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Jury Finds Thompson and Baggett Guilty of Firearms Charges

December 17, 2010

Little Rock — Jane W. Duke, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; Phil Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and Valerie Parlave, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that a jury convicted George W. Thompson, 65 of Cabot, of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, possessing an unregistered silencer, operating an illegal gambling business and conspiring to do the same, and of aiding and abetting marriage fraud. The jury also convicted Thompson and Samuel Gaylon Baggett, 58, a sitting alderman in the city of North Little Rock, of conspiring with one another to dispose of ammunition to a felon. Baggett was also convicted of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm (Thompson) and of making a false statement to ATF and FBI agents.More »

Arkansas Man Arrested in Connection with Explosive Device Left at Polling Place in Carroll County, Arkansas

December 3, 2010

Fort Smith — U.S. Attorney Deborah Groom of the Western District of Arkansas announced today that members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Mark Krause, a 40-year-old Arkansas man, on a criminal complaint charging him with Attempted Use of Force Against Those Engaged in Federally Protected Activities, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 245(b)(1)(A) and Possession of a Firearm, Namely a Destructive Device, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, in violation of 26 U.S.C. §§ 5861(d) and 5871 in connection with an explosive device found at a polling place in Osage, Arkansas, in June 2010.More »

ATF, Local Police and Firearms Industry Join Forces to Stop Illegal Firearms Purchases in Gulfport

November 7, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Gulfport Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today announced a major campaign to significantly reduce the illegal straw purchases of firearms in Gulfport. More »

Gretna Man Pleads Guilty to Arson Threats

October 22, 2010

DAVID PATRICK MCGUIRE, age 62, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, pled guilty yesterday in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to a three count indictment for threats to injure an individual and to destroy a building, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Illegal Alien Charged With Possession of a Firearm

October 22, 2010

ELIAS GUEVARA, age 28, a citizen of Honduras, was charged in a criminal complaint today with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Illegal Alien Charged With Attempting to Illegally Export a Firearm

October 22, 2010

RUBIN EDGARDO HERNANDEZ-MADRID, age 31, a citizen of Honduras, was charged in a criminal complaint today with illegally exporting a firearm to Honduras, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Gun Charge

October 22, 2010

KERRY A. HUBBARD, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to thirty (30) months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm in New Orleans to run concurrent to any sentence imposed in state court, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Barbier ordered that HUBBARD be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. More »

Member of the Krazy Locos Criminal Street Gang Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Following Convictions for Two Homicides, Robbery, and Firearms Charges

October 22, 2010

KEWAYNE MORGAN, aka Duke aka Shorty aka Weezy, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana pled guilty today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval to gun an drug charges arising out of his participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Local Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

September 29, 2010

DANQUELL MILLER, a/k/a “Queezy,” age 28, also a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to serve twenty (25) years (300 months) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Scott Warehouse Fire

September 14, 2010

National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the New Orleans Field Division have been activated by request from the Scott Fire Department and Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a fire that occurred at Advance Products and Systems, located at 108 Asset Avenue, in Scott, Louisiana. More »

Bossier City Man Convicted on Gun Charges

August 24, 2010

A Bossier City resident faces a lengthy prison sentence after a federal jury returned a guilty verdict on felony firearm charges. Billy Dewayne Moore, 32, was convicted by a federal jury of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today. U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg presided at the trial. More »

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking

August 19, 2010

JESSE SCOTT, age 19, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U.S. District Judge A. J. McNamara, to conspiracy to use a firearm during a carjacking and carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten today. More »

Eight Charged in 24-Count Federal Superseding Indictment for Rico, Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering, and Federal Drug and Gun Violations

August 6, 2010

MICHAEL ANDERSON, age 24, HAROLD JONES, age 34, THERON JONES, age 21, JEREMIAH MILLRO, age 23, COREY OLIVER, age 21, DARRYL SHIELDS, age 23, JEROME SIMMONS, age 23, and TONY SIMMONS, age 23, all of New Orleans, Louisiana were charged today in a 24-count superseding indictment with violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, violent crime in aid of racketeering, the federal controlled substances act and the federal gun control act, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm Violation

July 23, 2010

OLIN DEREK GRANT, age 44, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to fifteen (15) years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, GRANT was ordered to serve five (5) years of supervised release during which time he will be under federal supervision and risk additional imprisonment should he violated any terms of the release. More »

Mayor Landrieu and Chief Serpas Announce Project Safe Neighborhoods Enforcement Initiative

July 16, 2010

In keeping with Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to reduce crime, the Mayor and Chief Ronal Serpas announced the dramatic expansion of resources dedicated to the federally-led, multi-part strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) to combat gun violence in New Orleans. More »

ATF Warns Consumers: Illegal Explosives Devices Are Not Fireworks

June 30, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Phillip M. Durham of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), ask the public to use caution when celebrating the July 4th holiday with fireworks. More »

Tobacco Farmers Plead Guilty, Forfeit $8 Million in Cash

June 29, 2010

William C. Martin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi, and Phillip M. Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announce that… More »

Indictment for Assault Upon a Federal Officer With a Dangerous Weapon

June 11, 2010

BRANDON BANKS, age 24, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today by a Federal Grand Jury in a one-count indictment with forcibly assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Gretna Man Indicted for Arson Threats

June 11, 2010

DAVID PATRICK MCGUIRE, age 62, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, was charged in a three count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for threats to injure to injure an individual and to destroy a building, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdict on Firearms and Drug Charges for Members of Local Street Gang Named 3-N-G

June 4, 2010

DALTON BENNETT, a/k/a “D,” age 39, LANCE BENNETT, age 22, and DANQUELL MILLER, a/k/a “Queezy,” a/k/a “Quee,” age 28, all residents of New Orleans, were convicted today by a federal jury sitting in New Orleans of participating in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and a quantity of marijuana, a conspiracy to obstruct justice, and other drug and firearms offenses, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Arrests Made on Federal Firearms and State Charges

June 3, 2010

Federal and state law enforcement agents fanned out across Shreveport this morning to serve arrest warrants resulting from Operation: Free Trade, a seven-month undercover sting operation focused on gun and drug violations, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced. Five defendants were arrested on federal charges, while an additional nine defendants were arrested on state charges. More »

ATF to Hold “GREAT Graduation” Ceremony for Benjamin Bannekar Students

May 17, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced that the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program that teaches students to avoid gangs, youth violence and delinquency will graduate 65 eighth graders at the Benjamin Banneker Elementary School on Monday, May 17. Representatives from the office of the U.S. Attorney, and the office of Senator Mary Landrieu will attend the graduation. More »

Mitch Sivina Pleads Guilty to the Unlawful Sale and Transportation of Stolen Cigarettes and Money Laundering

May 17, 2010

William C. Martin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Phillip M. Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announce that… More »

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Making Threats to Kill President Obama and for Drug and Firearms Offenses

May 11, 2010

John Turnpaugh, age 47, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court today by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey to ninety-six (96) months imprisonment for threats against the President, as well as drug and gun charges, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. Specifically, the defendant was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison as to charges involving the threat against the president and the drugs, and a consecutive sentence of 60 months as to the gun charge. More »

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Distribution of Cigarettes, Money Laundering

May 7, 2010

William C. Martin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Phillip M. Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announce that… More »

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threats to Kill President Obama and to Drug and Firearms Offenses

February 2, 2010

John Turnpaugh, age 47, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey to making threats to kill the President; possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it; and to possessing four firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activity, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Armed Home Invasion Group Member is Sentenced in Federal Court to Drug and Firearms Charges

January 28, 2010

A member of a violent crime group in Shreveport, Louisiana was sentenced today for planning an armed home invasion to rob rival drug dealers of cash and drugs, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced. More »

New Orleans Man Indicted For Making Threats to Kill the President

January 15, 2010

JOHN TURNPAUGH, age 47, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted yesterday in a four count indictment by a federal grand jury for making threats to kill the President, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

ATF Announces Up to $5,000 Reward For Information on Victorian/Bellemont Apartment Arson

January 13, 2010

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson Parish Fire Department announced today that ATF is posting a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for 5 arson fires since November 14, 2009 at the Victorian Condominiums and Bellemont Apartment Complex in the 6200 block Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA. More »

New Orleans Man Sentenced to Over 14 Years in Federal Prison For Distributing Heroin

January 7, 2010

BRIAN SMITH, age 36, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U. S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to over 14 years (170 months) in prison for distributing quantities of heroin, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. More »

Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Russellville Area Doctor With Bombing of State Medical Board Chairman

January 6, 2010

Jane W. Duke, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Phillip Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today the return of a second superseding indictment against Dr. Randeep Mann, age 51, of London, Ark. In addition to earlier charges, Mann is now also charged with the Feb. 4, 2009, bombing of Dr. Trent Pierce, Chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board. More »

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