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ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in Metro Business Robberies

December 31, 2010

ST. PAUL — A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of those responsible for multiple business robberies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area was announced today by Bernard J. Zapor, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).More »

Sentencing In Grampa’s Gunshop Burglary

December 28, 2010

Madison, Wis. — John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Darren Richardson, 21, Chicago, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 46 months in prison, without the possibility of parole, for stealing 20 firearms from Grampa’s Gun Shop, 1374 Williamson Street, Madison, on March 13, 2010. Richardson pleaded guilty to this charge on October 7, 2010. (ATF).More »

Rapid City Man Indicted on Drug Charges

December 23, 2010

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing methamphetamine while intending to distribute it and for distributing it near Rapid City. (ATF).More »

Felon (from Idaho) Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

December 16, 2010

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Brandon Spurway, age 28, of Post Fall, Idaho, appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken on December 16, 2010, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. More »

Duluth felon pleads guilty to possessing a firearm

December 15, 2010

A 31-year-old felon from Duluth pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Duluth to possessing a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol. Nicholas James Worden pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm before United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis. Worden was indicted on September 9, 2010. More »

Red Lake felon indicted for possessing two firearms

December 8, 2010

A 24-year-old felon from Red Lake was indicted today in federal court in St. Paul for allegedly possessing a .24 caliber rifle and a nine—millimeter pistol in July of 2010. The indictment charges Fabian Wayne English with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Two armed career criminals charged under the Hobbs Act for using firearms to rob a Dunn Bros coffee shop

December 8, 2010

Two felons were indicted today in federal court in St. Paul for allegedly possessing and using firearms to commit armed robbery of a Dunn Bros coffee shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis on October 27, 2010. The indictment charges Carlos Maurice Harris, age 38, of Falcon Heights, and Ronald Harold Moore, age 47, of Inver Grove Heights, with one count of interference with commerce by robbery under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits robbery affecting interstate commerce. More »

Robbinsdale man indicted for conspiring to distribute cocaine, marijuana

December 8, 2010

A 38-year-old Robbinsdale man was indicted today in federal court in St. Paul for allegedly conspiring to distribute approximately 1.48 kilograms of cocaine and eight kilograms of marijuana. The indictment charges Marlon Terrell Collins with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana. More »

Nine indicted on charges related to crack cocaine trafficking

December 6, 2010

A federal indictment unsealed earlier today in St. Paul alleges that nine individuals have been charged with offenses related to a crack cocaine operation that functioned in Minnesota between November of 2009 and July of 2010. The indictment, which was filed on November 1, 2010, in St. Paul, was unsealed following the initial appearances of five of the defendants.

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Federal Jury Convicts Armed Career Criminal for Possessing a .22 Caliber Revolver

December 3, 2010

Yesterday in St. Paul a federal jury convicted a 43-year-old armed career criminal for possessing a .22 caliber Rohm revolver. Following a three-day trial, Michael James Constantine, of St. Paul, was found guilty on one count of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm. Constantine was indicted on June 8, 2010. More »

California Man Indicted on Drug and Firearm

November 30, 2010

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing marijuana while intending to distribute it and for possessing firearms illegally.More »

Minneapolis felon indicted as an armed career criminal for possessing a .357 caliber revolver

November 18, 2010

A 31-year-old felon from Minneapolis was indicted today in federal court in Minneapolis as an armed career criminal for allegedly possessing a .357 caliber revolver on October 13, 2010. The indictment specifically charges Kendrick Lee Robbins with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Another career criminal indicted as part of Project Exile Minneapolis

November 18, 2010

A 30-year-old felon from Minneapolis was indicted today in federal court in Minneapolis for allegedly possessing a 12-gauge shotgun, a .44 caliber handgun, and ammunition on several occasions earlier this year. The indictment charges Adonis Adolph Dorman with three counts of being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm and four counts of being an armed career criminal in possession of ammunition More »

Wisconsin Felon Indicted for Dealing Illegal Firearms, Distributing Methamphetamine

November 8, 2010

A federal indictment unsealed last week alleges that a 31-year-old felon from Amery, Wisconsin, has been conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and dealing in firearms without being a licensed firearms dealer. The indictment, filed on November 1, 2010, charges John Philip Schanon with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of unlicensed dealing in firearms. More »

Mission Man Sentenced for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

October 26, 2010

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm was sentenced on October 25, 2010, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Henry Peter Shields Him, Jr., a/k/a Hank Shields Him, age 59, was sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment, two years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and ordered to forfeit the firearm. More »

Arizona Woman Sentenced 51 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

October 25, 2010

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a woman charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on October 25, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Charlee Angelene Bad Wound, age 21, of Arizona, was sentenced to 51 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund. More »

Another “Project Exile Minneapolis” Indictment Is Unsealed in Federal Court

October 20, 2010

Another federal indictment credited to Project Exile Minneapolis has been unsealed. It charges Kevin Devon Wallace, age 29, of Minneapolis, with being a career criminal in possession of a firearm as well as possession of a stolen firearm. The indictment, filed on October 13, 2010, was unsealed following Wallace’s arrest and initial appearance in federal court. More »

Man Indicted in Federal Court Under “Project Exile Minneapolis”

October 19, 2010

A man has been federally indicted under the Project Exile Minneapolis initiative. It charges Samnane Phabsomphou, age 32, unknown address, with being a career criminal in possession of a firearm as well as possession of ammunition. The indictment was filed earlier today in Minneapolis. More »

Minneapolis Man Indicted in Federal Court as a Result of “Project Exile Minneapolis”

October 19, 2010

Another individual has been federally indicted as a result of the Project Exile Minneapolis initiative. The indictment, which was filed earlier today in Minneapolis, charges Jeff Parker, age 38, of Minneapolis, with being a career criminal in possession of a firearm. More »

Bismarck Man Pleads Guilty to White Shield Apartment Burglary

October 18, 2010

United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on October 18, 2010, Robert J. Painte, 21, of Bismarck, North Dakota, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to a charge of burglary. More »

Four Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine, Oxycodone

October 15, 2010

A federal indictment unsealed earlier today in the District of Minnesota alleges that four men have been conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone in Minnesota for the past two years. Noel Gutierrez Manzanares, age 37, no known address; Randy Lee Motzko, age 42, of Hilltop, Minnesota; and Robert Garcia, age 41, and Karl James Pentz, age 48, both of Aitkin, Minnesota, were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, namely methamphetamine and oxycodone. More »

Guilty Pleas in Grampa’s Gunshop Burglary

October 7, 2010

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Darren Richardson, 20, Chicago, pleaded guilty yesterday, and Daniel Barlow, 23, Madison, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to stealing 20 firearms from Grampa’s Gun Shop, 1374 Williamson Street, Madison, on March 13, 2010. More »

Eau Claire Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Firearms From Durand Business

October 5, 2010

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Alan Xiong, 24, of Eau Claire, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 84 months in prison without parole for stealing firearms from Ryan’s Gun Shop in Durand, Wis. This term or imprisonment will be followed by three years of supervised release. Xiong pleaded guilty to this charge on July 20, 2010. More »

Roseglen Man Pleads Guilty to Apartment Burglaries

September 28, 2010

United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on September 27, 2010, Derrick LaCroix, 20, of Roseglen, North Dakota, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland to two counts of burglary. More »

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward for Gun Theft

September 28, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the firearms theft that occurred at Al’s Gun Shop located at 1597 East County Road E, White Bear Lake, Minn. More »

Rosebud Man Sentenced for Arson

September 27, 2010

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man charged with Arson was sentenced on September 27, 2010, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. More »

Another “Project Exile Minneapolis” Indictment Is Unsealed in Federal Court

September 15, 2010

Another federal indictment credited to Project Exile Minneapolis has been unsealed. It charges Earl Louis Ollie, age 38, of Minneapolis, with being a career criminal in possession of a firearm. The indictment, filed last week, was unsealed following Harris’s arrest and initial appearance in federal court late yesterday. More »

Gang Member Sentenced to 110 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

September 14, 2010

A 30-year-old member of the Rolling 60s Crips was sentenced earlier today in federal court in Minneapolis for being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Anton Lamont Burnes to 110 months in prison on one count of felon in possession. Burnes was indicted on August 12, 2008, and pleaded guilty on November 2, 2009. More »

First Federal Indictment Unsealed in “Project Exile Minneapolis”

September 13, 2010

The first federal indictment arising out of Project Exile Minneapolis has been unsealed. It charges Calvin Lorenzo Harris, age 24, of Richfield, Minnesota, with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing an unregistered gun. The indictment, filed earlier this month, was unsealed following Harris’s initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. More »

St. Paul Police Dept. Officer Recipient of ATF National Award

August 24, 2010

A St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) officer was presented today with the ATF Jake Kuredjian Memorial Award by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson at ATF’s 14th Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. More »

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward in Gun Theft

August 23, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms that occurred at Gene’s Sports Shop in Perham, Minn. More »

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward in Gun Theft

August 5, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms from Bluewater Bait and Sports in Bemidji, MN. More »

3 Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

July 8, 2010

A St. Paul man and two California men were sentenced earlier today in federal court in Minneapolis for distributing approximately 223 grams of methamphetamine in January of 2009. United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced two of the three men on one count of distribution of 50 or more grams of methamphetamine. More »

ATF Announces $5,000 Reward in Gun Theft

June 28, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms that occurred at Gun and Reel Sports in Jamestown, N.D. More »

ATF Agent is Honored by U.S. Attorney for Dismantling Drug Trafficking Operations in Duluth

May 25, 2010

Since 2002, federal prosecutors in Minnesota have dismantled many Duluth-based drug and gun trafficking organizations by prosecuting more than 200 of their leaders and members. One reason for the success of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in these cases has been the extraordinary investigations conducted by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) in partnership with the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Gang Task Force. More »

Porcupine Man Sentenced for Shooting Tribal Officer’s Home

April 26, 2010

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man charged with Assault Upon a Federal Officer was sentenced on April 23, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. Jesse Miller, age 22, of Porcupine, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Victim Assistance Fund. More »

Purported Gang Leader Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

April 5, 2010

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, announced that a 32-year-old purported leader of the Native Gangster Disciples street gang was sentenced earlier today in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In St. Paul, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Schiltz declared it to be one of the worst gun cases he has seen on the bench and sentenced Douglas David Peake to 115 months in prison on one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Peake was indicted on August 20, 2009, and pled guilty on November 23, 2009. More »

8 More Defendants Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine in Duluth

February 18, 2010

This week eight people in a 28-defendant methamphetamine distribution case were sentenced in federal court. Collectively, the defendants in this case were responsible for distributing between 30 and 50 pounds of methamphetamine in the Duluth area from 2005 to 2008. More »

ATF Offers Up to $5,000 Reward in Rapid City Casino Robberies

February 4, 2010

Bernard J. Zapor, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Dec. 29 armed robbery at the Royal Casino and the Feb. 1 armed robbery at the King of Hearts Casino, both located in Rapid City, S.D. More »

ATF Announces Up to $10,000 Reward for Information on the Pizza Man Arson

January 29, 2010

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced today that ATF is posting a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the Jan 19 arson fire that destroyed several North Avenue businesses including Pizza Man, Cush Lounge, Grecian Delight, Black and White Café and several upstairs apartments. More »

8 Sentenced For Operating Crack Cocaine Ring in Duluth

January 8, 2010

Earlier today three defendants appeared in federal court in Duluth to be sentenced for their roles in a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated in the Duluth area between January of 2008 and February of 2009. United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Earl David Bowser, age 30, of Chicago, Illinois, to 120 months in prison; Alten Eugene Hall, age 22, of Harvey, Illinois, to 60 months in prison; and Raymond Vick Bowser, age 25, of Duluth, Minnesota, to 46 months in prison. More »

Charges in Cold Case Kidnapping from West St. Paul

January 7, 2010

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Che Lamar Romero, age 40, currently residing in federal prison in California, has been charged with four counts of Kidnapping in connection with two separate incidents in West St. Paul in 2002… More »