department.  This arrest was made on Aug. 3 while working in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force

TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

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TX AG Units Stop Child Trafficker, Violent Fugitives

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

The Human Trafficking Unit made a noteworthy arrest last week.

In Smith County, on June 3, Brandon Lee Mon Johnson, 25, of Tyler was arrested for Continuous Trafficking of a Person.  Johnson was taken into custody after he was found with a minor who was believed to be a victim of domestic sex trafficking.  The investigation confirmed that Johnson had been sex trafficking the minor, and Johnson was transported to the Smith County Jail.  This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshal’s Task Force in Tyler.

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.

In Travis County, Evan Lee Stough was arrested in Austin on June 2.  Stough was convicted in 2013 of Activities Relating to Material Constituting or Containing Child Pornography Felony in Bexar County.  Stough violated his probation, and the United States Marshals Service issued a corresponding Probation Violation – Obscenity warrant. This arrest was made while working with United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.

In Harris County, Melvin Kimble Jr. was arrested in Houston on June 1.  In 1988, Kimble was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault and Robbery in Harris County and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.  Kimble violated the terms of his parole by being involved in an alleged assault and TDCJ issued a corresponding Parole Violation warrant.