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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2010

www.atf.gov

Contact: Special Agent Mike Campbell
202-648-8021 (Office)
202-327-4195 (Cell)

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Top Investigations of Fiscal Year 2010

WASHINGTON — 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.

Mr. Domenech said, These investigations highlight the great work that the men and women of ATF do each and every day with our law enforcement partners in our fight against violent crime. In these days of dwindling resources, our goal remains removing the worst of the worst criminals from our streets so that our citizens and their children can feel safe in their neighborhoods and schools.

The investigations listed below were prosecuted out of the U.S. Attorney’s offices in the Eastern and Western District of Virginia and Washington DC.


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 »

Wolford Man to Get Seventy Years For Possessing Gun That Was Used In Murder

June 28, 2010

Frank Carl Thomas, Jr., a/k/a Snake, age 35, pled guilty to one count of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, one count of distributing cocaine and one count of distributing oxycodone. Chief United States District Judge James P. Jones accepted the guilty pleas and scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Abingdon. More »

Springfield Man Sentenced to 57 Years in 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 »

Couple Indicted For West Virginia Murder

May 20, 2010

A couple from Fulks Run, Virginia has been indicted for the murder of a West Virginia man by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The grand jury returned an indictment today charging Lorie Taylor, 34 and Nakia Keller, 34, both residents of Fulks Run, Virginia, with one count each of being principles, aiders and abettors who traveled in interstate commerce, specifically between Virginia and West Virginia, with the intent to kill, injure, harass and intimidate Dennis Taylor, the former spouse of Lorie Taylor, and that as a result of such travel, committed a crime of violence against Dennis Taylor that resulted in his death. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Maryland Man Sentenced On Murder for Hire Charges

James R. Hackley IV Will Serve 306 Months in Federal Prison

January 7, 2010

A Fort Washington, Maryland man, who tried to trade a motorcycle for the murder of a witness set to testify against him in an upcoming drug trial, was sentenced today on charges of obstructing justice and murder for hire. More »

Henrico County Man Sentenced to Twenty-Five Years for Drug Conspiracy and Gun Related Charges

December 18, 2009

Ronell Jones, 31, of Henrico County, Virginia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson to 300 months’ imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Cocaine Base, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. More »

Richmond Rappers Sentenced

December 15, 2009

Three members of the local Rap group Get Money Green Brothers (GMGB) were sentenced on December 11 and 14 for their role in a large cocaine distribution operation. More »

Hampton Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Armed Robberies

December 7, 2009

Michael O. Watkins, 25, of Hampton, Va., was sentenced today to 21 years in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release, for his participation in two armed robberies in Hampton. More »

Contract Killer Sentenced to Death

December 4, 2009

David Anthony Runyon, 38, of Morgantown, West Virginia was formally sentenced to death today for murdering Cory Allen Voss a Navy sailor and father. On July 17, 2009, a federal jury convicted Runyon of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, carjacking resulting in death and use of a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death. On August 27, 2009 the jury returned a sentence of death. More »

Final Conspirator in Fairfax Gaming Store Armed Robbery Sentenced 120 Months

December 4, 2009

Steven Anthony Turrentine, 24, of Prince William County, Va., was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in an armed robbery of thousands of dollars of Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3s, Nintendo DSs, and other gaming equipment from a Gamestop store in Fairfax, Va. Turrentine was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,735. More »

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder for Hire in Death of Naval Officer

November 17, 2009

Michael Draven, 29, of Newport News, Va. Was sentenced today to three life terms in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, after a jury found him guilty in July of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, carjacking resulting in death and murder with a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. More »

Fourteen Charged with Allegedly Paying $8 Million for Contraband Cigarettes

November 5, 2009

Fourteen individuals were charged today with allegedly paying or trading more than $8 million, nearly 40 firearms, and drugs to purchase 388,000 cartons — totaling more than 77 million contraband cigarettes — to sell in New York. In addition, two conspirators allegedly agreed to pay $15,000 to hire a hitman to kill a man and wife whom the conspirators believed were involved in stealing more than 15,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes. Today’s announcement is a result of a 14-month investigation begun by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. More »

Richmond Man Sentenced for Drug Dealing

October 8, 2009

Paul Oliver Tillage, age 27, of Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced today for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride, marijuana, and methadone; and for maintaining a drug involved premises. Senior United States District Judge Richard L. Williams sentenced Tillage to 262 months’ imprisonment. More »

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