Dallas Field Division

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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