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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Kansas

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For Immediate Release

December 14, 2011

Barry Grissom, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Cross, Public Affairs
(316) 269-6481
james.cross2@usdoj.gov

Indictment: Manhattan Man Solicited Undercover Officer To Commit Robbery

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Manhattan man has been indicted on a charge of soliciting an undercover law enforcement officer to rob a Manhattan business, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Colin Michael Johansen, 21, Manhattan, Kan., is charged with one count of solicitation to commit robbery. The indictment alleges Johansen tried to persuade an undercover officer identified as B.J. to rob the American Cash Exchange at 501 Ft. Riley Boulevard in Manhattan. The crime is alleged to have occurred from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2011, in Riley County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

A grand jury meeting in Topeka, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Aleksander Vulaj, 31, Chandler, Ariz., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 8, 2011, in Wichita, Kan.

Vulaj initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Dec. 9, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged Wichita Police were called to a report of a suspicious package at Comfort Suites, 7515 W. Taft in Wichita. Vulaj received the package, which was found to contain approximately three pounds of methamphetamine.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison on the possession charge and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the interstate travel charge. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Howard Wayne Taylor, Jr., 32, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Landon Middle School at 731 S.W. Fairlawn in Topeka and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 12, 2011, in Topeka.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than one year and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million on the crack cocaine charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Leodegario Batalla–Landa, 38, West Valley, Utah, is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Dec. 2, 2011, in Grove County, Kan.

He initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Dec. 8, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged he was stopped by the Kansas Highway Patrol on Dec. 2, 2011, while driving eastbound on I–70 near mile post 107 in Gove County. Investigators found approximately 3.8 pounds of methamphetamine in his car.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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