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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2012

www.atf.gov

Contact: Special Agent Mike Campbell

202-648-8021 (Office)

202-327-4195 (Cell)

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Mid-Year Significant Investigations

WASHINGTON – James D. Newman, acting 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 the first half of fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011–March 31, 2012). The Washington Field Division covers Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia, and seven counties in the panhandle of West Virginia.

Newman said, The men and women of ATF are at the forefront of the fight against violent crime, and they remain focused on taking the worst of the worst criminals off our streets so that our citizens and their children can feel safe in their neighborhoods and schools. These investigations highlight the outstanding efforts of ATF agents and our law enforcement partners in getting violent criminals off our streets.

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

Hampton Man Indicted on Drug Conspiracy Charge

Oct. 26, 2011

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Eldred L. Acklin, 34, of Hampton, Va., was arrested yesterday after being indicted by a federal grand jury on drug conspiracy charges, as well as sixteen separate counts of distribution of cocaine base. More >>

Members of Cigarette Trafficking Conspiracy Indicted

Nov. 3, 2011

HARRISONBURG, Va. – A Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg has indicted dozens of individuals for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes, money laundering and a variety of related charges. More »


District Man Pleads Guilty to Series of Arsons in Densely Populated City Neighborhoods

Nov. 4, 2011

WASHINGTON — Maurice Dews, 27, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty today to five counts of arson and other charges for starting a series of fires in the District of Columbia over a period of 3 ½ years that ended with his arrest last summer. More »


Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Victim at Gunpoint After iPhone Sale Ad

Nov. 16, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Deshawn Derr, 25, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty today to robbing a victim at gunpoint of $2,500 in cash, after the man arrived at a pre–arranged location responding to an advertisement placed on Craigslist.org purporting to sell Apple iPhones. More »

Maryland Man Indicted for Role in 2010 Murder in Centreville

Nov. 18, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Reynard Lazaro Prather, 22, of Oxon Hill, Md., was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for his alleged role in the attempted armed robbery and murder of a man at a residence in the Centreville area of Fairfax County, Va. More>>


Petersburg Man Sentenced To 50 Years in Prison after Being Found Guilty Of Six Felony Charges

Nov. 23, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. – Cory D. Harris, 27, of Petersburg, Va., was sentenced today by a federal judge on gun and drug charges. United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Harris to 20 years' imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute "crack" cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute "crack" cocaine, those sentences to run concurrent to each other. In addition, the Court sentenced Harris to five years' imprisonment for one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and 25 years for a second such count. Those sentences were ordered to run consecutive to all other sentences. Finally, the Court sentenced Harris to 10 years' imprisonment on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, those sentences to run concurrent to all other sentences. The total sentence for Harris was 50 years' imprisonment. More>>


Eleven Men Arrested for Cocaine, Firearms Trafficking in Manassas, Fairfax County, Va.

Dec. 1, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eleven men were arrested yesterday as part of an ongoing, three-year investigation of interconnected cocaine and firearm distributors largely operating out of Manassas and Fairfax County, Va. To date, more than 60 individuals have been charged since the operation’s inception in 2009. More »


Portsmouth Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery of Convenience Stores

Dec. 6, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Christopher Lakeith Williams, 20, of Portsmouth, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. More>>


Five Scott County Residents Pleaded Guilty to Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Dec. 19, 2011

ABINGDON, Va. — United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy today announced that five defendants charged with a variety of crimes related to a drug distribution conspiracy have pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. The charges resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Scott County, Va., Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service. More>>


Pair of Scott County Residents Sentenced on Drug Distribution Conspiracy Charges

Jan. 6, 2012.

ABINGDON, Va. – The first two Scott County residents charged with being part of a drug distribution conspiracy that operated in Southwest Virginia were sentenced this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. More>>


Man Convicted of Murder Charges in Fiery Assault That Led to Death of Manager of Good Guys Club

Jan. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – Vasile Graure, 41, was convicted by a jury today of felony murder while armed with aggravating circumstances in connection with an arson at a Northwest Washington club that led to a man’s death. More »


Richmond Man Sentenced to More Than 39 Years for His Role in 11 Commercial Robberies in the Richmond Area

Feb. 22, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. – Antonio E. Smith, 21, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 471 months in prison for his role in 11 commercial robberies in the Richmond area. Targeting gas stations, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and groceries, Smith and his accomplice's crime spree netted over $5,000 in proceeds from these robberies. More>>


Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Drugs and Machine Gun

Feb. 23, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. — Christian J. Devine, 58, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to possession of a machine gun and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Devine faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 24, 2012. More>>


Final Defendant Pleads Guilty for Contraband Cigarette Trafficking

March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON — Maurice Dews, 27, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 25 years in prison on arson and other charges stemming from a series of fires in the District of Columbia over a period of 3 ½ years that ended with his arrest last summer. More »


T-Shirt Bandit Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison

March 9, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. – Ryan O. Jones, age 29, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by a term of five years of supervised release, for attempted robbery affecting commerce and discharging a firearm during and in relation to this crime of violence. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $17,216 to his victims. More>>


District Man Sentenced to 25-Year Prison Term for Series of Arsons in Densely Populated City Neighborhoods

March 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – Maurice Dews, 27, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 25 years in prison on arson and other charges stemming from a series of fires in the District of Columbia over a period of 3 ½ years that ended with his arrest last summer. More »


Three Men Plead Guilty to 2005 Robbery and Murder of Richmond Convenience Store Clerk and other Robberies

March 13, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. – Three men pleaded guilty to their roles in a series of armed robberies in Virginia and North Carolina, including a 2005 robbery that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Richmond convenience store clerk. More >>


Alleged Members of Jewelry Theft Ring Arrested

March 21, 2012

WASHINGTON – Seven alleged members of a jewelry theft ring were arrested yesterday on charges related to their alleged roles in a highly sophisticated and violent organization that has stolen more than $4.6 million worth of jewelry from traveling jewelry sales representatives throughout Virginia and at least six other states. Charges against the individuals were unsealed today after the defendants made initial court appearances in Newport News, Va. More »


Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison on Murder Charges In Fiery Assault That Led to Death of Manager of Good Guys Club

March 23, 2012

WASHINGTON – Vasile Graure, 41, was sentenced today to a prison term of 35 years on a charge of felony murder while armed with aggravating circumstances in connection with an arson at a Northwest Washington club that led to a man's death. More »

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