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Dallas Field Division - 2010 Releases

North Texas Men Receive Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences for Role in Insurance Fraude Case Involving Arson

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Dallas Man on Firearm Charge

December 16, 2010

DALLAS — A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Moses Coppin, 29, of Dallas with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Coppin on November 17, 2010, on a related federal criminal complaint. He has been in federal custody since that time..More »

Dallas Man, Associated with Local Street Gang, Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison, Without Parole, For Shooting a Federal Agent

December 6, 2010

DALLAS —Gary Montgomery, a/k/a G-Bone, 39, pleaded guilty this morning, before Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, to assaulting a federal officer, distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Montgomery, and other members/associates of violent local street gangs who allegedly ran a drug distribution conspiracy in the Highland Hills and Pleasant Grove areas in Dallas, were arrested on September 2, 2010. Montgomery is associated with the Highland Hills Posse street gang.More »

Drug Trafficking and Criminal Street Gang Leader Sentenced to 30 Years, Without Parole

November 4, 2010

U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor departed upward from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines today and sentenced Patrick Weatherall, 33, to serve a total of 30 years in state and federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Weatherall, a leader of a drug trafficking and criminal street gang in Dallas called the West Side Gator Boys, pleaded guilty in June 2010 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine). More »

Two Men Charged With Conspiracy to Illegally Purchase and Smuggle Military Type Semi-Automatic Rifles to Mexico

September 22, 2010

Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Robert R. Champion, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announce today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging GREGORIO MORALES-MARTINEZ, 34, of Lewisville, Texas, and JORGE ALEXIS BLANCO, 25, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a conspiracy to illegally purchase 43 firearms, including military type semi-automatic rifles, in Oklahoma and transfer them to Texas where some were smuggled into Mexico. More »

Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in the Attempted Murder-for-Hire of Brown County, Texas, Judge

September 17, 2010

U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks, of the Northern District of Texas, announced that Jeffrey Dwayne Harrison, 49, was sentenced today to 240 months in federal prison for his role in the attempted murder-for-hire of Judge Stephen Ellis, 35th Judicial District Court Judge of Brown County, Texas. Harrison pleaded guilty in June 2010 to two counts of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. More »

Seven Street Gang Members Arrested on Federal Charges for Running a Drug Distribution Conspiracy in Dallas

September 2, 2010

Seven alleged members of violent local street gangs, who allegedly ran a drug distribution conspiracy in the Highland Hills and Pleasant Grove areas in Dallas, were arrested this morning on charges outlined in one of two federal indictments returned last month and unsealed late yesterday and today, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. More »

Former El Paso FBI Agent Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violations

August 24, 2010

United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in El Paso this morning, former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent John Shipley was sentenced to two years in federal prison for violating federal firearms laws. More »

Man Admits Role in Attempted Murder-for-Hire of Brown County, Texas, Judge

June 10, 2010

U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks, of the Northern District of Texas, announced that Jeffrey Dwayne Harrison, 49, pleaded guilty today to his role in the attempted murder-for-hire of Judge Stephen Ellis, 35th Judicial District Court Judge of Brown County, Texas. U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with sentencing to be scheduled after the completion of that report. More »

$25,000 Reward Offered for Information in Suspicious Device Incidents in East Texas

March 31, 2010

Robert R. Champion, Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Randall C. Till, Fort Worth Division Inspector in Charge for the United States Postal Inspection Service announced today a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for placing suspicious devices throughout the East Texas area. More »

ATF Enters Investigation Into Saw Mill Fire

March 3, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from Tyler have entered the investigation into a fire at the Anthony Forest Products, located at 515 South Louise in Atlanta, Texas. More »

East Texas Arson Task Force Arrests Two

February 21, 2010

Today, law enforcement members of the East Texas Church Arson Task Force arrested two men in connection with the 10 church arsons that began on January 1, 2010. These fires occurred in the Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt Counties. More »

East Texas Arson Task Force Releases Sketches

February 12, 2010

Robert Champion, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released three composite sketches of individuals that investigators would like to identify and interview in relation to the some of the church arsons that have occurred in the Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt Counties since January 1. More »

Arlington, Texas Explosives Detection Canine Helps Miami Prepare for Super Bowl XLIV

February 5, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country. The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Church Fire in Wills Point, Texas

February 4, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Tyler Field Office, Dallas Field Division, have been activated to investigate a fire at the Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 400 South 4th Street, Wills Point. More »

ATF Enters Investigation Into Church Fires in Tyler, Texas

January 19, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from Tyler have entered the investigation into two church fires in Tyler. There have been six church fires in the East Texas area since January 1st. More »