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Los Angeles Field Division - 2011 Releases

Three Individuals Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Possess an Unregistered Firearm

December 15, 2011

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that Yoahjan Lara Flores, Arturo Lara, and Alfredo Rubio Lara were each sentenced to serve 60 months in prison following their convictions for conspiracy to possess an unregistered firearm, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(d). The defendants entered their guilty pleas on March 18, 2011. More »

Reward Offered for Big 5 Robbery Information

December 15, 2011

On December 5, 2011 the Big 5 Sporting Goods Store was robbed by three men at gunpoint. A significant number of firearms (rifles and shotguns) were stolen during the robbery. The suspects are still outstanding. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the robbery. More »

Inter-Department Operation Nets Numerous Arrests and Guns

December 14, 2011

More than 250 law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Department, Department of Probation , Pasadena Police, Department Children and Family Services MART, along with Narcotics and ATF investigators conducted Operation DISARM where more than 160 locations were searched for persons, on probation, for firearm related offenses. These probationers are prohibited from possessing firearms. In total, 34 people were arrested for possessing firearms or other charges and 23 guns were recovered. More »

D.I.S.A.R.M. conducts 158 Probation Searches and Takes Guns/Drugs off Streets

December 14, 2011

The Los Angeles County Probation Department led a multi-agency sweep this morning in Operation D.I.S.A.R.M. which included 158 probation compliance checks in the County’s 5th District.More »

Warrant Service for Arrests, Searches and Probation Searches

November 29, 2011

On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, about 12:15 PM, Indio Police Department with the assistance from other law enforcement officers conducted arrest warrants, search warrants and probation searches.More »

Australian Citizen Sentenced to 24 Months for Illegal Possession of Firearms

November 28, 2011

PHOENIX — Elie Malkoun, 53, of Victoria, Australia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 24 months in the Bureau of Prisons plus three years of supervised release. The defendant pleaded guilty on July 19, 2011, to one count of Alien Illegally or Unlawfully in the United States in Possession of a Firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)(A).More »

Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

November 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES – A Rollin 30’s Harlem Crip gang member who was arrested in 2008 as part of a large Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation dubbed Operation Criptonite was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycotin by United States Federal District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. More »

Narcotic Search Warrant Suspects Arrested at K&M Barbershop

October 28, 2011

During the past year the Moreno Valley Police Department has received numerous complaints from businesses, citizens and elected officials about narcotic and gang activity coming from inside and around K & M Barbershop located at 24135 Sunnymead Boulevard, Moreno Valley. More »

ATF Los Angeles Hosts Citizens’ Academy

September 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES – John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the commencement of the latest class of the ATF Citizens’ Academy presented by the Los Angeles Field Division. The academy began Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 9, is designed to create a greater understanding of ATF’s role in the community through education and open discussion.More »

Defendant Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Narcotic Violations

September 27, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced that Jose Adelmo Ayala was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Sept. 26 by United States District Judge Steven V. Wilson. Ayala was arrested as part of a 2010 ATF investigation dubbed Operation Temple Street, and pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.More »

DA Announces Dozens of Indictments in Undercover Auto Theft Operation

September 15, 2011

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis today announced 33 grand jury indictments as a result of a six-month undercover operation conducted by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) in cooperation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The defendants face various felony charges vehicle theft, residential burglary, possession of stolen property and illegal weapons possession.More »

ATF Promotes the Greater Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff in the City of Hope

September 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES – John A. Torres Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division and Martha Flores, Chief of Staff of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS), District 23, the co-chairmen of the Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), announce the CFC kickoff for 2012 at the City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.More »

California Resident Pleads Guilty to Furnishing False Statements to Obtain Firearms

September 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Los Angeles Field Division announced today Christopher Mathwig, 38, of Costa Mesa, Calif., pleaded guilty to furnishing false statements to acquire 40 firearms from another state. Mathwig also agreed to forfeit greater than 34 firearms he obtained illegally from Calvary Arms Corp. which ATF had seized in conjunction with his arrest and prosecution.More »

ATF Announces Completion of Police Training 2011 Law Enforcement Officer Safety Summit

September 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES – John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the completion of the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Awareness Training. The conference which was sponsored by ATF, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown.More »

Multi-Agency Investigation Targets Riverside-Area Gang

August 10, 2011

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$10,000 Reward Offered for Information Regarding the Fort Irwin Firearms Theft

July 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Los Angeles Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced that ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a Fort Irwin firearms theft which occurred on the night of July 15, 2011.More »

ATF Los Angeles Hosts Federal Firearms Licensee Seminar

July 27, 2011

SAN DIEGO – Special Agent in Charge (SAC) John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives (ATF) invites all Federal Firearms Licensees, (FFL), to participate in the Federal Firearms Licensee Seminar on August 23, 2011. More »

Joint Task Force Target’s Notorious and Violent Gang

July 19, 2011

(San Diego, CA) Today, the San Diego Police Department led a multi-agency task force in a coordinated take-down of numerous high value targets with ties to Mexican drug cartels.More »

Joint Task Force Target’s Notorious and Violent Gang

July 14, 2011

Los Angeles: The "Chosen Few Motorcycle Club" (MC) is a criminal gang that was formed in 1960 in the City of Los Angeles. Its headquarters remain in the 10800 block of South Broadway. Its members are primarily Black men, with active chapters throughout the United States. During the first four months of 2010, the club was involved in three shootings and a homicide.More »

99 Members and Associates of Mexican Mafia – Affiliated Gangs Charged in Operation "Black Flag"

July 13, 2011

Over five hundred law enforcement officers and agents executed arrest and search warrants this morning marking the culmination of a multi–year investigation by the Santa Ana Gang Task Force that resulted in five federal indictments and various state felony charges for gang–related crime. Members and associates of violent Mexican Mafia controlled gangs who claim the streets of Orange County as their territory were taken into custody for their roles in crimes and criminal enterprises alleged to be responsible for carrying out offenses including racketeering, extortion, narcotics and firearms violations, assault and murderMore »

Central Valley Joint Fugitive Taskforce Announces Arrest of Dennis Knox

July 1, 2011

Tehachapi – U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force (CVJFTF) arrested Mitchell Dennis Knox.More »

ATF Promotes a Safe July 4th Celebration and Awareness of the Dangers of Fireworks

July 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division, wishes for Southern California residents to have a safe and responsible Fourth of July celebration.More »

ATF Undercover Operation Targets West Valley Firearm Traffickers

June 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the arrest of seven defendants for various firearms and narcotics violations as the result of Operation Woodchuck, an undercover operation that targeted firearm traffickers in the San Fernando Valley. An additional three suspects were arrested during today’s takedown unrelated to this investigation.More »

Wilmington Resident Sentenced to 27 Years in Federal Prison for Being an Armed Career Criminal

June 20, 2011

LOS ANGELES — A Wilmington resident who was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for trafficking narcotics while armed was sentenced today to 324 months in federal prison.More »

Escondido Bomb House Defendant George Jakubec Sentenced to 30 Years

June 13, 2011

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that George Djura Jakubec was sentenced in U.S. District Court in San Diego by the Honorable Larry A. Burns to serve the mandatory-minimum sentence of thirty (30) years in prison. The sentence is based on Jakubec’s conviction for two counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence, that is, the November 13, 2009 robbery of the Bank of America, located at 1190 East Ocean Air Drive, San Diego, California, and the November 27, 2009 attempted robbery of the same bank branch. Jakubec entered his guilty pleas on March 14, 2010. In addition to pleading to these two counts, Jakubec took responsibility in his plea agreement for the conduct alleged in all counts of the indictment.More »

Courthouse Bombing Suspect Found Guilty

June 6, 2011

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Donny Love, Sr., was found guilty by a federal jury earlier today in United States District Court in San Diego of the use of a weapon of mass destruction and other charges, arising from the bombing of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse in San Diego on May 4, 2008. The verdict follows a two–week trial before the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown.More »

Arson fire at a Yermo church

June 3, 2011

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, Barstow deputies responded to a commercial burglary at the Yermo Community Center. Deputies determined that suspects forced entry to the building, stole items and vandalized the interior. During the investigation, deputies identified three juvenile suspects. The three male suspects, ages 9, 13 and 17, were arrested and cite released.

 

Francisco Flores Wanted Poster

Multi-agency Investigation Targets Riverside-area Gangs

June 3, 2011

Riverside, CA — More than 150 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers Thursday morning served search and arrest warrants and conducted parole searches at locations in Riverside and Fontana targeting two violent street gangs, both with ties to the Mexican Mafia, capping a nearly two-year investigation that linked the groups to firearms and narcotics trafficking.

Arson Fires at 1737 E. 7th Street & 1441 E. 7th Street

May 20, 2011

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Arson Unit is looking for the public’s help in identifying and apprehending an arson suspect. More »

ATF Undercover Storefront Nabs 19 in Venice, Culver City Area

May 4, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the arrests of 19 defendants, for various firearm and narcotics violations during an investigation dubbed, Operation Villainz Ink.More »

Transient Indicted on Federal Explosives Charges Related to Blast Outside Santa Monica Synagogue

May 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES — A federal grand jury today named a homeless man in a four–count indictment that accuses him of detonating an explosive device outside the Chabad House in Santa Monica last month.More »

Operation Pirate Town Targets Over 200 Violent Criminals Linked to Rancho San Pedro Gang

April 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,300 law enforcement officers this morning fanned out across the San Pedro area, arresting 80 alleged members and associates of the Rancho San Pedro gang, otherwise known as RSP. Over 230 individuals are named in both federal and state court documents that allege a host of crimes including violent acts and firearms and narcotics trafficking. This morning’s massive operation stems from a 2 ½- year investigation initiated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that uncovered a wide range of criminal activities related to the gang.More »

Francisco Flores Wanted Poster

Violent Felon From Yuma Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Illegally Obtaining and Possessing Firearms, Ammunition, and Body Armor

April 12, 2011

PHOENIX — U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake sentenced Randy Trey Westbrook, of Yuma, Ariz., to 40 months in prison for conspiring with his now ex–wife to illegally obtain and possess an array of handguns and shotguns and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Westbrook, 43, was sentenced on Monday.More »

Man Arrested in Cleveland Positively Identified as Ron Hirsh, Subject Wanted in Connection with Synagogue Explosion, Charged in Federal Warrant

April 11, 2011

Ron Hirsch, 60, a transient, was arrested in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Monday evening after officers with the Cleveland Heights Police Department were contacted by a local resident with whom Hirsch had come into contact, announced Steven Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI in Los Angeles; Tim Jackman, Chief of the Santa Monica Police Department; and John Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. More »

ATF Los Angeles Hosts Citizens’ Academy

March 31, 2011

LOS ANGELES — John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the commencement of the latest class of the ATF Citizens’ Academy presented by the Los Angeles Field Division. The academy, which began March 30 and runs through May 18, was designed to create a greater understanding of ATF’s role in the community through education and open discussion.More »

Australian Citizen Arrested on Weapons Charges

March 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced the arrest of Elie Malkoun, a 53 year old citizen of Australia, for possession of a firearm by a non–immigrant visa holder.More »

Guilty Plea — George Djura Jakubec

March 14, 2011

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that George Djura Jakubec, 54, pled guilty today in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Larry A. Burns to two counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence, that is, the November 13, 2009 robbery of the Bank of America, located at 1190 East Ocean Air Drive, San Diego, California, and the November 27, 2009 attempted robbery of the same bank branch – charges that carry a mandatory–minimum sentence of thirty (30) years’ imprisonment.More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Los Angeles 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. Silva and Marianne are based in Los Angeles and will conduct security sweeps at this year's Super Bowl to locate any type of explosive, firearm or ammunition that may be in close proximity to the stadium or other venue relating to the big game. More »

Rackeetering Indictment Targets 38th Street Gang

February 2, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 800 law enforcement officers this morning targeted members and associates of the 38th Street gang, arresting dozens of defendants, many of whom are named in a federal racketeering indictment that alleges a host of violent crimes, large-scale drug trafficking and extortion of both drug dealers and legitimate businesses.More »

Federal Explosives Licensee Forfeits $29,000 for Alleged Storage Violations

January 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that Pyro Spectaculars, Inc., (PSI), a Federal Explosives Licensee located in Rialto, has agreed to forfeit the sum of $29,000 representing proceeds from an alleged violation of Federal explosives laws. PSI agreed to forfeit the proceeds for the over storage of approximately 62,000 pounds of explosives stored in excess of individual container limits.More »

2010 Southern California Gun Data

January 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES — John A. Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announces the release of aggregate trace data for crime guns submitted to ATF for tracing for calendar year 2010.More »

Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

January 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that on Dec. 7, a Long beach area gang member who was arrested in 2008 as part of a large ATF investigation dubbed Operation Rock Pile was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for selling crack cocaine by United States District Judge Valerie Fairbank.More »

Lead Defendant in Massive Racketeering Case that Targeted Hawaiian Gardens Gang Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Wide-Ranging Drug Trafficking Activities

January 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The lead defendant in a federal RICO indictment that was brought as part of the nation’s largest-ever gang sweep was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for helping coordinate the racketeering activities of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens street gang and distributing large quantities of narcotics. More »