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Federal Indictments Result in Charges Against 16 in Gregg County

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TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 16 individuals have been charged in a federal firearms and drug trafficking conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the three indictments, which were returned by a federal grand jury on Mar. 16, 2016, the 16 defendants are alleged to be involved in a conspiracy by either members or associates of the Aryan Brotherhood and criminal street gangs to violate federal firearms and narcotics laws in the Gregg County, Texas area.  Those named in the indictments from Longview include:

Haley Still, 29;

14 Convicted in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Following a one-day trial yesterday before U.S. District Judge John McBryde, a federal jury convicted Cleto Tarin, 52, most recently of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Hector Saldivar, 33, of Wichita Falls, Texas, each on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Armed Robbers Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences on Hobbs Act and Firearms Convictions

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DALLAS — Two Fort Worth, Texas, men who were convicted at trial last year on an array of federal charges stemming from their armed robberies of several Murphy Oil gas/convenience stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in June 2014, were sentenced today, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Fourteen Indicted in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Thirteen individuals, most from the Wichita Falls, Texas, area, charged in a federal indictment with offenses stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, remain in federal custody after making their initial appearances in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, and pleading not guilty to the charges. One defendant charged in the indictment remains in state custody. A trial date of April 11, 2016, has been set. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Ten Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Ten defendants who pleaded guilty in October 2015 to their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in Wichita Falls, Texas, from approximately March 2014 to August 2015, were sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

            Nine residents of Wichita Falls received the following federal prison sentences:

Kaufman County Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Firearms Convictions

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DALLAS — A multi-convicted felon, Tracy Norman Hanson, 51, of Kaufman County, who was arrested after his involvement in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Van Zandt County, Texas, in January 2015, and who pleaded guilty in August 2015 to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to serve the statutory maximum sentence of 240 months in federal prison. U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today.

El Paso Federal Grand Jury Charges Two in Connection with Ammunition Smuggling Scheme

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This afternoon, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging two El Paso residents for scheming to smuggle thousands of rounds of ammunition into the Republic of Mexico announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge William A. Temple, Dallas Field Division.

Dallas Man Sentenced to 216 Months in Federal Prison on Firearms and Drug Distribution Convictions

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DALLAS — Kerry Lynn Lewis, Jr., 26, of Dallas, who pleaded guilty last year to firearm and drug offenses, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 216 in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Lewis pleaded guilty in September 2015 to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Three Indicted in East Texas/West LA Federal Kidnapping Conspiracy

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TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of three individuals charged in a kidnapping conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

Cory Carnell Mitchell, 27, of Tenaha, Texas; Gary Eugene Cutright, 21, of Zwolle, LA; and Quannell Newton, 35, of Many, LA, were named in the three count indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury late Jan. 20, 2016.

ATF, Plano Police Department and Firearms Industry Announce Reward Offer in Plano, Texas Firearms Theft

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PLANO – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Plano Police Department 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 Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) Mister Guns, a retail firearms dealer located in Plano, Texas.

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

Dallas County Men Receive Long Federal Prison Sentences for Committing Armed Robbery of Subway Restaurant in Richardson, Texas, Last Year

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DALLAS — Two men who admitted committing the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Richardson, Texas, last year, have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Convicted Felons Face Life in Federal Prison after Federal Jury Convicts Them on Hobbs Act and Firearms Offenses

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DALLAS – Two men from Duncanville and Mesquite, both convicted felons, were convicted yesterday by a federal jury on an array of federal charges stemming from their armed robberies of several fast-food restaurants in the Dallas area in early 2014, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Dallas Roommates Sentenced in Federal Firearms Offense Case

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DALLAS — A convicted felon, who admitted conspiring with his roommates to have a federal jury acquit him at trial, was sentenced today, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Chaddrick Darrion Ashley, 25, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 180 months in federal prison.  He pleaded guilty in March 2015 to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Universal Aryan Brotherhood Member and Associates Plead Guilty to Racketeering Charges

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WASHINGTON – One member of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB) prison gang pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced Assistant Attorney General ­­­­­­­Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Two Dallas Roommates Each Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Obstruct Justice and Lying to Exonerate another Roommate Facing a Federal Firearm Offense

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DALLAS — Two women who pleaded guilty in November 2014 to federal felony offenses stemming from their conspiracy to obstruct justice to exonerate a fellow roommate, have been sentenced, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Daisy Emerson, 24, and Ofelia Nunez, 19, were each sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 21 months in federal prison.  Each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and one count of making a false declaration before a court.

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