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Man Receives 12-Year Sentence for Possession of Guns, Pipe Bomb Components, Making a False Passport Application and Aggravated Identity Theft

December 22, 2010

COLUMBUS — Abdullah M. Muslim, aka Johnnie P. Clagg, 38, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court here to a total of 144 months incarceration for illegally possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of three violent felonies, for possessing unregistered component parts to make pipe bombs, for making a false passport application, and aggravated identity theft.More »

Arrests Made on Federal Gun and Drug Charges in Round-Up by Violent Crime Impact Team

December 14, 2010

COLUMBUS — Teams of federal, state and local law enforcement officers today began arresting people charged in multiple separate federal indictments alleging that they committeed violent crimes while trafficking marijuana, cocaine and heroin, and illegally possessed or used fireamrs. The charges are the result of an ongoing joint investigation conducted by Columbus Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo, Firearms and Explosvies (ATF). The investigation is known as Operation MTV Network because it centers around the Mount Vernon Avenue area.More »

Last Defendant Sentenced in Evansville/Chicago Drug and Firearms Trafficking Indictment

December 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced the sentencing today of the last defendant in a federal crack cocaine and firearms trafficking conspiracy in United States District Court in Evansville. Charles Avery, the last of 20 persons charged in several related indictments to be sentenced, received a sentence of 21 years and 8 months in prison yesterday from Chief Judge Richard Young. This brings to a close the investigation and prosecution of group responsible for the trafficking of cocaine base and firearms between Chicago and Evansville. In addition to drug and gun trafficking, the activities of the conspiracy included various incidents of armed violence in Evansville in furtherance of the conspiracy’s objectives. Several of the defendants, including co nspiracy leader Jesse Young, were members of the Black P Stones Chicago based criminal street gang.More »

Morrow County Couple Charged with Growing More than 1,000 Marijuana Plants, Discharging Firearm

December 3, 2010

COLUMBUS — A federal grand jury today charged Shane Roush, 38, and his wife Corrina Roush, 39, with growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants at their rural Fredericktown home. Shane Roush was also charged with discharging a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime.More »

Fugitive Sentenced for Possession of Methamphetamine and for Failure to Appear for Trial

November 10, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - James Richard Lake, 61, of Houston, Tex., was sentenced to 135 months in prison late yesterday by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young, following his guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and failure to appear for trial, announced Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. The case was the result of a investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Indiana State Police.(a)(1)(A). More »

Greenwood Business Man Charged with Solicitation to Commit Arson

November 19, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that on November 18, 2010, Daniel Annee, 46, of Greenwood, Ind., was charged in U.S. District Court with solicitation to commit arson. The charge follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the joint Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department / Indianapolis Fire Department, Fire Investigations Section. More »

Downtown Mount Vernon Fire

October 29, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), ATF Columbus Field Division, Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, and Mount Vernon Fire and Police Department investigators have completed the on-scene investigation into the cause of the Oct. 25th fire at 201 S. Main Street, Mt. Vernon. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Mount Vernon Fire

October 26, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with agents from the ATF Columbus Field Division have been activated at the request of the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal to investigate the Oct. 25 fire at 201 S. Main Street, Mt. Vernon. The NRT will arrive Wednesday to conduct an assessment of the fire scene and formulate an investigative plan with state and local investigators. More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward in Arson Attack on Policeman’s Residence

October 8, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (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 Sept. 20th arson fire of an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer’s home located on Chateaugay Drive. More »

Firearms Industry Matches ATF Reward in Bedford Heights Firearms Theft

October 7, 2010

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced a $2,500 reward to match the ATF $2,500 reward offering for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Atlantic Gun and Tackle, Bedford Heights, Ohio. More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

October 5, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Atlantic Gun and Tackle, 5425 Northfield Road, Bedford Heights, Ohio. More »

V.G.R.I.P. Indictments

September 29, 2010

In separate cases, Jamal Wingo, 29, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bearnest R. Bogany, 30, of Warren, Ohio, were indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and ammunition, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today. More »

Three Charged With Crimes Stemming From Theft of 58 Guns From Great Lakes Outdoor Supply

September 21, 2010

A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Dwayne Freeman, Edward E. Brown and Isabel Abdur-Razzaque with conspiracy, theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possession of stolen firearms, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Chris Sadowski, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, announced today. More »

Official Cause of Downtown Delaware Fire Announced

September 20, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), ATF Columbus Field Division, Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, and Delaware Fire and Police Department investigators have completed the on-scene investigation into the cause of the Sept. 11 blaze on N. Sandusky Street. More »

ATF and Indianapolis Police, Fire Departments Team Up

September 15, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Department of Public Safety’s divisions Indianapolis Fire Investigations Section (IFIS) and Indianapolis Police (IMPD) have formed a task force focused on investigating fire and explosive incidents. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Downtown Delaware Fire

September 14, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with agents from the ATF Columbus Field Division have been activated by request from the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal to investigate a fire involving multiple structures in downtown Delaware on N. Sandusky St. More »

Evansville Man Sentenced for Arson and Conspiracy to Commit Arson

August 19, 2010

Travis C. Adams, 28, of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 18 months in a community corrections work release facility and 3 years of supervised release late yesterday by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young following his guilty plea to arson fraud and conspiracy to commit arson. More »

Ravenna Man Arrested by ATF Task Force

August 17, 2010

Frank Mosier (age 24) was arrested Monday and charged with violating federal firearms laws. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agents and Ravenna Police Detectives assigned to the ATF Task Force arrested Mosier without incident in Ravenna. The criminal complaint filed in United States District Court charges Mosier as a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm in violation of federal law. More »

Greenwood Businessman Charged in Arson-for-Hire Scheme

August 16, 2010

Daniel Annee, 46, Greenwood, Ind., was arrested and charged last Friday in a federal criminal complaint with solicitation to commit arson. Annee’s arrest follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Indianapolis Fire Investigations Section, which is comprised of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detectives and Indianapolis Fire Department Investigators. More »

Activity in Federal Court - Fort Wayne

August 5, 2010

Fort Wayne, IN — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court… More »

Chandler Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Arson

July 29, 2010

Christopher D. Kimbrough, 37, of Chandler, Ind., was sentenced to 18 months in a community corrections work release facility yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, following his guilty plea to mail fraud and conspiracy to commit arson. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Evansville Fire Department. More »

Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 18 Years as Armed Career Criminal for Possession of Firearm

July 1, 2010

Steven L. Hunter, 53, Indianapolis, was sentenced to 18 years (216 months) in prison late yesterday by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence. Hunter was convicted at trial March 24, 2010, of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, as a result of an investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (“IMPD”) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. More »

Six Members of the Latin Kings Street Gang Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy

June 29, 2010

The United States Attorney’s Office, and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice today announced the indictment of six individuals, alleged members of the Latin Kings, in a racketeering conspiracy. More »

Three Indictments Announced Charging 14 With Conspiracy, Gun Crimes and Drug Trafficking Near the “Tot Lot” Playground in Cincinnati’s West End

June 22, 2010

Teams of federal, state and local law enforcement agents today began arresting 14 people accused in three federal indictments charging them with conspiracy, trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a child’s playground, and illegal firearms sales. More »

Joint Investigation Yields Federal and State Indictments on Weapons and Drug Charges Against Tot Lot Posse Gang Members

June 22, 2010

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials today announced the results of an 18-month joint investigation of criminal activity involving a gang known as the Tot Lot Posse in Cincinnati’s West End community. Over twenty individuals have been named in federal and state indictments and arrest warrants for drug and weapons offenses, and teams of law enforcement authorities have spent the day taking these individuals into custody. More »

Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Local Business Robberies

April 14, 2010

Brandon Banks, 25, Indianapolis, was sentenced to 32 years in prison today by U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney following his guilty plea to two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. This case was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). More »

Three Arrested on Federal Explosives Charges

April 13, 2010

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cincinnati Office Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Keith Bennett; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division SAC Christopher Sadowski; FBI Louisville Office SAC Elizabeth Fries and ATF Louisville SAC Paul Vido announce that on April 13, 2010 FBI and ATF agents arrested three individuals on federal charges that they illegally possessed and delivered explosives. More »

Zanesville Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Firearms

April 5, 2010

Terry Thompson, 61, of Zanesville, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to possessing eight illegal firearms, including five fully automatic firearms and three short-barreled firearms without serial numbers. More »

Last Member of Darke County Trio Sentenced in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

March 25, 2010

Patrick Antwan Matthews, 25, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 60 months in federal prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, to be served consecutive to a sentence of one-year and one day on a single count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, after pleading guilty on November 10, 2009 to the charges. More »

State Fire Marshal and ATF Seeks Assistance in Stark County Church Arson Investigation

March 18, 2010

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Division of State Fire Marshal today issued a request for the public’s assistance in an ongoing arson investigation in Stark County. The Division of State Fire Marshal, through the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for last Saturday’s church fire in Alliance. More »

Indianapolis Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery

March 12, 2010

Jaitee Jackson, 28, Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to 154 months in prison yesterday by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence following his guilty plea to a Hobbs Act robbery, using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. More »

ATF, Berea Police Offer $5,000 Reward

January 8, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a $2,500 reward and Berea Police have issued an additional $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting at moving vehicles in and around the Prospect Road area. More »

Life Sentence For Leader of Heroin Trafficking Organization

January 6, 2010

Ronald Kelsor, 55, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court jury here today to life in prison for leading a heroin trafficking organization that operated throughout central and southern Ohio from 2004 until his arrest in April, 2008. More »