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LOS ANGELES – Two members of the Canta Ranas Organization, a Santa Fe Springs-based criminal enterprise linked to the Mexican Mafia, have been found guilty by a jury of multiple federal offenses, including racketeering, narcotics and firearms charges. 

Three people were indicted in federal court for firearms crimes.

Riccardo D. Harris, 35, of Canton, was charged being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Harris had a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on Oct. 19, despite a previous conviction for aggravated robbery, according to the indictment.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, and Hartford Police Chief David Rosado today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging JOHN ANDERSON, 37, of New Britain, with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Baltimore, Maryland – DeAndre Spencer, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to an armed carjacking. 

 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Anthony Mickens (a.k.a. “K”), 26, of Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday to 60 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Christina Reiss, in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Judge Reiss also sentenced Mickens to a three-year period of supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office, which begins when Mickens is released from prison.

Memphis, TN – A local man has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon illegally possessing firearms in the furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five Kansas City, Mo., area residents were charged in federal court today for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy after law enforcement officers seized approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine during an undercover operation.

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — On December 18, 2018, a federal grand jury in the

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 25-year-old resident of Brownsville has been ordered to prison for 300 months for his role in recruiting a female to carry almost four kilograms of “ice” to Louisiana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Emmanuel Ravell pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2017.

 

SOUTH BEND - Jerome Sells, age 40, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for possession of over 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

Sells was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ANTHONY DALE RANDKLEV, 39, with illegally possessing a firearm.1 RANDKLEV has been previously convicted of multiple violent offenses, including assault, drug, and kidnapping convictions, which prohibit him, under federal law, from owning or possessing a firearm.

1 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man has been ordered detained in federal custody following his arrest on a grand jury indictment charging him with the illegal sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man was arraigned today and ordered detained in federal custody on an indictment charging him with trafficking heroin and fentanyl, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Antonio Rivera, 25, was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan at his arraignment in charges of distribution of heroin, distribution of fentanyl, and felon in possession of a firearm.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, announced that DAVID McKEMMIE, JR., 30, of Windsor, was arrested today and charged by federal criminal complaint with possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that William Nicholas Hearn, 44, of Toxey, Alabama, was sentenced today for his possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.  Hearn pled guilty to the two charges in August of 2018. 

 

FORT WAYNE – Carlos Sanchez, 33 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Theresa L. Springmann, after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Maintaining a Place for Distributing and Using Cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Sanchez was sentenced to 108 months in prison and 1 year of supervised release.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Grandview, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a three-months-long conspiracy that included at least 27 armed robberies, culminating in the armed robbery of a Walgreens in Blue Springs, Mo., in which a suspect was fatally shot by law enforcement officers.

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Robert Real, 56, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Espanola, N.M. was sentenced Monday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and 50 hours of community service for illegally selling firearms, falsifying records, and making false statements to law enforcement agents. 

 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned a 15-count indictment charging FRANK MOSS, 31, of Prospect, with offenses related to the illegal purchase and possession of firearms.

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Jermaine Jackson was sentenced by United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein to 365 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years’ supervised release, for the murder of Edwin Lopez, an employee of a convenience store in Valley Stream, New York. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2017.

CHICAGO — A convicted felon from Chicago has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for illegally selling more than a dozen handguns and rifles.
 
JYMIL CAMPBELL, 31, sold ten handguns, three rifles, and four large-capacity magazines during a nine-month period that ended with his arrest in the summer of 2016. 
 
The sales netted Campbell a total of $8,700 in cash.  Unbeknownst to Campbell, the two buyers were confidential informants working on behalf of law enforcement. 
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old Corpus Christi man has entered a guilty plea to robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

 

ALEXANDRIA, La. – A gang member of the Aryan Circle (AC) was sentenced today for being an accessory-after-the-fact to racketeering murder, announced U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph of the Western District of Louisiana and Assistant Attorney General Bryan A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that

Raymel Weeden, 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of discharge of a firearm causing death, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The sentence will be served consecutive to a 10 year state sentence the defendant is currently serving for Robbery in the First Degree.

 

Fort Myers, Florida – United States District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Oliver Rocher (33, Fort Myers) to 15 years and 10 months in federal prison for firearms and drug-related offenses. The court also ordered Rocher to forfeit $4,002 in drug proceeds.
 
Rocher had pleaded guilty in September 2018.
 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYMON PETERSON, 29, of Stratford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.

 John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, and Willimantic Police Chief Roberto Rosado today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned a superseding indictment yesterday charging MOHAMMADREZA KAMALI, also known as “Reza,” 18, of Willimantic, with several firearms offenses. 

An Akron man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Dollar General.
 
Deonte Griffin, 29, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent. Griffin previously pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery, use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
Griffin used a firearm to rob the Dollar General at 901 Copley Road in Akron on August 30, 2017, according to court documents.
 
Four people were indicted in federal court for firearms violations.
 
Indicted are: Jacob Moser, 28, Conneaut, Robert Howse, 24, of South Euclid, Anthony Clark, 37, of Cleveland, and James Horn, 40, of Cleveland.
 
Moser possessed a Smith & Wesson SD40 VE pistol and 39 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition on August 21, despite a previous conviction for drug trafficking, according to the indictment.
 

 

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On Friday, December 7, 2018, four men entered guilty pleas for their roles in the conspiracy to murder Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati-Casañas, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Lieutenant Albarati was murdered on February 26, 2013.

SANTA ANA, California – Authorities with the Orange County Violent Gang Task Force this morning arrested nine defendants on federal narcotics and firearms charges stemming from an investigation into gang activity in Santa Ana and surrounding communities.

 

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Heath Hobbs, age 43, of Pringle, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 18 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo on firearms offenses.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Hobbs was charged with possession of five stolen firearms. Hobbs admitted to stealing the firearms and trading them for drugs in October 2017.

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of federal firearms violations, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The two-count Indictment, returned on Dec. 12, named Thomas George Stanko, 48, as the sole defendant.

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Travis Jones, age 20, of Oberlin, Pennsylvania, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged a Salem man with stealing multiple firearms from a federal firearms licensee in Dublin, Virginia. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Thomas L. Chittum III, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Washington Field Division made the announcement.

 

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Ernesto Watkins, age 21, of York, Pennsylvania, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for armed robbery and a firearms offense.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Watkins robbed a Turkey Hill Minit Market in downtown York on July 1, 2018. The indictment also alleges that Watkins brandished an Imez 9mm Makarov handgun during and in relation to that robbery.

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that eight defendants were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one kilogram or more of heroin. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
 
Named in the complaint are:
  • Edwin Deleon, 27; 
  • Eugenio Torres, 44;
  • Clarita Mendez, 31;
  • Sergio Smith, 30;
  • Manuel Lewis, 29;
  • Bryan Deleon, 23;
PROVIDENCE - A Cranston man was arrested today on charges he allegedly manufactured and sold a “ghost” machinegun without a license to an out-of-state Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) undercover agent.
 

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Marc Jason Levene (57, Sarasota) to five years in federal prison for possessing explosive materials as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Levene to forfeit almost four tons of explosive fuses and flash powder.

 

Levene had pleaded guilty in September 2018. 

 

ALBANY, NEW YORK – James Haskins, age 42, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to possessing and intending to distribute crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
 
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), New York Field Division.
 

SOUTH BEND – Anthony Braylock, 35 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Braylock was sentenced to 40 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Gonzalo Manzo, 33, of Fresno, California, was sentenced today to 188 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The United States Attorney's Office announced that Dylan J. Nobles, age 20, of Sikeston, Missouri, pled guilty to one felony count of Carjacking, and one felony count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Lynda Johnson, 30, of Brewer, Maine, pled guilty in U.S. District Court  to possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” and heroin and  being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 

 

SOUTH BEND – Julio Sanchez, 48 years old, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Sanchez was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Chesapeake man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture and deal heroin and crack cocaine throughout Hampton Roads.

HAMMOND- Carlos Rodriguez, 41, of Hobart, Indiana, was charged in a criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Raytown, Mo., man who peddled marijuana and guns on the street in Wyandotte County was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

SOUTH BEND – Bernard Pinkerton, 27 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Pinkerton was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by 1 years of supervised release. 

 

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Daniel Nathaniel McCall (53, Sanford) to 15 years in federal prison for ­­­possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Due to his multiple felony convictions, McCall qualified for an increased penalty under the Armed Career Criminal Act. 

 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of CHAD LEE MONSON, 46, for illegally possessing machine guns, pipe bombs, and silencers. MONSON, who pleaded guilty on August 16, 2018, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Judge Joan N. Ericksen to 36 months in prison.

A Cleveland man was indicted for lying about his conviction for domestic violence three times this year while trying to purchase a firearm.
 
Joseph Williams, 25, was indicted on three counts of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.
 
Williams was convicted in 2011 of one misdemeanor count of domestic violence in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.
 

CONCORD - Nathaniel Carr, 24, of Concord, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition by a prohibited person, announced United States Attorney Scott W. Murray.

A convicted rapist from Cleveland was indicted in federal court for having a firearm.
 
Kevin L. Lott, 52, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
Lott possessed a L.W. Seecamp 380 pistol on Oct. 2, despite previous convictions for aggravated burglary and rape, sexual battery and attempted robbery, according to the indictment.
 

HAMMOND- Derek Tyrone Edwards, 40 years old, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Edwards was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release when released from prison.

 

BOSTON – Two western Massachusetts men were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Springfield on armed robbery and firearms charges.

Alfredo Aldeco, 32, of Holyoke, and Emilio Rivera, 30, of Springfield, were each indicted on one count of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of using a firearm in relation to crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Aldeco and Rivera were arrested and charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 21, 2018, and have been in custody since.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced sentencing of MARIO LUIS JONES, 27, for the violent armed robbery of a Red & White taxicab in Minneapolis, Minnesota. JONES pleaded guilty on May 8, 2018, and was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, on December 3, 2018, by Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BOSTON – A Brockton man was convicted today in federal court in Boston of firearm and drug charges.
 

On November 20, 2018, Trenard Caldwell, 27, of Broward County, was sentenced to 161 months in prison by U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas, after previously pleading guilty to being a felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft.

St. Louis, MO – Demetrius Richmond, 46, of St. Louis, pled guilty to one count of being a felon in the possession of a firearm.  He appeared in federal court on Monday, December 3, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A St. Joseph, Mo., man was convicted by a federal trial jury today of illegally possessing a firearm following an 11-hour standoff with law enforcement officers.

 

Terrance T. Brown, 41, of St. Joseph, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Robert Hartley a/k/a “Dooman,” 47, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to life imprisonment for his convictions in two separate jury trials.
 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A St. Joseph, Mo., man was convicted by a federal trial jury today of illegally possessing a firearm following an 11-hour standoff with law enforcement officers.

 

Terrance T. Brown, 41, of St. Joseph, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to nearly nine years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine and possessing, using, and carrying a firearm.

Memphis, TN – Mario Silas, 38, has been sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of firearms and drugs. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Brian Louis, 55, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 92 months in federal prison, for possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Louis pleaded guilty to this charge on August 20, 2018. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two Maryland residents were sentenced to a combined 13 years in prison today for their respective roles in a firearms straw purchasing and trafficking scheme.

The first two defendants in a five-month operation focused on gun violence in the East Hill area of Kent, Washington were sentenced this week to significant prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  ANTHONY RIPLEY, 46, of Tacoma, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison for drug and gun possession crimes.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones noted RIPLEY had spent much of his adult life in prison, and imposed five years of supervised release to follow the ten-year prison sentence.

Raleigh - United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced WILLIAM SHAWN ELLIOT, 55, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, to serve 20 years in federal prison on charges of Arson and Making False Statements to Influence a Bank on a Loan. The Court also ordered that ELLIOT serve 5 years of supervised release, and make restitution in the amount of $921,541.89, to the victims of his offense.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Court Judge David J. Hale sentenced Louisville, Kentucky, man, Sukhjit Bains to 63 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine for being a felon in possession of firearms and for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.
 

 

Jeremiah D. Edwards, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, and Kanasha L. Woods, 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are charged with the armed robbery of a Town of Blooming Grove business, and with brandishing firearms during this crime of violence. The indictment alleges that Edwards and Woods robbed the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on

South Stoughton Road on November 8, 2018, and that they brandished firearms while committing the robbery.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of CEDRIC LAMONT BERRY, JR, a/k/a "Ced," 24, to 71 months in federal prison. BERRY was sentenced on November 28, 2018, by Senior Judge Ann D. Montgomery, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. BERRY pleaded guilty on July 19, 2018, to one count of felon in possession of ammunition.

PITTSBURGH – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against a resident of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, on charges of violating the federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count Indictment, returned on Nov. 27, named Landon Alexander Gatta, 23, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged today in federal court in Boston with drug distribution.

 

Robert Santos, 24, was indicted on one count of possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

 

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger today sentenced Daniel Dwain Lundeby (42, Jacksonville Beach) to five years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Lundeby had pleaded guilty on March 15, 2018.
 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced that more than 100 previous felony offenders possessing firearms have been charged so-far this year as one part of the ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods effort to tackle violent crime in Metro Louisville.

 

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Laquan Hassan Croswell, age 25, of Paterson, New Jersey, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to 30 months’ imprisonment on charges related to straw purchase of firearms.

SOUTH BEND - Marvin Tobar, age 29, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.  

 

Tobar was sentenced to 64 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release. 

 

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Floyd Chase, 48, of Brewer, Maine, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to make false statements to a federal firearms licensee. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo., man who was arrested following a street shootout in a residential neighborhood pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm.

 

Richard Sterling Jones, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Adam Sadlowski, 40, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 51 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  Sadlowski will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

 

SOUTH BEND – Shane Inghels, 36 years old, of Mishawaka, IN, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., after pleading guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

Inghels was sentenced to a total of 235 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release when released from prison. 

HAMMOND –Eric P. Krieg, age 46, of Munster, Indiana, through his attorney, filed a signed agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office indicating his intent to plead guilty to knowingly making an unregistered destructive device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive materials, and mailing a threatening communication, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

 OAKLAND – Andre Martel Winn was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for his role in orchestrating an elaborate illegal interstate firearm trafficking scheme, as well as robbery and  firearms charges, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree.  The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., U.S. District Judge.

 

WASHINGTON - A Cedar Lake, Indiana Latin Kings gang member, was sentenced to 324 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana for his role and participation in the Latin Kings street gang, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas L Kirsch II for the Northern District of Indiana. 

A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Scott Brack and Elgin Brack with the armed robberies of four convenience stores in Queens.  Elgin Brack was also charged with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Both defendants were arrested yesterday evening, made their initial appearances this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold and were ordered detained.

BOSTON – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to drug and firearm charges.

 

Cleon Riley, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of distributing cocaine, and one count of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26, 2019. Riley has been detained since his arrest in May 2018.

 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAQUILLE RICHARDSON, 25, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 117 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for robbery and firearm offenses.

BOSTON – Two western Massachusetts men were arrested and charged today in federal court in Springfield in connection with at least nine armed robberies throughout western Massachusetts.

 Alfredo Aldeco, 32, of Holyoke, and Emilio Rivera, 30, of Springfield, were each charged by criminal complaint with one count of interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting. Rivera and Aldeco were arrested today and will appear in federal court in Springfield today at 2:00 p.m.

CONCORD – Lucas MacLean, 27, formerly of Unity, was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison for federal firearms crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, MacLean induced Jacob Perra, 28, of Goshen to purchase a handgun for him from a firearms dealer in New Hampshire on April 30, 2014. MacLean financed the purchase and later took possession of the gun. Maclean was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

MacLean pleaded guilty on July 27, 2018.

A senior leader of the Aryan Circle (AC) and a gang member were sentenced today for being accessories-after-the-fact to racketeering murder, announced Assistant Attorney General Bryan A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph of the Western District of Louisiana.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DEAN JONES, a/k/a “Kurupt,” was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 26 years in prison for robbing a restaurant in 2012, during which JONES shot an innocent customer, as well as for JONES’s participation in a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, and other drugs.  JONES was convicted of robbery-related and narcotics-related offenses at separate jury trials in April and December 2017 before United States District Judge Vernon S. Broderick.

St. Louis, MO –Terrance Wilson, a/k/a “Mutt,” 30, of St. Louis, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking offense resulting in death. 

 

Three Akron residents were indicted on federal firearms charges after they were found to have nine firearms and ammunition.

Ronald Black, 43, Jeremy Willard, 36, and Lotus Evans, were each indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for felon in possession of a firearm.

WASHINGTON – Isaiah Green, 28, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a federal

charge stemming from an investigation into a gun trafficking scheme in the District of Columbia, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Thomas L. Chittum III, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

HAMMOND- Anton James, Jr., 22, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Simon to 28 years imprisonment following his guilty plea to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity for his role and participation in the Latin Kings street gang, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

SAVANNAH, GA: More than 40 associates of the notorious Ghost Face Gangsters criminal street gang have been indicted on federal charges related to drug trafficking and firearms possession throughout eastern Georgia and beyond.

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Khalil Smith a/k/a “Lil,” 35, of Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg to life plus 207 years’ imprisonment, to be served consecutively.  Smith was found guilty by a jury in January 2017, of committing a series of horrifying crimes, including armed home invasion robberies, carjackings, a kidnapping, and related firearms offenses—all over the course of an approximate 20-month period, from October 2012 to April 2014.
 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Fulton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally manufacturing a firearm suppressor, or “silencer,” and illegally possessing firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition after making threats toward state workers involved in the case in which he lost custody of his children.

 

PITTSBURGH, PA – After deliberating for approximately five hours, a federal jury found Price Montgomery guilty of violating federal drug, firearms, witness tampering and money laundering laws and James Perrin guilty of violating federal drug and firearms laws. Montgomery’s conviction for killing a federal witness carries a mandatory life sentence.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The member of a violent St. Joseph, Mo., gang pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a RICO conspiracy that involved acts of murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking and armed robberies, among other crimes, as part of a criminal enterprise.

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Timothy Caleb Martinez, 28, of Artesia, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces, N.M., to 75 months in prison for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.  Martinez will be on supervised release for five year after completing his prison sentence. 

 

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who pointed a loaded gun at a federal agent after an armed robbery on the South Side has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.
 
After an armed robbery in Chicago’s South Deering neighborhood on Dec. 19, 2017, NICHOLAS HERMON pointed a loaded handgun at an agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Hermon was later arrested.
 

A Cleveland man twice convicted of domestic violence was indicted for having a gun.

Joshua Hych, 24, was indicted in federal court on one count of possession of a firearm after misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Hych on Sept. 26 possessed a Taurus 9mm handgun, despite convictions for domestic violence in 2012 and 2015 Parma Municipal Court.

This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivs. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Brendon Linus-Brown, 22, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson, to 42 months in federal prison for possessing two firearms as a convicted felon. Linus-Brown pleaded guilty to this charge on August 3, 2018. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

LONDON, Ky. – A convicted Laurel County, Kentucky, man was sentenced in United States District Court Tuesday, November 13, 2018, by United States District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, to 248 months in prison for committing firearms offenses. There is no parole in the federal system.

LOS ANGELES – Authorities have arrested eight members and associates of the East Side Torrance street gang on federal narcotics trafficking and firearms charges stemming from an investigation that led to a number of seizures, including 20 pounds of methamphetamine that was discovered in a Torrance apartment complex.

Six people were indicted on federal firearms charges.

Indicted are: Eric J. Allen, 31, of Akron; Lyjesta Jerry Agee, 31, of Cleveland; Howard T. Duncan, 26, of Cleveland; Dwaine Rucker, Jr., 25, Cleveland; Christopher Brenick, 23, of Valley View, and Eric Reynolds, 20, of Valley View.

All are charged with being felons in possession of firearms, except Brenick and Reynolds, who are charged with making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Ponder, Texas, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his stealing 654 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Mo., en route to Bass Pro Shops.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael J. Favors, 26, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to murder two potential witnesses.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the plea entered into today before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.

 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jeremiah D. Edwards, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, and Kanasha L. Woods, 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on November 12, 2018 with the armed robbery of a business and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of that crime of violence.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearm and narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on November 13, named Gage Gilmore, 21, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about February 6, 2018, Gilmore unlawfully possessed cocaine, and firearms and ammunition after having been previously convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

PITTSBURGH, PA -A New York resident has been sentenced in federal court to 7 years’ imprisonment on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Marlin Scott, 26, of Buffalo, NY.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man who wore a skeleton mask while disrupting traffic was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

 

Daniel A. Robertson, 54, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Robertson on Oct. 29, 2018.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Mexican national was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally selling more than a dozen firearms and a large amount of methamphetamine and heroin to an undercover federal agent.

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeffrey Parker, 33, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by complaint with unlawful possession of a machinegun, and unlawful possession of a firearm which is not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

CINCINNATI – Dexter Wright, 37, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison for selling a mix of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Indianapolis-United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that an Indianapolis man was sentenced in federal court to 126 months (over 10 years) for his role in a 2015 shooting near the federal courthouse. Marcus Fennell, 26, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.   

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy and two alleged cohorts are scheduled to make their first court appearances this afternoon after they were arrested Thursday on federal drug distribution charges that allege they stole 600 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse by falsely portraying themselves as law enforcement officers executing a search warrant.

 

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces the guilty plea and sentence of defendant Kevin V. Lucy for unlawfully possessing a firearm.  Lucy pled guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm in Federal Court on July 23, 2018, before Senior Judge Callie V.S. Granade.  On November 7, 2018, Senior Judge Granade sentenced the defendant to 97 months.

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An Akron man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for firearms violations.
 
Lashawn Johnson, 40, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
Akron Police officers responded on Feb. 4 to a 911 call from a man who stated that Johnson pointed a gun in his face and threatened him outside of a convenience store.  Police responded and found the Johnson in the store, according to court records and statements in court. 
 

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Carlos Walker, 43, of Newton, Mississippi, was sentenced on November 6, 2018, for his participation in the possession with intent to distribute two kilograms of cocaine.  Walker pled guilty to the charge in June of 2017. 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Joplin, Mo., man has been convicted by a federal trial jury of leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Mo.

 

Donald B. Loomis, 36, was found guilty on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jasper County from March 1, 2015, to Sept. 24, 2016.

 

In Waco today, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced 38-year-old Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino Chavez, nephew of Los Zetas leaders Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (Z-40) and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales (Z-42), to two consecutive life imprisonment sentences plus 20 years in federal prison. In addition to the prison terms, Judge Moses ordered that Trevino pay a $2 Million fine and a $2 Million money judgment.
 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced that MICHAEL BROWN, age 24, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today for murder through use of a firearm and carjacking. 

 

Two men from Northwest Ohio were indicted on federal firearms charges.
 
David L. Hannah, 52, of Findlay, and Terrence Turner, 31, of Toledo, were both indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Their cases are otherwise unrelated.
 
Hannah possessed nine firearms on Sept. 22, despite a previous conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hannah possessed two AM15, 5.56 mm rifles, two .22-caliber rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns and three handguns, according to the indictment.
McALLEN, Texas – A 32-year-old Donna man has been sentenced in federal court for being a felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Joaquin Ramos De La Cruz pleaded guilty Sept. 1, 2017.
 
Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed De La Cruz a sentence of 204 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. De La Cruz had previously been convicted for numerous criminal offenses, including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and attempted murder.
 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 39-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal jury convicted Juan Dedios Delagarza Aug. 14, 2018, following two days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.

 

 

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced DANIEL LEE WADE, JR., 24, of Greenville, North Carolina to 120 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

 

Anthony Joseph Safiotti, 35, of St. Lucie County, was convicted by a federal jury yesterday of aiding and abetting false statements to unlawfully purchase a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 2.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office made the announcement.

CHICAGO — John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today announced progress in combatting violent crime through a series of targeted strategies as part of the Department of Justice’s revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.

ALBUQUERQUE – Donovan Young, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M, made his initial appearance this morning in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with carjacking and firearms offenses.   Young remains in federal custody pending preliminary and detention hearings scheduled for tomorrow.

 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Brooklyn, New York man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for a long-term heroin, methamphetamine, and gun-running conspiracy. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Glenn Heights, Texas, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing 650 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Mo., en route to Bass Pro Shops.
 
Quinton Haywood, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charges contained in a Feb. 21, 2018, federal indictment. Haywood has remained in federal custody since his arrest in January 2018.
 
Baltimore, Maryland – Ricky Evans, a/k/a Dorsey, and Shawn Thomas, a/k/a Bucky, both age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty on November 5, 2018, to the federal charge of participating in a racketeering conspiracy, as leaders in the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Tyler J. Hughes, 25, of California and formerly a Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard stationed in Massachusetts, was sentenced to time served for making false statements during the purchase of a firearm. Hughes also agreed to forfeit five firearms and ammunition.

A Cleveland man was arrested and charged with firearms violations in federal court.
 
Ahmed Williams, 37, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Williams possessed five .410 shotgun cartridges and a modified flare gun on Oct. 26, despite a previous conviction for attempted felonious assault.
 

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., man who admitted selling a pound of methamphetamine a week was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

Memphis, TN - The first Executive Order issued by President Trump in February 2017 was to reduce crime and restore public safety to communities across the nation.

Under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the nation’s 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Department of Justice have responded and charged the largest number of violent crime and firearm defendants in its history in FY 2018.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Michael James Reed, 39, of Toomsuba, Mississippi, was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute two kilograms of cocaine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Reed pled guilty to the charges in March of this year. 

 

BOSTON – A Brockton man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

 

Dwayne Leaston-Brown, 28, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He appeared before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell today and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing.

Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh Minkler and Trevor Velinor, ATF Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Columbus Field Division today announced the results of an anti-violence initiative called Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The goal of PSN, working together with federal, state and local law enforcement is to reduce the number of criminal homicides and non-fatal shootings in the Evansville area.

An Opa-Locka resident was sentenced yesterday to 63 months in federal prison, after having been convicted at trial of possession of an unregistered firearm.

 

LOS ANGELES – United States Attorney Nick Hanna is presenting awards today to more than 200 members of law enforcement agencies for their outstanding work in dozens of cases prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. During the office’s annual Law Enforcement Awards ceremony, officials from federal and local agencies – as well as six Canadian police officers – are being honored for their work in rooting out criminal wrongdoing in Southern California.

BIRMINGHAM – A 2-month operation focused on reducing violent crime in Tuscaloosa resulted in federal charges against 36 defendants, with 40 guns seized, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy and Tuscaloosa District Attorney Hays Webb.

 

A Cleveland man was sentenced to more than six years in prison for illegally having ammunition stemming from a shootout last year in which two people were killed.

Jesus Bey, 25, was sentenced to 78 months in prison. A jury convicted Bey earlier this year of being a felon in possession of ammunition following a weeklong trial.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Damiane Buehrer, 40, of Jonesville, Michigan, was sentenced yesterday to serve 46 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for participating in a dog-fighting conspiracy between November 2016 and December 2017. The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge of the Western District of Michigan made the announcement.
A federal jury today convicted eight Baltimore, Maryland men for conspiring to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG), a subset of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) gang, including nine murders, drug trafficking, and witness intimidation, as well as on conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, marijuana, and cocaine.  Several of the defendants were also convicted of related drug and firearms charges.   

Four alleged members or associates of the Aryan Circle (AC) have been indicted and three arrested for their alleged roles in a Nov. 9, 2013 aggravated assault in Jefferson County, Missouri.

 

The indictments were announced by Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri.

 

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Tony Leonard, a/k/a “Tom Cat,” 49, of Lewiston, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Thomas Caldwell, 68, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 37 months in federal prison for engaging in the business of selling firearms without a federal firearms dealer’s license. Caldwell pled guilty to this offense on September 6, 2018.
 

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for his role in a firearms trafficking scheme.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RISHI MALIK, 46, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to charges related to role in a conspiracy to defraud the State of Connecticut of millions of dollars in taxes due on tobacco products imported into the state.
 

A North Lauderdale resident was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

 

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, JAMES DANIEL BLOODWORTH, 60, of Raleigh, was sentenced by United States Senior District Judge W. Earl Britt for robbery and carjacking offenses. Judge Britt sentenced BLOODWORTH to 175 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

 

ROCKFORD —A Rockford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on gun and drug charges. DERRICK T. NEVILLE, JR., 28, of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced to 186 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

WASHINGTON – Two Maryland law enforcement teams were among 280 Department of Justice employees and others recognized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for their distinguished public service at the 66th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony held on October 24, 2018.  This annual ceremony recognizes employees and other individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements, leadership, and service to the Department of Justice and the American people. 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Abdul Majid Saidi, 42, and Walid Mounir Chehade, 38, both of metro Cleveland, Ohio, each pleaded guilty before a U.S. Magistrate Judge pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. The guilty pleas were accepted by U.S. District Court Judge Gordon J. Quist and both defendants were adjudicated guilty. Saidi and Chehade face a maximum of 5 years of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised released, and a $250,000 fine.
CAMDEN, N.J. – A man and woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who were arrested for conspiring to engage in illegal gun-trafficking in South Jersey will be making their initial appearances in court in New Jersey today, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 
 
Anthony Doyle, 27, and Anastacia Thomas, 26, are charged by complaint with conspiring to illegally traffic firearms. Doyle is also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.
 
WASHINGTON – Quran Jeter, 20, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a federal charge stemming from his role in a conspiracy to purchase firearms through a straw purchaser in the Atlanta, Ga. region and bring them to the District of Columbia for illegal resale.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Thomas L. Chittum III, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Steven P. Springer II, 26, of Pittsfield, Maine, was sentenced today by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for providing false information during the purchase of firearms.  Springer pleaded guilty on May 29, 2018.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia recently named the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Charleston Field Office the law enforcement agency of the year during the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement and Victim Assistance Awards Ceremony held on October 25, 2018 at the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Six men who are alleged to be associated with a criminal enterprise generally known as Chad, Chad Brown, Chad Brown Posse, Chad Brown Cut Throats, Cut Throat Committee, Chad Brown Killers, CBK, The Bricks, and Hova Gang, among others (collectively, “the Chad Brown Gang”) have been charged by way of a federal indictment with violating the Racketeer Influenced Criminal Organization Act (RICO) by allegedly engaging in attempted murders, felony assaults, federal firearms offenses, drug trafficking and obstruction of justice. 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that two men have pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to charges related to the illegal manufacturing and possession of machine guns.

WAYCROSS, GA: Eleven people have been indicted on federal charges for importing and trafficking methamphetamine throughout southeast Georgia.

WAYCROSS, GA: Eleven people have been indicted on federal charges for importing and trafficking methamphetamine throughout southeast Georgia.

COEUR D’ALENE – Adam Arrow Weinberger, 57, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and William Morris Antelope, 47, of Cheney, Washington, are the latest sentenced in a multistate drug investigation, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Weinberger to 92 months in prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, and on Monday sentenced Antelope to 39 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

SAN DIEGO – Arash Sean Soltani of Vista was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana with intent to distribute and for possession of firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities, by the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, United States District Judge, Southern District of California.

OAKLAND – Currently 20 members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ or ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) arrived on scene today at 950 West Grand Ave in Oakland, California, to provide their expertise in the determination of the cause and origin of a five-alarm fire that occurred at the location the morning of October 23.

 

PITTSBURGH - Two siblings from Cleveland, Ohio, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal robbery and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The seven-count indictment, returned on October 16, named the defendants as Rayshawn Patterson, 19, and Reginald Patterson, 21, both formerly of 12305 Rexford Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44105.

WASHINGTON - Darron Wint, 37, also known as Daron Wint, formerly of Lanham, Md., was found guilty by a jury today of 20 felony charges, including multiple counts of first-degree murder while armed, for the May 2015 slayings of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, Amy Savopoulos, their son, Philip Savopoulos, and a household employee, Veralicia Figueroa.

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Jason Kiser, age 40, of Taneytown, Maryland, with illegal possession of firearms, witness retaliation, use of fire in the commission of a felony, and malicious destruction of a vehicle by fire.  The superseding indictment was returned late on October 24, 2018.

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Jacob Bowling, a/k/a “Jakey,” age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for racketeering and drug conspiracies related to his participation in the gang activities of the Murdaland Mafia Piru (MMP), a subset of the Bloods gang. 

ALBUQUERQUE – Nathan Cole Owens, 36, of Roswell, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to carjacking and firearms charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Owens will be sentenced to 100 months in federal prison followed by a period of supervised release to be determined by the court.

 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cheryl Barrera, 50, South Beloit, Illinois, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to four years in federal prison for possessing 50 grams of more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Barrera pleaded guilty to this charge on August 1, 2018.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the sexual exploitation of a child and for illegally possessing a firearm.

 

Corey Dean Frasher, 43, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 35 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Frasher to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced ROBERT LEE HOLDEN, JR., 50, of Wilson, to 264 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.

HOLDEN was convicted following a two-day trial on July 9, 2018.  The jury found HOLDEN guilty of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

 

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jose David Santiago-Curet, age 22, of York, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearm offenses.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Santiago-Curet possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine base, possessed a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possessed a firearm (9mm Ruger) as a previously convicted felon on June 30, 2018, in York County.

Four additional members of Chicago area criminal street gang, the Latin Dragons Nation, have been charged with racketeering conspiracy and other related offenses in a second superseding indictment unsealed today, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II for the Northern District of Indiana announced. 

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that a Sitka man has been indicted on federal charges alleging he illegally constructed and possessed a pipe bomb.

Zachary Loewen, 28, of Sitka, was named in the indictment charging him with possession of an unregistered destructive device, unlawfully making a destructive device, and for being a felon in possession of an explosive. Loewen’s arraignment hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 25, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.

BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

 

Hector Navarro, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release. In June 2018, Navarro pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Trenton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in north central Missouri.

 

Faron Wayne Lawrence, 52, of Trenton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 12 years in federal prison without parole.

 

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita woman was sentenced Monday to 110 months in federal prison for prying open a display case and stealing guns from a local store, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Antonio Travis Steward, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to serve 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, on numerous occasions that involved criminal activity in Anchorage.

 

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Antonio Travis Steward, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to serve 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, on numerous occasions that involved criminal activity in Anchorage.  

ATLANTA – Kenneth Copeland was sentenced to federal prison on October 22, 2018, for being a felon in possession of a firearm after bringing an assault rifle into the Dunbar Recreational Center Gymnasium.

“Our community centers are designed to be a place where the public—especially our children—can safely play and gather together,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “By bringing a loaded assault rifle into the gymnasium, Copeland put all those present in danger and took from the community its sense of safety.” 

 

Memphis, TN – Five individuals have been indicted for carjacking and armed robbery. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments today.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee has responded to a recent increase in the number of carjackings in the district by obtaining indictments against five individuals each responsible for violent carjacking incidents involving the possession and use of firearms within the past year.

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Willie Iva Jennings (35, Reddick) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Jennings faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

WICHITA, KAN. – The Sheriff of Ness County pleaded guilty Monday to a federal firearm charge and agreed to resign, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

TOPEKA – A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 40 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a stolen gun, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

 

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Baltimore, Maryland – Donte Smith, age 33, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to assault of a federal officer and brandishing a firearm in the course of a crime of violence, in connection with the May 26, 2017, assault on two undercover Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

HAMMOND – United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges against 6 members of the Latin Kings, a criminal enterprise operating in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.  Named in today’s two-count superseding indictment are:

Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 37, of Hammond, IN

Sean Michael Pena a/k/a “Big Body,” 36, of Hammond, IN

David Ulmenstine a/k/a “Silent,” 27, of Harvey, IL

Miguel Angel Marines a/k/a “Egg,” 24, of East Chicago, IN

Reynaldo Robles a/k/a “Sneaky,” 27, of Lake Station, IN

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Palau national has been sentenced in federal court for carjacking a woman’s vehicle in Anchorage, which led to a vehicle chase during which he caused a collision with another driver.

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Triangle man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin, and using and carrying a firearm while drug trafficking.

PLANO, Texas – A 70-year-old Plano, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.

 

Alfred Pick pleaded guilty on May 22, 2018, to a charge of possession of a firearm while an unlawful user of a controlled substance and was sentenced, pursuant to an agreement by all parties, to 87 months in federal prison on Oct. 17, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

BOSTON – Twin brothers from Hyannis were charged in federal court in Boston yesterday with additional gun and drug offenses.
 
EUGENE, Ore. – A three-count indictment was unsealed in federal court today charging John Widener Jordan, 38, and Michael James Friesen, 32, both of Prineville, Oregon, with conspiracy to transfer and unlawful possession of a machine gun.
 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Belton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in north central Missouri and for illegally possessing firearms.

 

Robert Ryan Hicks, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 17 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

CHICAGO — A convicted felon has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic handgun in a west suburb of Chicago.
 
MARK HILL possessed the gun on June 17, 2016, in Broadview. Hill had previously been convicted of a felony and was not legally allowed to possess a firearm. After his arrest, Hill attempted to obstruct justice by urging his girlfriend to lie on his behalf.
 

PHILADELPHIA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division announced today a conclusion to the origin and cause investigation into the residential fire that occurred on February 1, 2018, at 71 Shady Drive in Indiana, Pennsylvania. 

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury has found Joseph Deleon (29, Mount Dora) guilty of robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Deleon faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled. He was indicted on July 11, 2018.
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gerald A. Lawson III, 31, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison for acting as a straw purchaser for Quentin L. Smith, a convicted felon who shot and killed two Westerville Police Officers on February 10, 2018.

 

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment today against Pedro Gavino, 23, and his father, Pedro Gavino-Robles, 58, both of Orosi, charging them with four felony counts of animal cruelty violations relating to cockfighting, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

BOISE – Danny Ray VanZandt, 40, of Boise, was sentenced today to 300 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  A federal grand jury indicted VanZandt on May 15, 2018.

Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton today sentenced Mark Charles Barnett (50, Ocala) to 40 years in federal prison for attempted arson, possession of an unregistered National Firearms Act (NFA) destructive device, and making an unregistered NFA destructive device. A federal jury found Barnett guilty on July 27, 2018.

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that an Anchorage man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in the Sept. 25, 2017, armed robbery of Caffé D’Arte and the attempted armed robbery of Heavenly Cup, which led to a vehicle chase during which defendant shot at one of the pursuing APD vehicles.

 

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictment today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Michael A. Raskie, Jr., 36, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of two firearms. The indictment alleges that on September 22, 2018, he possessed a .45 caliber handgun and a 5.56 mm rifle.

Jackson, Miss. – Deonte Terrell Proctor, 33, of Jackson, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., to 195-months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

OXFORD – The final defendant in a multi-defendant drug-trafficking case has been

sentenced to 72 months in federal prison resulting from her role in a methamphetamine (ice) distribution conspiracy in the Northern District of Mississippi. Tammy Joanne Brooks of Ashland previously pled guilty to drug trafficking in U.S. District Court in April 2018. Chief Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced her in U.S. District Court in Oxford Wednesday morning.

HOUSTON - The 26-year-old man convicted of burning the Victoria Islamic Center in January 2017 has been ordered to federal prison for more than 24 years. 
 
U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick for the Southern District of Texas, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI made the announcement.
 

Baltimore, Maryland –Menard Hazelwood, age 29, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to assault of a federal officer and brandishing a firearm in the course of a crime of violence, in connection with the May 26, 2017, assault on two undercover Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

The United States of America, through its Departments of Justice, Treasury, and State  announced today a series of measures to target and dismantle the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) – one of the largest, most dangerous drug cartels currently operating in Mexico. These measures include the unsealing of 15 indictments, the State Department’s approval of large rewards, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designations, and the establishment of a citizen tip-line.   

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a meth-trafficking conspiracy that resulted in a fatal shooting.

 

James P. Roberts, 27, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District judge Greg Kays to 23 years and six months in federal prison without parole.

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the armed robbery of a hotel in Columbia, Mo., on May 31, 2017.

 

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District James C. Dever III sentenced STEVEN WILLIAM NOWELL, a/k/a “Shoota,” 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 180 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

 

WASHINGTON –Antonio Spencer, 25, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a five-year prison term after pleading guilty to a federal drug offense stemming from an investigation into the trafficking of PCP, crack cocaine and heroin in Southwest Washington. Six co-defendants previously were sentenced to prison terms in the case.

Memphis, TN – On October 11, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted two men for firearms theft from a UPS facility. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictment today.

According to the charging instrument, on September 30, 2018, Roland Jackson, 18, of Chicago, Illinois and Taveyan Turnbo did knowingly transport and ship stolen firearms from Tennessee to Illinois, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922 (i).

Memphis, TN – Joseph Hamilton, 30, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. D. Michael Dunavant, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

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