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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 occasions in February. He also possessed 30 grams of MDMA and 60 marijuana plants on Feb. 21, according to the indictment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

United States Attorney Announces Conviction Of Three Indianapolis Men on Heroin, Gun Charges

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INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced today the conviction of three Indianapolis men for their roles in a heroin trafficking organization that operated on the west side of the city. Defendants Brandon Lomax, age 36, Demond Glover, age 35, and Anthony Lomax, age 29, were found guilty on all counts after a nine day jury that included more than 30 witnesses. The twenty criminal counts against them included conspiring to possess heroin as well as the distribution of heroin. The Lomax brothers were also found guilty of federal firearms violations.

More Than Two Dozen Arrested in Crackdown on Evansville-Area Criminal Organization

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EVANSVILLE – United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett, joined by Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann, Sheriff Eric Williams, and Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin, announced this afternoon the early-morning arrest of 22 Evansville-area residents in a city-wide crackdown on drug trafficking and other gang-related activities. This joint federal-local investigation is part of the U.S. Attorney’s ongoing Violent Crime Initiative.

Gary Man Sentenced to 120 Years for Firearm Felony

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Raynell Vaxter, 53, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip P. Simon to 120 months imprisonment with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, in April 2011, Gary Police responded to a disturbance involving an unwanted male in possession of a firearm.  Local law enforcement determined that the man was Vaxter who was threatening and harassing an ex-girlfriend located at the address.

Posey County Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Numerous Firearms

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INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Jackie J. Whittley, Jr., age 32, of Cynthiana, was sentenced to 180 months in prison today by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young after being convicted of illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun, along with numerous other firearms. In sentencing the defendant, Judge Young determined Whittley to be an armed career criminal. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Vanderburgh County and Posey County Sheriffs.

Siblings Sentenced for Armed Robbery of Reynoldsburg Jewelry Store

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COLUMBUS – Darnell J. Harris, 26, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, was sentenced to 171 months in prison and his sister, Mariah Harris, 20, was sentenced to 108 months in prison for committing a takeover style armed robbery of a Reynoldsburg jewelry store in May, 2012. They were also ordered to pay $58,519.31 in restitution to the business, the victims and the business’s insurance company.

Fifty-Seven Month Sentence for Convicted Felon in Possession of Gun

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DAYTON – John Glen Tidwell, 43, of Dayton was sentenced to 57 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

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 (ATF), and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

Hogsett Announces Sentencing of Local Man as Part of Violent Crime Initiative

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INDIANAPOLIS B Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today the sentencing of James I. Bowling, age 41, of Manilla, to 27 months (2 years, 3 months) in federal prison. This follows a September 2013 jury trial, at which Bowling was found guilty of providing false information when purchasing a firearm and of receiving a firearm while under indictment.

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