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Sonny served 30 years in federal law enforcement and is a former Supervisory Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Charleston, South Carolina. Sonny began his career on the United States southern border as a United States Border Patrol Agent. He later accepted positions with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and Nashville, Tennessee. In 2003, the investigations branches of the INS and the US Customs Service were merged under the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.
As a Special Agent, Sonny conducted and successfully concluded numerous federal criminal and immigration related investigations. His knowledge and experience with immigration law and related matters include fraud, identity theft, employer based criminal investigations, federal Form I-9 reviews and audits, deportation, as well as the entire legal immigration process and procedures.
As a Supervisory Special Agent, Sonny directly managed, supervised, and oversaw the investigations conducted by HSI Special Agents and Task Force Officers. Sonny managed and held direct oversight for the training and granting of federal authority to the Task Force Officers assigned to HSI in Charleston. These Task Force Officers, once certified with federal authority, were aligned under an HSI designated Border Enforcement Task Force that focused on criminal activity throughout South Carolina. In 2008, Sonny was instrumental in the successful establishment of the first Task Force Program for State and Local Officers being granted Immigration Officer authority in the State of South Carolina.
Sonny is experienced in supervising Special Agents and Task Force Officers working complex federal investigations of human trafficking and human smuggling as well as narcotics importation and distribution, certified undercover investigations involving benefit fraud, counterfeit government documents, public corruption, counter proliferation of technology and illegal exports, bulk cash smuggling and asset forfeiture, criminal gangs, child exploitation and computer forensics, customs trade fraud, illegal alien worksite enforcement, and money laundering. Sonny also conducted internal investigations of misconduct of employees within HSI.
Sonny is a native of Mississippi and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College.