Dallas Field Division

Flint Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

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TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a Flint man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas. Isaac Dion Smith, also known as “Ike”, 34, of Flint, Texas, was sentenced to 144 months in prison today by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Smith had entered a guilty plea on October 14, 2014, on charges he conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

Van Zandt County Convicted Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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TYLER, Texas - A 44-year-old Wills Point, Texas, man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

 Terry Dewayne Monk pleaded guilty on Sep. 16, 2014, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

Yogurt Entrepreneur Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Intentionally Setting Fire to His Dallas Business

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DALLAS — A Dallas businessman was sentenced today for intentionally setting fire to his business, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Edgar Dalmiro Diaz, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 60 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,508,533 in restitution.  Diaz pleaded guilty in January 2014 to an indictment charging one count of malicious use of explosive materials.  At the conclusion of today’s hearing, Judge Boyle remanded Diaz into federal custody.

Defendants Sentenced in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy Case

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Nine defendants convicted for their respective roles in a large cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated in Lubbock, Odessa, and Borger, Texas, have been sentenced, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

The last defendant to be sentenced in the case, Javier Lopez Lujan, 47, most recently of Odessa, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 120 months in federal prison.

Other defendants were sentenced as follows:

Last Defendant Pleads Guilty in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Seven defendants charged with various offenses stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy have pleaded guilty, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Today, the last defendant charged in the case entered a guilty plea. Flor Angelica Bustillos, 26, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty, before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, to one count of unlawful use of a communication facility. She faces a statutory maximum penalty of four years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Twenty-Five Alleged Aryan Brotherhood Members and Associates Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges in Mississippi and Oklahoma

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WASHINGTON – Fourteen alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi, including four of its most senior leaders, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Mississippi for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. In a separate indictment, 11 alleged members and associates of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood of Oklahoma have been charged by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Oklahoma for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, among other charges.

Eleven Alleged Universal Aryan Brotherhood Members and Associates Charged with Racketeering, and Drug Conspiracy, Kidnapping, and Maiming a Person

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TULSA, Okla. – Eleven alleged gang members and associates of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood (UAB) have been charged for their alleged roles in conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, drug conspiracy, kidnapping, and maiming a person, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Lubbock Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison on Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Adam Rico, 27, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 151 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2014 to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

El Paso Man Sentenced in Malicious Destruction of a Building

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In El Paso yesterday, 22-year-old Kevin Rodriguez was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution for his role in maliciously causing destruction to the Coronado Tower Building announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Special Agent in Charge Robert R. Champion, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Dallas Field Division.

Dallas man sentenced to 324 months in Federal Prison for Committing Armed Robberies of Dallas-Area Businesses

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DALLAS — Darren Lewis, 45, who admitted committing the armed robberies of several businesses in the Dallas area in 2012-2013, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 324 months (27 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Eight in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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LUBBOCK, Texas — A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment late today charging eight defendants with felony offenses stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, 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 500 grams or more of methamphetamine:

Natividad Gumaro Lopez-Guzman, 47, of Arizona

Flor Angelica Bustillos, 27, of Arizona

Three Men Arrested and Charged with Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Over 3,300 pounds of Marijuana

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations have arrested MANUEL BARRON-HERNANDEZ, 40,  a Mexican national, JUAN CARLOS SALINAS, 19, a U.S. citizen whose address is unknown, and ROBERTO OLIVAS-CHAVEZ, 31, a Mexican national, and charged them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 3,300 pounds of marijuana, announced Sanford C.

Final Guilty Plea Entered in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy With Ties to Lubbock and Odessa, Texas

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The last of eight defendants charged with various offenses in a cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated in Mexico and in Lubbock, Borger and Odessa, Texas, pleaded guilty today, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Efren Fabela Lopez, 34, of Odessa, pleaded guilty today, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig, to one count of possession of cocaine and aiding and abetting. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of one year in federal prison and a $1,000 fine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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