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District Heights Felon Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison on Drug and Gun Offenses

December 15, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland — Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Corenzo Mobery, age 28, of District Heights, Maryland, today to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a felon. More »

Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Virginia Theological Seminary Church Fire

October 28, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with agents from the ATF Falls Church Field Division and Alexandria Fire Marshal’s Office investigators have completed the on-scene investigation into the cause of the Oct. 22 fire at the chapel located at the Virginia Theological Seminary at 3737 Seminary Rd. More »

Owner of Fairfax Bar Convicted of Setting Fire to His Business

October 27, 2010

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and David Rohr, Fire Chief for the City of Fairfax, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Aman will face a mandatory minimum period of five years imprisonment and faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment when he is sentenced on Jan. 14, 2011. More »

ATF Enters Investigation Into Historic Virginia Theological Seminary Chapel Fire

October 23, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from Falls Church Virginia and Washington DC have entered the investigation into a fire at the Virginia Theological Seminary, located at 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. The fire was contained to the historic chapel on the grounds of the Seminary. Initial estimates established a dollar loss of over two million dollars due to the fire. More »

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Top Investigations of Fiscal Year 2010

October 19, 2010

Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division, released a list of the top investigations undertaken during fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010). The Washington Field Division covers Washington DC, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and seven counties in the panhandle of West Virginia. More »

Members of Prince William County Cocaine Trafficking Ring Indicted

September 24, 2010

Seven men were charged in a 34-count indictment yesterday for trafficking cocaine and firearms in Prince William County. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the indictment was unsealed. More »

Virginia Beach Member of the Mongol’s Motorcycle Gang Pleads Guilty to Machinegun Charge

September 13, 2010

Justin Wilson, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today to possession and transfer of a machinegun. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. More »

Man Sentenced to 37 Years in Prison for Multiple Carjacking Spree

September 10, 2010

B Terrell Elisha Roberson, 22, of Oxon Hill, Md., was sentenced to 37 years in prison for using a firearm to carjack multiple cars in the Washington, D.C.,-metro area. More »

Front Royal Man Indicted on Gun Charges

September 7, 2010

A former federally licensed firearms dealer has been charged with illegally selling guns without a license and selling guns to convicted felons at a flea market in Front Royal, Virginia. More »

Ten-Year Sentence for Virginia Beach Gun Shop Theft Get-Away Driver

September 2, 2010

Roshawn D. Turner, 25, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 10 years in prison for his role in a night-time theft of 27 firearms from the Armory Gun Shop in Virginia Beach, Va. More »

Justice Department Honors Undercover Gun, Drug Investigation With Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement Award

July 14, 2010

A jointly run undercover investigation that led to dozens of arrests in the Washington area and the seizure of 123 firearms and $1.5 million in narcotics was honored by the Department of Justice today as one of 24 national recipients of the annual Project Safe Neighborhoods Achievement Awards. The honor recognizes work performed by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Washington Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. More »

Springfield Man Sentenced 57 Years for Murder-for-Hire Plot

June 18, 2010

Mirwais Omar Mohamadi, 28, of Springfield, Va., was sentenced to serve 57 years in federal prison today for armed robbery and carrying out a plot to hire a man to kill a taxicab driver. More »

Twenty-Seven Members of American Outlaw Association Motorcycle Gang Indicted

June 15, 2010

The National President and 26 other members and associates of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. The 12-count indictment — which was returned on June 10, 2010, but unsealed today — charges that the men participated in a criminal enterprise that engaged in a wide range of crimes, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling, and weapons violations. More »

Eight Subjects Arrested for Conspiring to Traffic Contraband Cigarettes

June 10, 2010

Federal authorities have arrested eight subjects for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after all were arrested and made their initial appearances in federal court. More »

Grandmother Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Role as Leader of Oxycontin Distribution Conspiracy

June 9, 2010

United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that Nancy Bell, 63, of Maynardsville, Tennessee was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Big Stone Gap following her pleas of guilty to numerous charges involving a conspiracy to distribute OxyContin in Lee County, Virginia that involved three generations of Bell’s family. More »

Fairfax Man in Murder-for-Hire Scheme Sentenced 220 Months in Prison

May 21, 2010

Xing Xiao, aka Andy, 33, of Fairfax, Va., was sentenced today to 220 months in prison for conspiring to hire a hitman to murder someone he believed had stolen more than 15,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes from him. As part of his plea agreement, Xiao agreed to forfeit approximately $2.4 million. More »

Eight Lee County Residents Plead Guilty to Oxycontin Distribution Conspiracy

May 3, 2010

United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that eight defendants entered pleas of guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to numerous charges involving drug distribution and firearms. These charges resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Lee County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service. More »

New York Man Sentenced 70 Months for Drug, Contraband Cigarette Distribution

April 16, 2010

Rui Bai Wang, 33, of Flushing, N.Y., was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for distributing more than 22,000 pills similar to ecstasy and paying more than $165,000 to purchase approximately 2.4 million contraband cigarettes. Wang is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and will be turned over to immigration officials following his release from prison for deportation proceedings. More »

Grandmother Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution Conspiracy That Involved Daughter and Grand Daughter

April 6, 2010

A cooperative investigation conducted by the Lee County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had led to guilty pleas of at least eight people in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. More »

Springfield Area Man Convicted in Murder-for-Hire Plot

March 18, 2010

Mirwais “Omar” Mohamadi, a twenty-eight-year-old man from the Springfield area of Fairfax County, was convicted today of two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Armed Robbery, one count of Solicitation to Commit Murder-for-Hire, one count of Murder-for-Hire, and two counts of Witness Tampering by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia. United States District Court Judge Liam O’Grady scheduled sentencing for June 11, 2010. Mohamadi faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 125 years. More »

Suspect Indicted for Alleged Participation in an Armed Robbery

March 10, 2010

Michael Johnson, Jr., 22, of Newport News, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to the armed robbery of a Miller Mart in Newport News. The charges include conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and use of a firearm in reference to a crime of violence. He faces a maximum penalty of 47 years. More »

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Scheme as Payback for Stolen Cigarettes

March 9, 2010

Xing Xiao, aka Andy, 32, of Fairfax, Va., today pled guilty to conspiring to hire a hitman to murder someone he believed had stolen more than 15,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes from him. More »

Hopewell Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison on Crack and Firearm Charges

March 5, 2010

Roberto Carlos Alvarez, 26, of Hopewell, Virginia, a career offender, was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. More »

Falls Church, Va. Explosives Detection Canine Helps Miami Prepare for Super Bowl XLIV

February 5, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country. The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. More »

Front Royal, Va. Explosives Detection Canine Helps Miami Prepare for Super Bowl XLIV

February 5, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country. The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. More »

Three Indicted for Alleged Participation in Hardee's Murder

January 13, 2010

Anthony Lee Wainwright, Jr., 25, Henry Lee Stapleton, 23, and Michael Johnson, Jr., 22, all of Newport News, Va., were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to the murder of Diane Elizabeth Green and the robbery of a Hardee's restaurant in Newport News. More »

Alexandria Man Sentenced to Three Years for Making Illegal Uzi Machine Guns

January 8, 2010

John M. Walker, 50, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally converting a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun. The defendant also agreed to forfeit 19 of his firearms that were possessed in violation of the National Firearms Act. More »