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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.

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

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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