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Three Sentenced for Involvement in a 100+ Firearm Straw Purchase and Export Ring

December 20, 2011

MCALLEN, Texas – Three men involved in making false statements in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) and exporting those firearms to Mexico are now serving prison terms, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.More »

HPL Gang Member Gets 35 Years in Federal Prison

December 12, 2011

LAREDO, Texas — Four members of the Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos (HPL) street gang have been sentenced to federal prison for their part in preparing an armed robbery in which they planned to steal drugs, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with J. Dewey Webb, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).More »

Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdict Against Corpus Man in Firearms Case

December 8, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Elias Puebla, 21, has been found guilty of one count of illegally receiving a firearm, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The jury returned its verdict just a few minutes ago following a two-day trial and approximately one hour of deliberation. Puebla was acquitted on the second count in which he was charged.More »

Three Area Men Land in Federal Prison for Straw Purchasing Scheme

November 30, 2011

McALLEN, Texas – Three Rio Grande Valley men will be serving prison terms for falsifying information on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.More »

Tomball Man Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Murder

November 22, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 48-year-old Tomball, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2008 Liberty County homicide, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales of the Eastern District of Texas.More »

Two Sentenced to Federal Prison for Involvement in Straw Purchase of Firearms

November 21, 2011

MCALLEN, Texas – Randy Aguilar, of McAllen, Texas, and Miguel Mejia, of Penitas, Texas, have been sentenced to prison for making false statements in acquisition of firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), commonly referred to as straw purchasing, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Chief United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa sentenced Aguilar and Mejia to 46 and 30 months, respectively, at a hearing a short time ago in federal court in McAllen.More »

Laredo Man Convicted in Federal Court

November 16, 2011

LAREDO, Texas — Jesus Eloy Garcia, 37, of Laredo, Texas, has been convicted by a federal jury verdict after a two–day trial of being a prior convicted felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The verdict was announced just a couple hours ago in Senior U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen’s court after less than an hour of deliberation.More »

Federal Grand Jury Returns Superseding Indictment Against Naser Jason Abdo in Connection with Bomb Plot

November 8, 2011

United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson announced that 21–year–old Naser Jason Abdo faces new charges in connection with a July bomb plot in Killeen, Texas.More »

Smuggling Assault Rifles Lands Three in Federal Prison

November 8, 2011

LAREDO, Texas — Three men have been sentenced to federal prison following their convictions for conspiring to smuggle assault rifles into Mexico, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana handed down the sentences approximately an hour ago in Laredo federal court.More »

Orange County, Texas Woman Sentenced For Federal Gun Violations

November 2, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 38-year-old Orange, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.More »

ATF and Fire Marshals Conclude Investigation at Garden Ridge Fire

October 19, 2011

CONROE, TX – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb along with the City of Conroe Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Craig and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal James Williams are announcing that the conclusion of the scene investigation at the Garden Ridge Pottery fire that occurred on Oct. 12. All agencies are in agreement that the blaze was intentionally set. At this time they will not release additional details on the specific origin and cause of the fire as a criminal investigation is on-going.More »

ATF’S National Response Team Activated to Investigate Home Decor Store Fire

October 13, 2011

CONROE, TX – The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF Special Agents from the Houston Field Division have been activated by a request from the City of Conroe Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a fire at the Garden Ridge Pottery Home Décor Store located at 16788 I45, Conroe, Texas.More »

Chambers County Woman Charged with Conspiring and Aiding Her Deceased Husband to Make 122 Destructive Devices

October 6, 2011

HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has charged 32-year-old Pamela Leggett of aiding and abetting her deceased common law husband, Gilbert Ortez, in the making and possessing, along with conspiring to make and possess, destructive devices and firearms, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent-in-Charge J. Dewey Webb.More »

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison

October 3, 2011

HOUSTON — A federal judge has sentenced Houston drug dealer Fred Joseph Cooper, 41, to 481 months in prison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with J. Dewey Webb, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).More »

Last of Five Charged with Conspiring to Rob an Armored Truck Convicted

September 30, 2011

HOUSTON – A federal jury has found the last of five Houston area men charged with offenses arising from a conspiracy to rob an armored truck guilty of all counts alleged in a three-count indictment, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Port Arthur Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery Spree

September 29, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 38-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a crime spree targeting area businesses in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.More »

Jury Convicts McAllen Resident For Role in Straw Purchase of Firearms Scheme and Possession of an Unregistered Silencer

September 27, 2011

McALLEN, Texas — A federal jury has found Manuel Tijerina–Herrera, 48, a lawful permanent alien residing in McAllen, Texas, guilty of all counts alleged in a five–count indictment arising from a straw purchase of firearms scheme as well as for possessing a unregistered silencer, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Raza Unida Gang Leader Sentenced to 324 Months in Federal Prison for Racketeering

September 21, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Raza Unida gang leader Rudy Rodriguez will be serving 324 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Somerset Man Sentenced to Federal Prison in Connection with July and August 2010 Bomb Explosions

September 2, 2011

United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio this morning, 48–year–old Raymond Edward Mynes of Somerset, Texas, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for a series of incidents involving explosive devices which caused an approximate $23,000 in property damage.More »

Texas Syndicate Gang Members and Associates Sentenced to Prison

August 30, 2011

McALLEN, Texas – Six Texas Syndicate members and associates have been sentenced to prison for racketeering, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, kidnapping and possession with intent distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Jose Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Attempt to Export Firearms into Mexico Lands Laredo in Prison

August 30, 2011

LAREDO, Texas – Daniel Bustamante, 35, of Laredo, Texas, was sentenced to prison today for attempting to smuggle 16 firearms, including AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles, to the Republic of Mexico in violation of the Arms Export Control Act, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (">ATF) Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb.More »

Federal Prison Sentences Handed Down in Austin-Based Firearms Trafficking / Money Laundering Scheme

August 22, 2011

United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Houston Field Division announced that in Austin this afternoon, 55-year-old Aurelia Ochoa Hernandez and 38-year-old Pedro Daniel Tovar were sentenced to 360 months and 97 months in federal prison, respectively, in connection with an Austin-based firearms trafficking and money laundering scheme.More »

Alleged Convicted Felon and Recruited Straw Purchasers of Firearms Charged with Lying to Buy Firearms

August 19, 2011

HOUSTON – A seven-month investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has resulted in the return of a nine-count indictment charging the alleged ring leader and two of his recruits with conspiracy to lie to buy firearms and aiding and abetting the unlawful purchase of 15 firearms, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today along with ATF Special Agent in Charge J. Dewey Webb. The alleged leader of the group, William Simmons, an alleged convicted felon who is prohibited by law from purchasing firearms, is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Raza Unida Gang Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Racketeering

August 18, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Raza United gang leader Johnny Joe Guerra will be serving the rest of his life in federal prison for drug trafficking and two other members of the Raza Unida gang will be serving lengthy prison terms for committing Violent Crimes in aid of Racketeering (VICAR), United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Firearm Straw Purchaser Recruiters Plead Guilty

August 17, 2011

LAREDO, Texas — Jose Luis Castro, 39 of Austin, Texas, and Raul Martinez, 34 of Laredo, Texas, have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to recruit straw-purchasers to buy firearms, particularly Colt El Grito .38 caliber super pistols, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Four Sentenced For Making False Statements in Two Related Firearms Cases

August 16, 2011

McALLEN, Texas – Yesterday, a San Juan man, who was identified as a supervisor in aiding and abetting the straw purchase of approximately 23 firearms, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, the maximum sentence under the law, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Members of Ring Convicted of Lying to Buy Firearms Bound for Mexico Sentenced

July 27, 2011

McALLEN, Texas — Eight members of ring convicted of lying to buy firearms bound for Mexico have been sentenced to prison terms, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Veteran Police Officer Sentenced for Federal Firearms and Mail Fraud Violations

July 7, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 56-year-old veteran peace officer has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms and mail fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. More »

Jury Convicts Four Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos Gang Members of Drug and Firearms Charges

June 28, 2011

LAREDO, Texas – Late yesterday afternoon a federal jury convicted four members of the Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos (HPL) street gang of various charges arising from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives () sting operation, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Pasadena, Texas Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Murder Scheme

June 2, 2011

WASHINGTON – A Pasadena, Texas, man pleaded guilty today to charges related to a homicide that took place in Atascosa County, Texas, in May 2008, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy for the Western District of Texas.More »

Two Indicted on Federal Firearms and Smuggling Charges

May 11, 2011

United States Attorney John E. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge Dewey J. Webb, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Houston Division and Special Agent in Charge Jerry Robinette, U.S. ICE Homeland Security Investigations announced the return of a federal grand jury indictment in San Antonio this afternoon charging a San Antonio woman and a U.S. resident living in Piedras Negras, Mexico, in a conspiracy to purchase machine guns and attempt to smuggle them into Mexico. More »

Three Sentenced for Attempting to Smuggle Machine Guns and Grenades to Mexico

April 25, 2011

(LAREDO, Texas) – Guillermo Enriquez-Rodriguez, Hector Rolando Enriquez, and Rubisel Valdez-Mar have all now been sentenced for attempting to smuggle four machine guns and 30 grenades in violation of the National Firearms Act, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. All three men were sentenced over the course of the previous week by visiting U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves Enriquez-Rodriguez, a 19-year-old resident alien living in Laredo, Texas, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on April 18, 2011; while his brother, Rolando Enriquez, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen living in Laredo, received 55 months in prison on April 22, 2011. Valdez-Mar, an undocumented Mexican alien, received a 68-month prison term on April 20, 2011, which is to be served consecutively with an eight-month sentence for violation of supervised release for a prior conviction. More »

Alleged Aryan Brotherhood Members Charged for Roles in Jefferson County, Texas, Shooting

March 31, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas — Two alleged members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) were arraigned today on charges related to their alleged roles in the 2009 shooting of a man in Jefferson County, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales of the Eastern District of Texas and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division.More »

American Husband and Colombian Wife Charged with Unlawfully Exporting Firearms to Colombia

March 10, 2011

(HOUSTON) – An American husband and his Colombian wife have been arrested and charged with smuggling firearms to Colombia, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today, along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb and Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Special Agent in Charge Robert Rutt.More »

Somerset Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Connection with July and August 2010 Bomb Explosions

March 3, 2011

United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio, 47-year-old Raymond Edward Mynes of Somerset, Texas, faces up to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with a series of incidents involving explosive devices which caused an estimated $20,000 in property damage.More »

Federal Charges Filed Against Eleven Arrested After Discovery and Seizure of Marijuana, Cocaine, Firearms, Grenades and Ammunition

February 25, 2011

(McALLEN, Texas) — Federal charges of drug-trafficking and illegal weapons-exporting crimes have been filed in U.S. District Court in McAllen, Texas, against a total of 11 defendants arrested earlier this week, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Houston Salvage Yard Owner Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Heroin Trafficking

January 19, 2011

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) — Joel Linares-Soberanis, 36, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole for trafficking heroin into the United States from Mexico, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »

Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Possessing Firearm

January 19, 2011

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — A previously convicted felon, Damian Valentin Monserrat, 48, has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison without parole for possessing a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Three Texas Syndicate Members Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

January 6, 2011

(MCALLEN, Texas) — Three members of the Texas Syndicate prison gang convicted by a jury of racketeering and committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VCAR) have been sentenced to life imprisonment, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge J. Dewey Webb announced today.More »

Straw Purchase of Guns Leads to Prison Term for U.S. Citizen

January 5, 2011

(McALLEN, Texas) — A United States citizen, who had resided in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison without parole for straw purchasing 13 firearms, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.More »