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United States Attorney’s Office Announces Sentence in Gun Smuggling Operation

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INDIANAPOLIS– Acting United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, today announced the conviction and sentencing of an Indianapolis man for making false statements in connection with the purchase of firearms and then unlawfully exporting those firearms from the United States to Honduras. Alex Martinez, 41, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 39 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

“Those who choose to make illegal straw purchases of firearms will be held strictly accountable,” said Acting United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Cleveland Man Indicted on Firearms Charge

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A Cleveland man was indicted in federal court today for illegally having a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Malcolm L. Hoyle, 27, faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Hoyle possessed a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on July 8, 2014, despite convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for involuntary manslaughter (2003), felonious assault (2005), two convictions for trafficking (both 2008) and attempted failure to comply (2009), according to the indictment.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Akron Pair Face Fentanyl, Firearms Charges

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A six-count indictment was filed in federal court today charging two people from Akron for their roles in distributing fentanyl, as well as firearms charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Willie Brantley, 28, and Kelsey Zastudil, 21, were both indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of fentanyl, maintaining a drug premises, and prohibited persons being in possession of a firearm.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Thirty-three people indicted For Drug Trafficking and Distribution of Heroin

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A 40-count indictment was filed in U.S. District Court charging 15 people for their roles in a conspiracy that brought heroin from Chicago to be sold around Ravenna and Akron, law enforcement officials announced today.

An additional 18 people were indicted in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas on related state charges including trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, permitting drug abuse and child endangering.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Seven Defendants Charged in Alleged Trafficking of Drugs and Firearms Between Suburban Harvey and Central Ohio

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CHICAGO ― Seven defendants are facing federal charges here for their alleged participation in a drug and firearms trafficking operation between south suburban Harvey and Marion, Ohio, federal law enforcement officials announced today. At least 19 assorted firearms, many of them stolen from gun owners in central Ohio, were seized during the course of the investigation, which was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Niles Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Having Firearms, Ammunition and Body Armor Despite Felony

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A Niles man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms, ammuntion and body armor, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Michael L. Green, Jr., age 34, pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment earlier this year.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Youngstown Man Indicted for Having Firearm Despite Felony Convictions

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A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Marvin T. Howard, age 28, of Youngstown, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 17, 2014, Howard possessed a Glock, model 19, 9mm pistol, after having been convicted of robbery, in the Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama, and of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Racketeering Indictment Charges 17 Tied to Unsolved Homicides, Drug Trafficking, Gun Crimes

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COLUMBUS – A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people in connection with a series of violent crimes including 12 unsolved murders as well as other attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and robbery. The defendants are accused of being an organized criminal enterprise known as the Short North Posse. Eleven defendants could face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes in the indictment.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Antun Lewis Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Setting Cleveland's Deadliest House Fire

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A Cleveland man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for setting the May 2005 fire that killed nine people, said United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.

Antun Lewis, 30, of Cleveland, was convicted by a jury in December on one count of arson in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Hogsett Announces Prosecution Of Three In Methampethamine Tracfficking

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EVANSVILLE – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced the indictments of three men involved in methamphetamine trafficking. Travis Adams, 32, of Mount Vernon, David Connor, 46, of Boonville, and Joseph Isbell, 31, of Dallas, Texas were indicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Adams was also indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Sunny

K-9 Sunny came to ATF from the Puppies Behind Bars program, where inmates raise future service dogs. How ironic that she now works to put defendants behind bars. Sunny is trained to find bombs, guns, ammunition and detect up to 19,000 different explosives odor combinations.

Last Reviewed April 10, 2015

Molly

K-9 Molly came to ATF from a local vendor. She was selected to become an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), because of her high drive to work. After completing the 16-week training at the ATF National Canine Center in Front Royal, Va. K-9 Molly was trained to alert on up to 19,000 explosives odor combinations to include firearms and ammunition.

K-9 Molly loves to work, and recently found a handgun hidden in the trunk of a car driven by a convicted murderer.

Molly is a high-drive, alpha female that loves to work, play ball and retrieve.

Last Reviewed April 10, 2015

Former Sheriff's Deputy Indicted For Illegal Possession Of A Machine Gun

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DAYTON, OHIO – A federal grand jury has indicted Eric A. Spicer, 44, of Beavercreek, Ohio, charging him with using fraudulent and forged documents to obtain a machine gun illegally. Spicer formerly held the rank of major with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Columbus Field Division (ATF), announced the indictment returned today.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Columbiana Man Faces Federal Firearms Charges

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A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Brent See, age 37, of Columbiana, Ohio, with possession of unregistered firearms and being in the business of manufacturing firearms, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that on or about July, 2013 through January, 2014, See was engaged in the business of manufacturing and dealing in silencer firearms, without a license.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Elyria man faces Narcotics and firearms charges

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A seven-count indictment was filed charging an Elyria man with federal narcotics and firearms violations, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Jerry L. Wells, Jr., 33, faces four counts of distribution of heroin, one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and MDMA, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Wells distributed heroin on four occassions in February. He also possessed 30 grams of MDMA and 60 marijuana plants on Feb. 21, according to the indictment.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Hogsett Announces Maximum Sentence Imposed on Illegal Firearm Manufacturing Operation

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INDIANAPOLIS- Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today the sentencing of a Hendricks County man on federal firearms charges. Jackie Richardson, 49, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of unlawfully possessing a machinegun.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Hogsett Announces Another Conviction At Trial Of Felon In Possession

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INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today the conviction of a New Jersey man on federal firearms charges. Dennis N. Van Houten, 28, Point Jervis, NJ, was convicted at a bench trial in front of U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for illegal possession of ammunition.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Three Youngstown-Area Men Face Federal Firearms Charges

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Three men from the Mahoning Valley were each indicted on one count of being felons illegally in possession of firearms and ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The cases are not related.

Darryl L. Lee, 25, of Youngstown, Ohio, was in possession of a Kel-Tec, model PF-9, 9mm pistol, and ammunition, on or about January 30, 2014, despite Lee having been previously convicted of aggravated assault, in the Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, according to the indictment.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Two Men Indicted For Dealing Methamphetamine And Marijuana In Ravenna; Federal Firearms Charges Also Filed

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A seven-count indictment was filed charging Dustin Shepherd, aka “Rev,” age 31, of Ravenna, Ohio, and Christopher Ferry, aka “Skinny,” age 21, of Newton Falls, Ohio, with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, and firearms violations, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Hogsett Announces Eight Evansville Men Charged With Federal Firearms Violations

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EVANSVILLE- Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney and Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Arron Graves announced today that eight Evansville men have been charged with federal firearms violations by a federal grand jury. The indictment was sealed until today when all were arrested and formally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges are the result of an investigation primarily conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Trotwood Man Sentenced for Gun, Drug Crimes

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DAYTON, OHIO – Lamont Scott, 40, of Trotwood, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to eight years in prison after police found Scott, a convicted felon, in possession of eight firearms and drugs in two Dayton-area homes.

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 Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer announced the sentence imposed yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Indiana Man Charged With Illiegal Possession Of Destructive Devices

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COLUMBUS – A criminal complaint charging Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana with possession of unregistered destructive devices has been filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus. The complaint alleges that Boguslawski illegally possessed 13 destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Columbus Man Who Burglarized Hebron Gun Store Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison

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COLUMBUS – Charles H. Morrison III, 26, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 151 months in prison for burglarizing a gun store in Hebron and stealing 18 guns on March 20, 2013.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge for the Columbus Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Hebron Police Chief D. James Dean announced the sentence handed down yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge George C. Smith.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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