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Indianapolis Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years As Part of U.S. Attorney‘s Violent Crime Initiative

December 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Roy K. Herrell, age 45, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 180 months (15 years) in prison by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker. Herrell was convicted of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and was charged as part of the U.S. Attorney's Violent Crime Initiative. More »

Indianapolis Illegally-Armed-Felon Receives Ten year Sentence As Part of Violent Crime Initiative

December 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Raymond Smalls, age 40, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. Smalls was convicted of having illegally possessed a firearm in a prosecution arising out of the U.S. Attorney's Violent Crime Initiative. More »

Indiana Man Pleads Guilty to Religiously Motivated Attack on Toledo-Area Mosque

December 19, 2012

An Indiana man faces a likely sentence of 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to hate crimes stemming from the arson of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, law enforcement officials announced today. More »

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Indianapolis Defendants in Terre Haute–Area Meth Ring

December 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Nicholas Ceja, age 40, and Constantino Cejas, age 47, both of Indianapolis, have been sentenced for their roles in a drug trafficking operation that was responsible for distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the Terre Haute area. Before U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus–Stinson, Constantino Cejas, a/k/a The Don, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, and Nicholas Ceja was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. More »

Seven Members of the Cash Out Boyz Street Gang Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy

December 14, 2012

South Bend, Indiana – United States Attorney David Capp announced that seven individuals alleged to be members of the Cash Out Boyz street gang were charged in an Indictment with RICO violations. The Indictment alleges that from 2010 through 2012 these individuals conducted the affairs of the Cash Out Boyz, an ongoing criminal enterprise, by engaging in the distribution of controlled substances and in acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assaults with deadly weapons, robbery, and home invasions. This pattern of illegal activity occurred primarily in South Bend, Indiana. More »

Local Man Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment

December 7, 2012

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

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Bloomington–Area Resident as Part of Gun, Drug Prosecution

November 28, 2012

BLOOMINGTON — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Thomas Owings, age 30, of Bloomington, has been sentenced to twenty years in federal prison after his conviction on a variety of federal gun and drug charges. This prosecution, which also involves four other individuals who were charged in January of this year, was the result of a collaborative investigation by the Bloomington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). More »

Member of Latin Kings Street Gang and Two Associates Sentenced in Indiana for Racketeering Conspiracy and Related Crimes

November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — A member of the Latin Kings street gang and two associates were sentenced to prison this week in Hammond, Ind., federal court for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes in support of the gang, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana. More »

Fourteen Year Drug Trafficking Sentence Announced

November 21, 2012

South Bend, Indiana — United States Attorney David Capp announced that: More »

Eight Additional Defendants Charged in Major Street Gang RICO Conspiracy

November 9, 2012

Hammond, Indiana – United States Attorney David Capp announced a Third Superseding Indictment charging eight additional individuals alleged to be members of the Imperial Gangsters street gang in a forty-one count indictment unsealed today.More »

Hogsett Announces More Federal Charges in Fight Against Public Corruption

November 2, 2012

TERRE HAUTE — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced this afternoon that more charges have been brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of a focus on combating public corruption in Indiana. According to court documents made available today, former West Terre Haute Police Chief Mark J. Arnold, age 38, has been charged by Information with making a false statement in connection with the acquisition more than two–dozen firearms.More »

Four Members of LSP Street Gang Sentenced For Roles In Racketteering Conspiracy

October 17, 2012

WASHINGTON – Four LSP street gang member were sentenced today for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy (RICO) that used violence, including attempted murder, to control territory and sell heroin, cocaine and other drugs, announced Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer; Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and Stephanie R. Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division.More »

Fourth Defendant Pleads Guilty to Role in Multi-Million Dollar "Food Stamp" Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy Involving Inner-City Grocery Store

October 11, 2012

DAYTON – The last of four Dayton men charged with using an inner-city retail grocery store to launder money and defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to one count of conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to launder money.More »

Hate Crimes Charges Filed Against Indiana Man for Religiously Motivated Attack on the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo

October 4, 2012

Criminal hate-crimes charges were filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo against an Indiana man stemming from the arson this week of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, law enforcement officials announced today.More »

Jury Convicts Dayton Man of Illegal Possession of Firearm, Ammunition

October 1, 2012

DAYTON – A U.S. District Court jury here has convicted Edward Robinson, 35, of Dayton of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

September 26, 2012

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The ATF and the Youngstown Police Department, announced 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 High Powered Armory, 2500 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio, on Sunday.More »

Hogsett Announces Sentence of Man Who "Straw Purchased" Gun Used to Shoot IMPD Officer

September 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced that Tarus E. Blackburn, Jr., age 23, of Indianapolis, was sentenced this afternoon to 12 months in federal prison by District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

September 11, 2012

HUDSON, Ind. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Steuben County Sheriff's Department, announced 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 The Angler Bait and Tackle, 7430 South State Road 327, Hudson, Ind., yesterday.More »

Hogsett Announces 262 Month Sentence for Local Man as Part of Violent Crime Initiative

September 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Aaron Robbins, age 31, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 262 months (21 years, 10 months) in federal prison after being found guilty of federal drug and gun charges that include the illegal possession of a firearm and the use of a firearm in drug trafficking.More »

Evansville-Area Man Charged with Illegally Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

August 31, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Anthony R. Elliott, 43, of Evansville, has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm as part of the U.S. Attorney's Violent Crime Initiative.More »

Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Gun Theft Crimes

August 30, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that William "Ricky" Harris, age 34, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 72 months (6 years) in prison by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker.More »

ATF Fugitive Being Sought

August 20, 2012

Akron, Ohio – Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Akron Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in locating a violent fugitive who is wanted for various federal gun and drug violations.More »

Arrest in Valley Sterling Trucks Fire

August 15, 2012

Brook Park, Ohio – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with the Brook Park Police Department, the Brook Park Fire Department, and the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office today announced the arrest of the individual responsible for the Aug. 6, arson fire which destroyed Valley Sterling Trucks located at 4985 West 150th St., Brook Park, Ohio.More »

Chicago Police Officer and Three Members of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation Plead Guilty to a Racketeering Comspiracy and Other Related Charges

August 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – A Chicago police officer and three members of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy and other related charges in a superseding indictment involving alleged members or associates of the Latin Kings, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana.More »

Hammond Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years Imprisonment

July 27, 2012

Hammond, Indiana – The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:More »

Elkhart Man Sentenced in Firerams Case

July 27, 2012

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

South Bend Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Firearm and drug Trafficking Offenses

July 20, 2012

Thurston LQ Jackson, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 124 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, sale of a firearm to a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.More »

Hogsett Announces 20 year Sentence for Washington-Area Methamphetamine Dealer

July 18, 2012

IINDIANAPOLIS– Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Mario Rodas, a/k/a Ruben Echavarria, age 31, of Washington, has been sentenced to 240 months (20 years) in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson.More »

U.S. Attorney's Violent Crime Initiative Produces More Marion County Results

July 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS– Announced by United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett in March of 2011, the VCI represents a district-wide strategy to work with local law enforcement and county prosecutors to combat drug traffickers and criminals that use and carry firearms in their illegal activities.More »

Elkhart Man Sentenced in Drug Trafficking Crime

June 29, 2012

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

Drug Trafficking Crime Nets 15 Years Imprisonment

June 29, 2012

Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney's Office announced the following:More »

Four Youngstown Men Convicted of Racketeering for their Roles in LSP Street Gang, Which Used Violence to Control Drug Turf

June 28, 2012

Four Youngstown men were convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering (RICO) for their roles as members or affiliates of the street gang LSP, which used violence, including attempted murder, to control territory and sell heroin, cocaine and other drugs, said 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.More »

Hamilton Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms

June 28, 2012

CINCINNATI — A federal grand jury here has indicted Fabinn Woodson, 34, of Hamilton of illegally possessing a firearm because he has multiple prior felony convictions. If convicted, he faces at least 15 years and up to life in prison.More »

U.S. Attorney Announces Federal Charges Tied To Shooting OF IMPD Officer David Moore

June 21, 2012

Indianapolis, Indiana – Today, Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announces that Eric “Boo” Jenkins, age 53, of Indianapolis, has been charged by federal indictment with three counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and with one count of having conspired to provide firearms to a convicted felon. More »

Hammond Man Sentenced to 12 Years in ATF Case

June 15, 2012

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

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

June 8, 2012

VANDALIA, Ohio – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Vandalia Police Department, today announced 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 Vandalia Range and Armory, 100 Corporate Center Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, on May 4. More »

Hammond Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

June 1, 2012

Dwayne Swims, 49, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced on 5/21/12 by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 180 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and distribution of crack cocaine. More »

West Carrollton Drug Dealer Receives Ten–Year Sentence

May 29, 2012

DAYTON — Charles Moore, 41, West Carrollton was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to ten years in federal prison, and was ordered to be under court supervision for the rest of his life, for buying bulk quantities of crack cocaine and heroin and selling it to drug addicts in Montgomery County and the surrounding area.More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward

May 22, 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with the Evansville Police Department, today announced the reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the armed robberies of the Subway sandwich shop on Lincoln Avenue near the University of Evansville campus April 20 and May 11, and the Subway sandwich shop at 1400 Covert Avenue on April 25.More »

Hogsett Announces Conviction of Evansville Armed Career Criminal

May 17, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced that Ricky Dillard (a.k.a. Ricky Rolack), age 45, of Evansville, was found guilty late yesterday following a three–day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Young. Dillard was convicted of four gunrelated crimes stemming from a May 2011 burglary of the Fares Loan and Pawn in Evansville.More »

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Linton Man on Charges Relating to Goose Pond Shooting

May 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Brandon Criss, age 28, of Linton, was sentenced today to 70 months (5 years, 10 months) in prison by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence following his guilty plea to charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing an unregistered firearm.More »

Hogsett Announces Federal Firearm, Counterfeit Charges Against Indianapolis Man

May 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that William Ricky Harris, age 34, of Indianapolis, has been charged with illegally possessing a dozen firearms as a convicted felon, as well as with illegally possessing counterfeit materials.More »

Three Toledo Men Charged With Violating Federal Firearms and Drug Statutes

May 3, 2012

Three Toledo men are accused of violating federal firearms and drug statutes after charges were filed this week, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Columbus Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

South Bend Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Drug Trafficking

April 27, 2012

South Bend, Indiana — United States Attorney David Capp announced that:More »

Hogsett Announces Sentence of 4 Years for Parker City Man on Federal Gun Charges

April 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Charles F. Ludington, age 62, of Parker City, has been sentenced to 48 months (4 years) in federal prison by District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. This follows Ludington’s plea of guilty to numerous federal firearms charges relating to his ownership and management of a Parker City firearms store.More »

Middletown Man Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Illegal Gun Sales

April 17, 2012

CINCINNATI — Joshua A. Huiet, 27, of Middletown was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 24 months imprisonment, followed by three years of court–supervised release for illegally selling six firearms in Cincinnati on three separate occasions to individuals he knew were not allowed to possess firearms because of their criminal history.More »

Week In Reviwe – Hammond

April 13, 2012

Ralph Oliver, 24, of Chicago, Illinois, a defendant in the case US v Ross et al., was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 190 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to Counts 3s and 5s of a superseding Indictment charging him with the felony offenses of use of a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence and conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence. Oliver was ordered to pay $16,259.32 in restitution. More »

Gun Violence Task Force Investigation Results in Charges Against Four People Accused of Illegally Selling Firearms and Ammunition

April 12, 2012

CINCINNATI – An investigation by a multi-agency task force has resulted in three indictments charging four people with illegally selling almost 50 firearms, including a machine gun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.More »

Week in Review – Hammond

March 30, 2012

Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following:More »

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward

March 9, 2012

Merrillville, Ind. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with the Merrillville Police Department, announce today the reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of additional person(s) responsible for the armed robbery and murder at Lucky Mart Foods, 5695 Cleveland St. in Merrillville. Jeremy Blue, 20, of Merrillville was arrested on Wednesday for this crime but his accomplices remain at large.More »

Montgomery County Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charges, Faces Up to Ten Years in Prison

March 8, 2012

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Josh Minkler, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, announced today the federal indictment of Darlington resident Raymond Troy Barnes, age 48, on charges that he illegally possessed a firearm as a convicted felon.More »

ATF Revokes Federal Firearms License

March 5, 2012

Columbus, Ohio. – Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Browning, Columbus Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today the final revocation of the Federal Firearms License (FFL) of Dianne E. Penley, Westfield, Ind. More »

ATF Announces Recovery of Stolen Firearms

February 24, 2012

Columbus, Ohio – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division Special Agent in Charge Robert Browning, Gary Vest, Chief, Powell Police Department, and Acting Chief Steven Gammil, Columbus Division of Police, today announce the recovery of more than 60 firearms stolen from Powder Room gun shop in Powell, OH, Feb. 8, 2012. Acting on a concerned citizen complaint, members of the Columbus Division of Police responded to the area of 299 Martha Avenue yesterday and discovered a large cache of weapons behind an abandoned apartment building. More »

Dayton Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting an Officer, Conspiracy, Drug and Tax Crimes

February 23, 2012

DAYTON – Charles D. Warren, 37, of Dayton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to running his car into a car driven by a federal task force officer trying to arrest him for gun charges after a traffic stop in west Dayton in July 2011. Warren pleaded guilty to all seven counts of an indictment against him charging illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to launder money, illegally structuring financial transactions, and interstate travel in furtherance of a drug conspiracy in addition to assaulting an officer.More »

Felon Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Prison for Firearm and Ammunition Possession

February 14, 2012

Akeem Stafford, age 25, of Elyria, Ohio, was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert Browning, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Columbus Field Division.More »

Illegal Gun Dealer Sentenced to 82 Months in Prison

February 9, 2012

CINCINNATI — Errick Roscoe, 22, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court to 82 months in federal prison for illegally selling firearms and possessing crack cocaine.More »

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Shop Burglary

February 9, 2012

Powell, 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 persons(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Powder Room Gun Shop, 2470 East Powell Road, Powell, Ohio. The burglary occurred Wednesday in the early morning hours.More »

Hogsett Announces Ten Year Prison Term for Bloomington Resident on Gun Charges

February 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Michael Miles, age 29, of Bloomington, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker to the statutory maximum of ten years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. This prosecution follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from Monroe County law enforcement.More »

ATF Offers $2,500 Reward

January 31, 2012

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Coventry Township, Ohio — 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 person(s) responsible for placing two illegal explosive devices near the roadway on Homewood Avenue in Coventry Township on Jan. 5, and Jan. 8.More »

Hogsett Announces Indictment of Indianapolis Man on Gun Charges as a Result of Ongoing Violent Crime Initiative

January 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Mark Luzar, age 31, of Indianapolis, has been federally charged with five counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. This prosecution follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Hogsett Announces Indictment of Five Bloomington–Area Residents on Drug and Gun Charges

January 12, 2012

BLOOMINGTON — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today the indictment of five Bloomington–area residents on federal drug and gun charges. The sixteencount indictment follows an investigation by the Bloomington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).More »