Columbus Field Division

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indiana Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Destructive Devices

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COLUMBUS –Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 24 months in prison for illegally possessing 13 unregistered destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio. Boguslawski was also ordered to remain under court supervision for three years following his time in prison.

Warren man sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for firearms and narcotics violations

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A Warren man was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for illegally selling firearms, heroin and cocaine, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Lewis Powell, 37, was sentenced to 155 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent. Powell pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and one count of being an unlicensed dealer willfully engaged in the business of dealing firearms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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