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Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A Wichita Falls, Texas, man, Stuart Ray Mitchell, 40, who pleaded guilty in January 2014 to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 151 months in federal prison.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Titan

K-9 Titan is one of four new graduates from ATF’s Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K) program and is a trained Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). He came to ATF from a local vendor at 22 months old. K-9 Titan is a very large Labrador, so his name suits him well. He has the ability to be sent off-leash to specific targets such as vehicles or luggage, up to 150 meters. Once at the target, he can be directed using hand and whistle signals to search for explosives and/or firearms. If K-9 Titan detects explosives and/or firearms he will alert his handler by sitting.

Last Reviewed April 10, 2015

Sable

K-9 Sable started his training with the Puppy Behind Bars organization. K-9 Sable recently completed his 16-week training program with ATF to join the ranks of the Explosives Detection Canines (EDC). K-9 Sable had a big job to fill when he stepped into the very large paws of Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Randall Dockens’ first ATF K-9 Charlie, who is now retired.

In K-9 Sable’s short time operational, he has supported the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Defense, and others with explosives sweeps.

Last Reviewed April 10, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Amarillo Man on Drug and Firearms Charges

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AMARILLO, Texas — An Amarillo, Texas, man remains in federal custody following his arrest on an indictment charging several felony drug and firearms offenses.  Michael Chad Kennedy, 30, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clinton E. Averitte on those charges yesterday and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing and arraignment set for tomorrow.  U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Sweetwater Man for Role in Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

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Abilene, Texas — Following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, in federal court in Abilene, Texas, a jury has convicted Ernest Martenez Melendez, 63, of Sweetwater, Texas, on an indictment charging one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

East Texas Men Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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TYLER, Texas – Two East Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Chadwick Marvin Thompson, 36, of McKinney, pleaded guilty on Nov. 21, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  As part of his plea, Thompson has agreed to the forfeiture of $8,700 cash along with six firearms and ammunition.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Final Defendant Sentenced in “Operation Cowtown Tobacco”

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DALLAS — A multi-year investigation into the trafficking of untaxed cigarettes, including purchasing cigarettes and selling them with counterfeit tax stamps to avoid paying state cigarette taxes, in violation of the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, has led to the conviction of 11 Texas residents, most of whom are from North Texas.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Geronimo Man to Serve 210 Months in Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – FLORENTINO VILLANUEVA, JR., 38, of Geronimo, Oklahoma, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Joe Heaton to serve 210 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Illegal Alien Carrying Numerous Assault-Style Rifles in His Vehicle’s Trunk

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DALLAS — Jesus Gonzales, 25, who pleaded guilty in May 2013 to a one-count indictment charging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 40 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A Wichita Falls, Texas, man, David Calandreli, 27, who pleaded guilty in November 2013 to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Jury Convicts Dallas County Man on Drug and Firearm Offenses

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DALLAS — Following a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, a federal jury has convicted Victor Chapa, 32, of Irving, Texas, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney R. Saldana.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Two Receive Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences for Roles in Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Members of a three-person methamphetamine trafficking ring that operated in Lubbock, Texas, were sentenced this morning in federal court by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings.  Two of the defendants, Michael Armenta, 19, and Fernando Valenzuela-Ceballos, 26, received lengthy federal prison sentences of 210 months and 262 months, respectively.  Armenta’s wife, Kutleza Aurora Rodriguez, 19, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.  Armenta and Valenzuela-Ceballos will also be deported after they have served their federal sentence.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Defendants Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Terms for Roles in Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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DALLAS — Two defendants, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to their respective roles in a major methamphetamine distribution conspiracy operating in Wichita Falls, Texas, have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Yesterday, in federal court in Dallas, U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Steve Ysasaga, 41, of Arlington, Texas, to 240 months in federal prison. Earlier this week, Judge O’Connor sentenced Roberto Macias, 34, of El Paso, Texas, to 180 months in federal custody.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Serve a Total of 120 Months in Federal Prison

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DALLAS — A convicted felon from Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor on firearm and drug convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Juan Derrick Martinez, 32, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on each count of conviction, to run concurrently. He pleaded guilty in July 2013 to an indictment charging one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Collin County Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violations

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TYLER, Texas – A 52-year-old Farmersville, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Charles Alan Curington pleaded guilty on Oct. 3, 2013, to attempting to sell a machinegun and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Feb. 18, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Seven in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

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LUBBOCK, Texas — A federal grand jury returned a four count indictment late yesterday charging seven defendants for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Each of the following defendants is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine:

Manuel Carrillo Ortiz, 38

Martin Cardona Gutierrez, 46

Refugio Navarrete Gutierrez, 34

Efren Fabela Lopez, 34

Gisselle Lujan, 26

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Firearm Charges

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DALLAS — Jose Inez Zapata, 33, of Dallas, was sentenced this morning, by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2013 to two federal felony firearm charges, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Zapata pleaded guilty to one count of using and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Major Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Three defendants, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to their respective roles in a major methamphetamine distribution conspiracy operating in Wichita Falls, Texas, were sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Catoosa Man Sentenced to 9 Months in Federal Prison

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA— A Catoosa man was sentenced in Federal court today for a crime involving a plot to burn down his rental house for profit, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Christopher David Wiegers, 39, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell to serve 9 months in federal prison, to be followed by 9 months of home detention, 3 years of supervised release, a $5,000 fine, and $100 Special Monetary Assessment. 

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Woman Who Absconded After Arrest on a Federal Felony Drug Charge is Sentenced to 136 Months in Federal Prison

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas —Janis Hernandez, 31, of Electra and Killeen, Texas, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, to 136 months in federal prison following her guilty plea in June 2013 to an indictment charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

All seven defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty and all but one has been sentenced:

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Anderson County Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violations

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TYLER, Texas – A 29-year-old Palestine, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Clifford Murray pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2013, to possession with intent to distribute approximately 11.6 grams of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  Murray was also ordered to pay a $20,000 judgment and submit to forfeiture of seized firearms and cash.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

North Texas Man Sentenced for Attempting to Sell a Machinegun and Silencer

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TYLER, Texas – A 22 year old Quinlin, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to sell a machinegun and silencer announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Colten David Barrow pleaded guilty on September 11, 2013, to attempting to sell a machine gun and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

Louisiana Man Sentenced for East Texas Drug Trafficking Violations

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TYLER, Texas – A 22-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Brandon Johnson pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2013, to possession with intent to distribute approximately 4.5 kilograms of marijuana and was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

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