Dallas Field Division

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

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.

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. 

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:

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.

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.

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.

Collin County Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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TYLER, Texas – A 42-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.

Craig Marcus Cooper pleaded guilty on Sep. 11, 2013, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

Collin County Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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TYLER, Texas – A 42-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.

Craig Marcus Cooper pleaded guilty on Sep. 11, 2013, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

West Texas Man Sentenced To Federal Prison

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Midland resident and land surveyor Steven Leonard Prewit, age 54, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for possessing eight unregistered silencers in violation of National Firearms Registration requirements, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Dallas Field Office Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

Multiagency Law Enforcement Search Warrant Seized 4.4 Kilograms of Heroin and $127,000

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA— On December 17, 2013, six people were arrested after search warrants were served by federal, state, and local law enforcement in a concerted effort to reduce the distribution of heroin in Tulsa County. Five of the six arrested were found to be unlawfully in the United States. The multiagency law enforcement effort seized approximately 4.4 kilograms of heroin, $127,971 in cash, three vehicles, and 27 mobile phones. This amount of heroin has an approximate value of $700,000 on the street.

Wichita Falls Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Large Scale Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas —Louis Griego, Jr., aka “Big Lou,” 44, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced on Monday, by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, to 168 months (14 years) in federal prison following his guilty plea in July 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.

Federal and State Authorities Make Arrests in El Paso Crack Cocaine Distribution Investigation

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Federal and state authorities have arrested seven individuals, all of whom are believed to be associated with the Folk Nation gang operating in El Paso, charged in connection with a crack cocaine distribution conspiracy announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent In Charge Joseph A. Arabit, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen and El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza.

Previously Convicted Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Serve a Total of 258 Months in Federal Prison on Firearms Convictions

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DALLAS — Erik Willis, 31 of Purdon, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to serve a total of 258 months in federal prison following his conviction at trial in July 2013 on three felony firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

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