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Two Defendants Arrested During Operation Garlic Press Plead Guilty

December 21, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two individuals today pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose to charges stemming from a multi–agency, law enforcement initiative that was conducted in Gilroy, Calif., United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.More »

Two Operation Knockout Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

December 20, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal judge today sentenced Martin Montoya and Dakota Casperson to 19 and 18 years, respectively, in federal prison after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine as part of the conspiracy charged in Operation Knockout, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.More »

Fresno Felon Sentenced for Ammunition Possession

November 21, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced two-time convicted felon, Jacob Moya, 25, of Fresno, to 27 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of ammunition.More »

Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition

November 14, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that the United States District Judge Lawrence J. O–Neill sentenced Shane Stone, 33, of Fresno to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release, as a result of his conviction for being a felon in possession of ammunition. On August 9, 2011, Stone was convicted following a trial.More »

Fresno Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

November 10, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Charles Garrett, 24, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Arrests Announced of International Firearms Trafficking Ring Members

November 9, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that on November 3, 2011, a grand jury returned an indictment charging seven individuals with various federal firearms offenses. The indictment was unsealed today.More »

Federal Drug Charges Filed Against Three Members of Hells Angels, Including Former President of Las Vegas Chapter

November 3, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Three men, all of whom were members of the Hells Angels, and one of whom was President of the Las Vegas chapter, have been charged with federal drug trafficking charges, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. Two of the men were also charged with additional drug or firearm crimes.More »

Fresno Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearms Possession for a Fourth Time in Less than 10 Years

October 31, 2011

FRESNO, Calif.— United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Chief United States District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii accepted a guilty plea from Vue Her, 26, of Fresno, California to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.More »

Fresno Felon Charged with Federal Firearms and Immigration Offenses

October 27, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Adan Gonzalez–Gonzalez, 23, of Fresno, with federal firearms and immigration offenses.More »

Fresno Felon Indicted on Firearms Charge

October 27, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Julian Gomez Sosa, 42, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Modesto Man Indicted for Firearms and Drug Violations

October 27, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today a federal grand jury returned a six–count indictment charging Jose Jesus Reyes–Gallaga Vargas, 21, of Modesto, with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, two counts of being an undocumented alien in possession of a firearm, and one count of dealing firearms without a license.More »

Oakdale Felon Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession

October 20, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Glen Avilla, 45, of Oakdale, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registry.More »

Law Enforcement Action in Gilroy Targets Individuals Who Committed Violent Criminal Acts

October 14, 2011

San Jose, Calif. – Following a coordinated undercover operation that took place in Gilroy, Calif., and involved local, State and Federal law enforcement officials, 27 individuals who were arrested last night and early this morning on weapon and drug charges made their initial appearances in federal court today, United States Attorney Melinda Haag; Stephen C. Herkins, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Gilroy Chief of Police Denise J. Turner announced.More »

Jury Convicts Nicholas Bickle of Weapons Charges

October 7, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Nicholas Bickle was convicted today of federal conspiracy and weapons charges for unlawfully possessing, transporting or selling machine guns, pistols, and explosives, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.More »

Clovis Man Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession

October 3, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Craig Mathias Katerinos, 20, of Clovis, pleaded guilty today to possessing a firearm that had not been registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.More »

Fresno Felon Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Possessing Ammunition

September 30, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that United States District Judge Oliver W. Wanger sentenced Kenneth Carter, 31, of Fresno, to five years and one month in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition and violating his supervised release.More »

Fresno Gang Member Sentenced for Firearms Charges

September 27, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today United States District Judge Oliver W. Wanger sentenced Christopher Madden, 28, of Fresno, to four years and three months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Stanislaus Felon Sentenced for Possession of Ammunition

September 23, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced two-time convicted felon, Sergio V. Garcia, 32, of Riverbank, to six years and five months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of rifle ammunition.More »

Fresno Felon Indicted for Possession of Ammunition

September 22, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jaime Vega, 34, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of ammunition.More »

ATF and Henderson PD Offer Reward of $5,000 in Gun Shop Burglary

September 6, 2011

HENDERSON, Nev. — Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division and Police Chief Jutta Chambers, Henderson Police Department, announced today the offer of a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Lock and Load Tactical, a Federal Firearms Licensee, located in Henderson, Nev.More »

Mexican National Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Purchasing Assault Rifles in Las Vegas

August 26, 2011

LAS VEGAS – The last of four men charged and convicted of unlawfully purchasing 37 high-powered assault rifles in Las Vegas for the purpose of selling them in Mexico, was sentenced to prison today, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.More »

Fresno Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Possession of Ammunition

August 22, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Jacob Moya, 25, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to the crime of being a felon in possession of ammunition.More »

Jury Returns a Guilty Verdict for Felon in Possession of Ammunition

August 9, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal jury returned a guilty verdict today against Shane Stone, 32, of Fresno, for being a felon in possession of ammunition.More »

Galleria Mall Arsonist Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

August 2, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that today U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Alexander Piggee, 24, of Sacramento, to 15 years in prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release, for causing fires that damaged the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville and a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road in Sacramento County. Both fires occurred on October 21, 2010.More »

Fresno Felon Indicted for Federal Firearms Offense

July 28, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Wendell Ladell Moton, 21, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Fresno and Modesto Men Indicted on Federal Firearms Offenses

July 15, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned three separate indictments yesterday charging federal firearms offenses.More »

Fairfield Man Indicted in Car Bombing

July 7, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a four–count indictment charging Daniel Richard Garcia, 30, of Fairfield, with malicious use of explosive materials, possession of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, and two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device.More »

Operation Knockout Defendant Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine Distribution

June 29, 2011

SAN JOSE – A federal judge sentenced Pablo Jose Mendoza to 11 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing more than 8 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney MELINDA HAAG announced.More »

Fresno Bulldog Gang Member Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession

June 30, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Marcelino Higareda, aka Leno, 20, of Fresno, with possessing a firearm that had not been registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.More »

Man Indicted for Mail Fraud and Theft of Firearms from a Gun Dealer

June 30, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Brandon Shawn Greene, 37, of Fresno, with 10 counts of mail fraud, six counts of theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, and six counts of theft of firearms.More »

Fresno Felon and Admitted Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

June 13, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Christopher Madden, 28, of Fresno, entered a guilty plea today to charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Stanislaus County Drug Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of Ammunition

June 3, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that convicted felon, Sergio V. Garcia, 32, of Riverbank, pleaded guilty today to felony possession of rifle ammunition.More »

Indictment Unsealed after Arrest of Fresno Trio for Meth Trafficking

May 31, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins, and Clovis Police Chief Janet E. Davis announced that an indictment was unsealed today charging Robert Cervantes, 43; Cheryl Stroud, 31; and Jennifer Stroud, 32; all of Clovis, in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The three defendants were arrested on May 27, 2011.More »

ATF Celebrates the G.R.E.A.T. Anti–Gang Program’s 20th Anniversary

May 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Stephen C. Herkins announced today that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the national Gang Resistant Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program.More »

Fresno Felon Faces Charges for Illegal Possession

May 26, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Vue Her, 26, of Fresno, with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.More »

Salinas Man Sentenced to 57 Months for Dealing Firearms Without a License

May 26, 2011

SAN JOSE – A federal judge sentenced a Salinas man to 57 months in prison after he admitted to selling nine firearms and 700 rounds of ammunition without a license, United States Attorney MELINDA HAAG announced.More »

Reward of $10,000 for Information in Mosque Arson

May 25, 2011, 2011

STOCKTON, Calif. – Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division, Police Chief Blair Ulring, Stockton Police Department, and interim Fire Chief David Rudat, Stockton Fire Department announced today that the Masjid Al Emaan Mosque, Reliance Real Estate Office, and Living Well Ministries and Christian Center fire was an act of arson and are offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.More »

Business Owner Indicted for Fraud and Arson Related to 2006 Mountain View Fire

May 13, 2011

SAN JOSE – A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Fauzia Lodhi, of Mountain View, California, on May 11, 2011 with wire fraud, mail fraud, and arson charges, United States Attorney MELINDA HAAG announced.More »

Out-of-State Felon Arrested for Firearm Violation

May 12, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Scott James, also known as James Scott MacCulloch, 58, of Aurora, Colo., with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Gun Runner Sentenced in Illegal Trafficking Scheme

May 12, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that Travis Price, 36, of Solano County, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. to five years and three months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for unlawfully selling firearms and for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.More »

Convicted Gang Member Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession

April 28, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Michael Aguilar, 27, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registry.More »

Oakland Drug Dealer Sentenced to 160 Months of Imprisonment

April 21, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO – United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins announced that yesterday Demario McDaniels, a/k/a Rio, was sentenced to 160 months in prison for distribution of crack cocaine. McDaniels has multiple prior felony narcotics distribution convictions. Therefore, he was sentenced by the Honorable William Alsup, U.S. District Court Judge pursuant to the career offender provisions of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. More »

Operation Deep Water Investigation Concludes with Nine Targets Federally Indicted

April 19, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury has indicted nine individuals operating in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco with a variety of federal narcotics trafficking offenses, United States Attorney MELINDA HAAG, ATF Special Agent in Charge STEPHEN C. HERKINS, and Interim San Francisco Police Chief JEFF GODOWN announced. The investigation involved a series of undercover operations, collectively referred to as Operation Deep Water.More »

Felon Gets 13 Years in Prison for Drug and Firearm Conviction

April 15, 2011

LAS VEGAS — A convicted felon who pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute almost one kilo of methamphetamine and unlawfully possessing several stolen firearms, has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.More »

Stockton Armed Career Criminal Indicted on Firearm Charge

April 14, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a one–count indictment charging Marcus Pride, 34, of Stockton, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Fresno Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

April 11, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Anthony Murillo, 28, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Madera Illegal Alien in Possession of Firearm and Ammo Convicted

March 28, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Julian Gonzalez–Jimenez, 24, of San Luis, El Petén, Guatemala, entered a guilty plea today to being an illegal alien in possession of a Ravens .25–caliber firearm and 77 rounds of .25–caliber ammunition when he was apprehended in connection with Operation Trident, a multi–agency marijuana enforcement effort in Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties in 2009 and 2010. To date, Operation Trident has resulted in the eradication of approximately 663,898 marijuana plants, primarily from public lands in the Sierra foothills and mountains in the Eastern District of California. Gonzalez–Jimenez’s guilty plea represents the 55th federal conviction as a result of Operation Trident.More »

Lincoln Man Indicted for Possession of Multiple Firearms, Including Machine Guns and Grenade

March 24, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a three–count indictment charging Eric William Smith, 36, of Lincoln, with being a felon in possession of multiple firearms, three machine guns and a fragmentation grenade.More »

Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Arson in Galleria Fire

March 8, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Alexander Piggee, 23, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to two counts of arson for causing fires that damaged the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville and a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road in Sacramento County. Both fires occurred on October 21, 2010.More »

Fresno Felon Indicted on Firearms Charge

February 24, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Jacob Moya, 25, of Fresno, with felony possession of ammunition.More »

Fresno Felon Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession for a Third Time in Less Than 10 Years

February 17, 2011

Fresno, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Kenneth Carter, 30, of Fresno, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.More »

Sacramento Man Charged Federally with Arson in Galleria Fire

February 3, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Placer County District Attorney Ronald Owens, and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully, announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Sacramento has returned an indictment charging Alexander Piggee, 23, of Sacramento, with two counts of arson for causing fires that damaged the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville and a Wal-Mart on Antelope Road in Sacramento County. Both fires occurred on October 21, 2010.More »

Multiple Felons Indicted on Firearms Charges

January 31, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that federal grand juries in Fresno and Sacramento returned five indictments yesterday charging six men with illegal possession of firearms or ammunition. More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Reno 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. Emmons and Turner are based at University of Nevada – Reno 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 »

Fifth Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Rob Cocaine Stash House

January 14, 2011

LAS VEGAS — The fifth defendant convicted in an ATF sting operation in which the conspirators planned a violent robbery of a cocaine stash house, was sentenced today to 17½ years in prison, announced Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.More »

Ten Persons Sentenced for Federal Firearms-Related Crimes in Southern Nevada During Fourth Quarter 2010

January 13, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Ten persons were sentenced for federal firearms-related offenses from October through December 2010, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada. All of the individuals were investigated, convicted and sentenced as part of the Southern Nevada Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, a U.S. Department of Justice sponsored initiative to reduce gun violence at the local level. The crimes they committed included felon in possession of a firearm, use of or brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, illegal alien in possession of a firearm, and carjacking.More »

Trio of Fresno Felons Indicted on Firearms Charges

January 6, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned three separate indictments charging Anthony Manuel Murillo, 28, and Vue Her, 25, both of Fresno, as felons in possession of a firearm and Shane Stone, 32, of Fresno as a felon in possession of ammunition. The offenses are alleged to have been committed in December 2010.More »