Columbus Field Division

Convicted Killer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Having Gun and Body Armor

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A Boardman man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and body armor, law enforcement officials said.

Akira O. Jackson, 33, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts in federal court -- being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a ballistic vest. He was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.

Last Reviewed September 3, 2015

Leader of Group That Planned to Rob Cocaine Stash House Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

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The leader of a group of men who distributed heroin and cocaine and planned to use firearms to rob what they believed to be a drug stash house was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.

Kali Alexander, 24, of Willoughby Hills, was sentenced to 211 months in federal prison. Rasheam Nichols, 24, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A jury convicted Alexander, Nichols, Justin Maxwell, 26, Terrance Chappell, 22, and Kenneth Flowers, 21, all of Cleveland, on all 11 counts earlier this summer.

Last Reviewed September 3, 2015

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Dayton Area Firearms Thefts

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DAYTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Vandalia Range and Armory, Palmer Firearms, and The Miami Armory. All three businesses are federal firearms licensees located in the Dayton, Ohio area.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Last Reviewed August 11, 2015

Eight Sentenced in Southern Indiana Methamphetamine Trafficking Case

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EVANSVILLE – Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, announced today the sentencing in United States District Court of the last defendant in a federal methamphetamine trafficking investigation. William H. Elder, 74, Evansville, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for his role in the drug conspiracy. Seven other co-defendants, including William Elder’s son, Mathew Elder, were also recently sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young.

Last Reviewed July 24, 2015

Hudson Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Firearms Conviction

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A Hudson woman was sentenced to two years in prison for making false statements related to the purchase of three firearms, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Marcia M. Masters, 47, was convicted earlier this year following a trial before U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson.

Last Reviewed June 22, 2015

Five Men from NE Ohio Convicted for Their Roles in a Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine and Use Firearms

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Five men from Northeast Ohio were convicted of multiple crimes for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and use firearms to rob what they believed to be a drug stash house. 

A jury convicted Kali Alexander, 24, of Willoughby Hills, Rasheam Nichols, 24, Justin Maxwell, 26, Terrance Chappell, 22, and Kenneth Flowers, 21, all of Cleveland, on all 11 counts. They are scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Last Reviewed June 2, 2015

ATF NRT Arrives to Investigate Warehouse Fire

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CLEVELAND — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) joined the investigation into the fire at the Truly Blessed trucking company. The fire started just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

The team, led by NRT Supervisor Steven Cordle, arrived and received a team briefing yesterday, and began the on-scene investigation today.

The NRT, along with ATF special agents from the Columbus Field Division responded with Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Cleveland Fire Department, and the Cleveland Division of Police.

Last Reviewed May 27, 2015

Akron Men Sentenced to Prison for Having Firearms and Bringing Heroin from Chicago to Akron

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Two Akron men were sentenced to prison for their roles in a conspiracy that brought heroin from Chicago to be sold around Ravenna and Akron, law enforcement officials said.

Rashid Carter, 30 was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Laverne Fortson, 40, was sentenced to nine years in prison.

"These two used guns to protect their pipeline of heroin, and used drug houses to spread that heroin throughout Akron," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Last Reviewed May 22, 2015

Cleveland Man Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Prison for Firearms Trafficking

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A Cleveland man was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for firearms trafficking, said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach and Donald Soranno, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division.

Moises Perez, 45, previously pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. U.S. District Judge Patrician A. Gaughan determined Perez should be classified as an armed career criminal and sentenced him to 210 months in federal prison.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Cleveland Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Firearms Conviction

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A Cleveland man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today for illegally having a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams and ATF Special Agent in Charge Donald Soranno. Malcolm L. Hoyle, 28, pleaded guilty last year to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Youngstown Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 years in Prison for Firearms Conviction

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A Youngstown man with a long history of violence was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and ATF Special Agent in Charge Donald Soranno.

Crispulo Rodriguez, 42, was sentenced to 236 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko. Rodriguez was found guilty of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition following a trial last year.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Three Indianapolis Men Face Federal Charges in North Vernon Robbery and Murder Case

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INDIANAPOLIS--United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today three Indianapolis men have been charged federally for their role in the robbery and murder of Scott D. Maxie, a federally licensed gun store owner in North Vernon, IN.

  • Darryl Anthony Worthen, 25, Indianapolis
  • Dejuan Andre Worthen, 23, Indianapolis
  • Darion Dashon Harris, 20, Indianapolis

All were charged with discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and theft of firearms.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Cincinnati Man Sentenced for Dealing Firearms without a License

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CINCINNATI – Vernon Warner II, 29, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 54 months in prison for dealing in firearms without a license.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Cincinnati Man Sentenced for Possessing Firearm as a Felon

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CINCINNATI – Kenneth Johnson, 32, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Sharonville Police Chief Aaron Blasky and Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

U.S. Attorney's Office filed 167 firearms indictments last year

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed 167 firearms indictments last year, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced.

“Our office and our law enforcement partners will continue to work collaboratively to target the worst of the worst,” said Steven M. Dettelbach. “These include people who carry firearms, ammunition and sometimes body armor despite prior felony convictions, or those who help prohibited people to obtain firearms.”

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Donald J. Soranno Named Special Agent In Charge of the Columbus Field Division

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donald J. Soranno has been named the new special agent in charge (SAC) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division, which encompasses the entire state of Ohio and the southern half of Indiana.

Soranno began his career with ATF in 1990 as a special agent in Detroit and most recently served as the deputy director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), located in Quantico.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Indianapolis Firearms Theft

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Wide Open Arms, Inc., a federal firearms licensee in Indianapolis, Ind.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fremont Man Faces Firearms Charge

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An information was filed against Timothy J. Miller, age 30, of Fremont, Ohio, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The information charges Miller with possession of two silencers and an AR-15 firearm that were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Sixty people indicted, 110 firearms seized as part of Summer enforcement action in Greater Cleveland

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Sixty people were indicted and 110 firearms were seized as part of a months-long enhanced enforcement initiative targeting the criminal possession, use and sale of firearms in Greater Cleveland, law enforcement officials announced.

The indictments were announced by ATF Director B. Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, ATF Special Agent in Charge Michael Boxler, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Indiana Federal Firearms Licensee Murder

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Scott Maxie and the theft of firearms from Muscatatuck Outdoors, a federal firearms licensee in North Vernon, Ind.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Indianapolis Firearms Theft

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Profire Arms and Supply, a federal firearms licensee in Indianapolis, Ind.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of $10,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Convicted Felon Sentenced for Owning Firearm

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CINCINNATI – Santonio Watkins, 28, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Columbus Field Division (ATF) and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

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