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Hogsett Announces Indictment of Knox County Man on Federal Gun Charges

December 20, 2011

VINCENNES — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced that Brent Brazier, 38, of Edwardsport, was charged with possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony. This prosecution follows an investigation by the Indiana State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and local law enforcement.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

December 15, 2011

Hammond, Ind. – 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 persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Deb’s Gun Range, 6819 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, Ind. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.More »

Indianapolis Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Firearms Charge

December 15, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced that Jerry Crawford, 51, Indianapolis, was sentenced to 180 months in prison yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker following his guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Achilles Task Force.More »

Week in Review – South Bend

November 23, 2011

South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that:More »

Fifteen Added in Superseding Indictment Charging Latin Kings Members and Associates in a RICO Conspiracy

November 18, 2011

Hammond, Indiana – Fifteen alleged members or associates of the Latin Kings have been indicted for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy in Hammond, Ind., and elsewhere, announced U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.More »

South Bend Man Sentenced to Over 13 Years Imprisonment

November 17, 2011

South Bend, Indiana – The United States Attorney’s Office announced:More »

Hogsett Announces Another Federal Indictment in Death of Terre Haute Officer Brent Long

November 2, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today the arrest and indictment of Brad Keller, a.k.a. Pappy, age 48, of Terre Haute, on gun charges that allegedly tie him to the firearm used in the killing of Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Long on July 11 of this year. The indictment stems from an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the Terre Haute Police Department.More »

Elkhart Man Sentenced to 14 Years Imprisonment

October 28, 2011

Erik Solano, 23, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 168 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy. Solano admitted in his plea agreement that he distributed powder cocaine in 2009 in Elkhart County on two occasions, and that he conspired with others to distribute marijuana and cocaine on numerous occasions in 2010. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.More »

Final Man in Cincinnati Trio Sentenced to 130 Months in Prison in Home Invasion Scheme

October 27, 2011

DAYTON — Edward Austin, 25, of Cincinnati, was sentenced here today to 130 months imprisonment in connection with an attempted home invasion of suspected drug dealers. His co–conspirators, Jerome Osborne, 25, and Rashad E. Runyon, 23, both of Cincinnati, were sentenced in September 2011 in the same scheme.More »

Hogsett Announces Latest Violent Crime Initiative Success in Delaware County

October 20, 2011

MUNCIE — As part of the ongoing U.S. Attorney Violent Crime Initiative, Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that convicted felon William Tyrone Davis, 33, of Muncie, has been charged with three gun–related crimes stemming from his alleged illegal possession and misuse of firearms. This indictment follows an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF).More »

Hogsett Announces Multiple Arrests, Dozens of Firearms Seized

October 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that four individuals from central Indiana are under arrest in connection with a year-long firearms trafficking investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Arrested were Victor Espinoza, of Danville, and Robert Goings, Carlos Saavedra-Gallegos ("Saavedra"), and Federico Garza, all of Indianapolis. Another alleged participant in the trafficking operation remains a fugitive at this time.More »

Hogsett Announces Filing of Gun Charges Against an Evansville Armed Career Criminal

September 30, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Ricky Dillard (a.k.a. Ricky Rolack), 45, of Evansville, has been charged with four gun-related crimes stemming from the May 2, 2011, burglary of the Fares Loan and Pawn in Evansville. The charges are the result of an joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Evansville Police Department.More »

Firearms Trafficking Alleged

September 26, 2011

Hammond, Indiana — United States Attorney David Capp announced today that a federal grand jury returned a nine count Indictment charging three Lafayette men with gun crimes. This indictment was the result of a cooperative law enforcement effort by the Lafayette Police Department, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department, the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement (ATF).More »

Former Lake County Sheriff’s Officers Indicted

September 22, 2011

Hammond, Indiana — A federal grand jury returned an Indictment against three Lake County Sheriff’s Officers alleging federal firearms and tax violations, announced David Capp, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. United States Attorney Capp also announced that all three defendants have agreed to plead guilty to the indictment.More »

Week In Review – Fort Wayne

September 16, 2011

Jermaine Cooper, 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Theresa Springmann to 265 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial on counts 1ss, 3ss, 4ss, 5ss, 7ss, and 8ss of an Indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and obstructing justice.More »

Twelve People Indicted in Federal Court on Illegal Firearms Charges

September 14, 2011

Twelve people were indicted today in federal court on illegal firearms charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.More »

Twelve People Indicted on Illegal Firearms Charges

September 14, 2011

Twelve people were indicted today in federal court on illegal firearms charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Five of the defendants are from Akron. Three are from Youngstown. Four are from the Greater Cleveland area.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglaries

September 12, 2011

Columbus, Ohio — 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(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Buy Here Sell Here, 1257 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio. The burglaries occurred at approximately 5 a.m., Sept. 4 and at approximately midnight, Sept. 5.More »

Hogsett Announces that Franklink Man Sentenced for Threatening a Witness

September 9, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Roger D. Hodson, 28, Franklin, Ind., was sentenced to 46 months (almost four years) in prison on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson following his guilty plea to threatening a witness in a federal investigation. This case was the result of an investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Hogsett Announces Another Indianapolis Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

August 26, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced that Shane L. Tadlock, 30, Indianapolis, was charged with possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony. This prosecution follows an investigation by the Avon Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.More »

Violent Felon Gang Leader Resentenced

August 19, 2011

South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced:More »

Week in Review – Fort Wayne

August 19, 2011

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following:More »

Hogsett Keeps Promise to Greene County

August 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced that a federal grand jury in Indianapolis today charged Brandon Criss, 28, Linton, Ind., with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

August 11, 2011

Eastlake, Ohio – The U.S. 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 person or persons responsible for the theft of firearms from Sherwin Shooting Sports, 33140 Vine St., Eastlake, Ohio. The burglary occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday.More »

Mansfield, Ohio Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Firebombing Mansfield City Hall and Courthouse, and Setting Fire to Local Bar

August 5, 2011

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that Kevin D. Dye, age 41, of Mansfield, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 60 years in federal prison for firebombing the Mansfield, Ohio City Hall and Courthouse and setting a local Mansfield bar on fire. In addition to the prison term, Dye was sentenced to serve five years on federal supervised release after his release from prison and to pay more than $860,000 in restitution. The sentence, which included an enhancement under the Sentencing Guidelines for committing an act of terrorism, was imposed by United States District Court Judge Sara Lioi after a hearing at the federal courthouse in Cleveland.More »

Three Sentenced on Burglary of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply

August 5, 2011

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, today announced that Dwayne Freeman, age 41; Edward E. Brown, age 41; and Isabel Abdur–Razzaque, age 51, all of Cleveland, Ohio, were sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possession of stolen firearms. All three defendants appeared before Judge Donald C. Nugent this afternoon and were sentenced as follows:More »

Week in Review — Hammond

July 29, 2011

James Elliott, 31, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 180 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.More »

Defendant Given 20 Years for Evansville Drug Conspiracy and Illegal Use of Gun

July 22, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that TERRELL WILLIAMS, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and use of a firearm in connection with his drug distribution activities.More »

Ellettsville Gun Store Raided, Weapons Seized, Owner Arrested

July 19, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett revealed today that, in June 2010, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department received preliminary information that an Ellettsville gun shop, and specifically, its owner, Donald Mullendore, 61, might be selling firearms in violation of federal law. An investigation was initiated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in January of 2011 and, subsequently, an arrest warrant was obtained for Mullendore and a federal search warrant was issued. More »

Hogsett Announces Indianapolis Man Convicted of Lawrenceburg Robbery, Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

July 6, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett today announced the recent sentencing of John Baxter, 33, Indianapolis, to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison following his pleas of guilty to robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.More »

Federal, State and Local Officials Confiscate More Than 5,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks

June 30, 2011

Acting on a tip, the Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM), the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Toledo Police Department, Toledo Fire Investigation Unit confiscated more than 5,000 pounds of homemade and consumer fireworks. The explosives were stored in violation of the Ohio Revised and Fire Codes on residential property at 1576 Claybourne Drive in Toledo.More »

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Individual to 15 Years in Prison for Role in Armed Robbery Crew

June 27, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence sentenced German Rivera–Ruiz, 34, to serve 15 years in federal prison following his plea of guilty to interfering with interstate commerce by robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.More »

ATF Offers $2,000 Reward

June 20, 2011

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an illegal explosive device found on a police officer’s personal vehicle in the parking lot of the Northfield Police Department, 10455 Northfield Road. The officer discovered the explosive device on his personal vehicle on May 20.More »

Federal, State and Local Officials Announce Kickoff of 2011 V-GRIP Effort

June 14, 2011

Seven people were arrested and an assault rifle was seized during the first weekend of this year’s V–GRIP program, federal, state and local law enforcement officials announced today. This program is the cornerstone of my office’s efforts to make the Mahoning Valley safer, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. V–GRIP is a prime example of what happens when agencies and departments combine their resources and work together. We will build off the success we had last summer and work to take illegal firearms off the streets.More »

Indianapolis Man Indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

May 19, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today even more results from the United States Attorney’s Office’s 2011 Violent Crime Initiative to target violent, repeat offenders. Specifically, Lovoyne Drain a/k/a Lavyne Lacy, 31, of Indianapolis, was charged today with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.More »

Hogsett’s Violent Crime Initiative Results in an Indictment on Serious Weapons and Drug Offenses Occurring in Anderson

May 12, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United State Attorney, announced today that Charles T. Black, Jr., 36, originally from Evansville, Indiana, was charged today with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana following a joint Federal–State investigation by the Anderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.More »

Indictment Returned in Hammond Federal Court

April 14, 2011

John Smith, 41, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Terry Carlyle, 54, of Mooresville, Indiana, were each charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, two counts of attempting to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime. In addition, Smith was charged by indictment with one count of transferring firearms knowing that they would be used in a drug trafficking crime, and a third count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime.More »

Gun Shop Owner Arrested, Thousands of Firearms Seized Following Federal Investigation

April 12, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Charles F. Ludington, 61, Parker City, Ind., was charged with violating numerous federal firearms laws following a thorough three month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).More »

U.S. Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative Posts More Results

March 30, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Michael A. Cook, 29, Indianapolis, was sentenced to 15 years (180 months) in federal prison late yesterday by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence following his guilty plea to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the ATF Achilles Task Force, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) into an incident on the east side of Indianapolis in February of 2010.More »

Two Evansville Area Men Face Firearms Charges

March 29, 2011

Evansville, Ind. – Nicholas G. Hermann, Prosecuting Attorney 1st Judicial District, Eric Williams, Sheriff Vanderburgh County and Robert J. Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) announced the Monday indictment of Farshad Ghiassi and Chad E. Gamblin for firearms violations and other criminal violations. The charges are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and ATF.More »

Hogsett Announces Joint Initiative to Combat Violent Crime

March 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — In an effort to keep Hoosier neighborhoods safer, United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced today a new initiative to attack violent crime, crack down on illegal guns and prosecute the most violent criminals in Marion County and throughout the southern district of Indiana. For too many young people in this city, it's easier to get a gun than it is an education. That is unacceptable, Hogsett said.More »

Racketeering Indictment Filed in Federal Court Against Members and Associates of Youngstown Street Gang LSP

March 18, 2011

A 42-count federal indictment was filed charging 23 people with conspiracy to commit racketeering (RICO) and other crimes for their roles as members or affiliates of the Youngstown street gang LSP, which used violence, including attempted murder, to control territory and sell heroin, cocaine and other drugs, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, announced today.More »

A New Team is Sniffing Out Clues

March 11, 2011

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal Office (SFM) has added a new investigator capable of sniffing out clues at fire scenes. India is an accelerant detection canine and recent graduate of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Accelerant Detection Canine Handler Course. India trained for six weeks, along with her handler State Fire Marshal investigator John Weber, at ATF’s canine training facility in Front Royal, Va. During their training, the handler and canine learned to work as a team to investigate fire scenes.More »

Logan County Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Machine Guns

March 1, 2011

COLUMBUS – A federal grand jury here has indicted Todd Allen Lamb, 37, of Bellefontaine, accusing him of illegally possessing five machine guns. He is also charged with making false statements on paperwork filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). More »

Hogsett Warns Criminals of Aggressive Federal Focus on Drug and Gun-Related Crime

February 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett today warned those who traffic in illegal narcotics and guns that he has instructed his staff to attain historic levels of aggressiveness in prosecuting violent crime. Violent crime is our priority. We will diminish its effects. We will pursue it wherever it raises its ugly head. We will do everything within our power to protect neighborhoods and Hoosier communities. More »

Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty of Setting Fire that Killed 9 People in Cleveland, Ohio

February 14, 2011

A federal jury found Antun Lewis guilty of setting the May 2005 fire that killed 9 people in Cleveland, Ohio, United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced today. Lewis, 37, of Cleveland, is scheduled to be sentenced May 10, 2011. He was convicted of one count of arson in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Indianapolis Handler-Canine Team Helps Arlington Prepare For Game day

January 31, 2011

DALLAS — Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Special Agent Dudley Salmon and K-9 Molly, one of 25 K9 teams, are here to provide security for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. More »

New Leader for the ATF Columbus Field Division

January 14, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Robert J. Browning has been named the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division. Browning is a veteran ATF agent with over 23 years of experience, most recently serving as Deputy Director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va. a multi-agency organization responsible for analyzing improvised explosive device (IED) evidence, primarily from Iraq and Afghanistan.More »

Mexican National Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation and Armed Robbery

January 6, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Hector Tadeo-Martinez of Mexico, was sentenced to 111 months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt following his guilty plea to one count of being an illegal re-entry into the United States after deportation and one count of brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. This case was the result of a six-month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations. More »

Man Receives 18-Year Sentence for Conspiring to Rob Drug Dealers

January 5, 2011

DAYTON — Elmo Bailey, 38, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here to 18 years in prison for conspiring to rob a Warren County drug dealer in 2009. Bailey is the third and final defendant sentenced in connection with the planned robbery. More »