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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Illegal Alien Who Was Arrested in Dallas With Numerous AK-47-Type Rifles in His Vehicle‘s Trunk

November 29, 2012

DALLAS – A federal grand jury in Dallas returned an indictment this week that charges Jesus Gonzales, 24, with one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Gonzales has been in custody since late October on charges outlined in a related federal criminal complaint. More »

Elk City Felon Sentenced to Serve Over Nine and a Half Years in Prison for Stealing 25 Firearms from Gun Dealer

November 7, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Earlier this week, CLAYTON JOHN SHINN, 22, from Elk City, Oklahoma, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephen Friot to serve 115 months in federal prison for stealing 25 firearms from a licensed gun dealer, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.More »

Illegal Alien Arrested in Dallas With Numerous AK–47–Type Rifles in Vehicle’s Trunk

October 31, 2012

DALLAS — Jesus Gonzales, 24, has been charged in a federal felony complaint with being an illegal alien in possession of firearms. Gonzales made his initial appearance yesterday in federal court in Dallas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, who ordered him detained during the pendency of his case. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

Dallas Man Sentenced to Maximum Penalty of 10 Years in Federal Prison and Remanded into Custody for Illegally Possessing Firearm

October 18, 2012

DALLAS – Anwar Johnson, 31, of Dallas, was sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in May 2012 to an indictment charging possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

Law Enforcement Arrests Defendants Charged In Large Scale Drug Conspiracy

October 11, 2012

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Following a multi-agency law enforcement operation yesterday, 22 defendants charged in a federal superseding indictment with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine are in federal custody, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

Dallas Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Making a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm

September 21, 2012

DALLAS – Jose Villela, 25, of Dallas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor to the statutory maximum of 60 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in May 2012 to one count of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

Federal Jury Convicts Fort Worth Man on Federal Firearms Offenses

September 18, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following a one-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, Booker Bernard Preston, 38, of Fort Worth, Texas, was convicted on federal firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

ATF NRT Activated to Investigate Massive School Fire

September 6, 2012

TULSA, OKLA. — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the Dallas Field Division were requested by the Tulsa Fire Department to join in the investigation of a fire at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, 2324 East 17th St., Tulsa.More »

Ellis County Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison on Firearms and Drug Convictions

August 16, 2012

DALLAS – Shane Wilson, 32, of Midlothian, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to a total of 84 months (seven years) in federal prison, following his guilty plea in May 2012 to firearms and drug offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

10 Arrested in Henderson, Texas Drug Trafficking Enterprise

August 1, 2012

TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 10 individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Henderson, Texas area.More »

Elk City Felon Pleads Guilty to Stealing 25 Firearms from One Dealer

July 6, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this week, CLAYTON JOHN SHINN, 22, from Elk City, Oklahoma, pled guilty to stealing 25 firearms, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.More »

Texas Explosives Detection Canine Helps Chicago Prepare for NATO Summit

May 18, 2012

CHICAGO – Leaders from around the world gather in Chicago this weekend for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 2012 Summit. Law enforcement throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), are ramping up security in preparation for the historic event hosted by President Barack Obama, May 20-21.More »

Dallas Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Firearms Convictions

May 7, 2012

DALLAS – Otilio Osorio, 23, who pleaded guilty in November 2011 to various firearms offenses, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 84 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Osorio has been in custody since his arrest in February 2011 on related charges.More »

Western District of Texas Federal Grand Jury Indicts Sinaaloa Cartel Leaders El Chapo Guzman, Mayo Zambada and 22 Other hight Ranking Sinaloa Cartel Members

April 24, 2012

United States Attorney Robert Pitman, DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan and ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion today announced the indictment of Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, Ismael Zambada Garcia aka Mayo, and 22 other individuals responsible for the operations and management of the Sinaloa Cartel (Cartel) charging them with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.More »

ATF NRT Activated to Investigate Massive Business Fire

April 19, 2012

Amarillo, Texas – The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the Dallas Field Division were requested by the Amarillo Fire Department to investigate a fire located at the Best Signs Systems, 3007 Pierce St., Amarillo. The fire occurred Wednesday night, April 18, destroying the 28,000 square-foot building. The team of two dozen agents and specialists arrived today and will start the scene investigation Friday morning.More »

Border Patrol Agent and Girlfriend Arrested on Federal Firearms Trafficking Charges Filed in Texas

April 9, 2012

LAS CRUCES – U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales for the District of New Mexico announced that a federal grand jury sitting in the El Paso Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has indicted Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29, both residents of El Paso, Tex., on conspiracy, firearms and smuggling charges.More »

Leader of Group of Dallas Residents Convicted of Intentionally Setting Fires to Collect American Red Cross Assistance Funds Is Sentenced to 240 Months in Federal Prison

April 5, 2012

DALLAS — Following her guilty plea in May 2011 to one count of wire fraud and one count of arson, Marthella Broadus, 37, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 240 months in federal prison. In addition, Judge Boyle ordered Broadus to pay $1,729,115.95 in restitution. Marthella Broadus is the last of seven Dallas residents to be sentenced for her role in three arson fires committed in Dallas from December 2008 through May 2009. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.More »

ATF Declares 400 Coyle Middle School Students GREAT

March 7, 2012

ROWLETT, TX. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program or G.R.E.A.T. will hold a graduation for 400 students from Coyle Middle School Friday, March 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. G.R.E.A.T., the anti–gang program which teaches students to avoid gangs, violence and delinquency is taught by specially trained ATF agents and other law enforcement officers across the country.More »

Three Dallas Men Sentenced on Firearms Convictions

February 21, 2012

DALLAS — Three Dallas men, Ranferi Osorio, Kelvin Leon Morrison, and Luis Carbajal, who pleaded guilty in November 2011 to various firearms offenses, were sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Sentencing within the guideline range, Judge Lindsay sentenced Osorio to120 months in prison; Morrison to 30 months in prison; and Carbajal, whom the Court found to be the least culpable in this case, to a two–year term of probation. Osorio and Morrison have been in federal custody since their arrest in February 2011.More »