Detroit Field Division

Six Vice Lords Plead Guilty to Rico Conspiracy and Gang-Related Shootings

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DETROIT – Six members of the Vice Lords street gang pleaded guilty this week to racketeering and firearms offenses for their roles in the shootings of four members of a family. The guilty pleas are the result of the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and the community to reduce homicide and other violent crime under the Detroit One program.

Detroit Resident Indicted for Planting Manufactured Explosive Devices In Yard To Protect Marijuana Grow Operation

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A Detroit man was indicted on December 15, 2015, on charges of manufacturing and possessing destructive devices, which he strategically placed in his yard to protect his marijuana plants, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

Joining McQuade in the announcement was Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kalamazoo Security Company Owner Sentenced to 27 Years for Child Pornography and Illegal Firearms

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Former security company owner Michael Downey, 45, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was sentenced today to 27 years in federal prison for child pornography and illegal firearm charges, announced U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. Downey received 18 years for the child pornography count and 9 years for the firearm count, which will be served consecutively. Downey pled guilty in March 2015 to attempting to receive child pornography over the internet through live streaming videos and illegally possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

Eight Members of Violent Detroit Street Gang Charged With RICO and Firearms Offenses

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WASHINGTON – Eight members of Band Crew, a northwest Detroit street gang, were charged in an indictment unsealed today with various offenses based on their roles in gang-related attempted murders, robberies and shootings. The charges are the result of the Detroit One initiative, a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community to reduce violent crime in Detroit.

Detroit Gang Leader Sentenced to 35 Years for Violent Racketeering-Related Crimes

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WASHINGTON – The National President of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club and “Three-Star General” of the Vice Lords street gang in Michigan was sentenced today to serve 35 years in prison for violent racketeering-related crimes.  To date, 12 other defendants have been convicted of federal offenses related to their roles in this violent conspiracy. 

Felon Sentenced To 70 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms He Stole From a Gun Store

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Xavier Velvie McCarty, 22, of Muskegon, Michigan, was sentenced to seventy (70) months in federal prison for possessing firearms as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney imposed a three-year term of supervised release that will commence once McCarty is released from imprisonment.

Seven Vice Lords Charged in Gang-Related Shooting

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WASHINGTON – Seven members of the Vice Lords were charged in an indictment unsealed today with various offenses based on their roles in a gang-related shooting.  The charges are the result of the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and the community to reduce homicide and other violent crime under the Detroit One program, which has led to the arrests and convictions of Vice Lords leaders during this past year. 

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Grant Firearms Theft

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DETROIT — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today announce a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Moe’s Hardware, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

Members of Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club Convicted of Violent Racketeering-Related Crimes

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WASHINGTON – Today, a federal jury in Detroit convicted two members of the violent Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, one of whom also was a member of the Vice Lords street gang, on separate crimes of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and a firearms offense.

ATF, The Detroit Tigers Team Up For Kid's Sake

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DETROIT – Special Agent in Charge S. Robin Shoemaker of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Detroit Field Division announced that today’s baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins highlights a 21-year partnership between ATF, the Detroit Tigers Organization and the Gang Resistance Education and Training “G.R.E.A.T.” anti-gang program.

Six Leaders and Members of Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club and Vice Lords Street Gang Convicted of Violent Racketeering-Related Crimes

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WASHINGTON – Today, a federal jury in Detroit convicted six leaders and members of the violent Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, many of whom were also leaders and members of the Vice Lords street gang, of conspiracy to commit murder and other violent racketeering-related offenses.

Bonny

ATF K-9 Bonny is a graduate of ATF's Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) program and is trained as an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). Bonny specializes in finding explosives, firearms/ammunition and shell casings once they have been fired from a firearm. In addition, Bonny has the capability to be sent off-leash to specific targets such as vehicles, luggage, boxes, trash cans and back-packs, up to 100 yards away. Once Bonny is at the target, she can be directed to search for explosives and/or firearms using whistle commands and hand signals.

Final Two Defendants Plead Guilty to Theft from Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Matthew Cameron Day Bolden, 24, and William Henry Watson, 22, both of Battle Creek, Michigan, pled guilty on January 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer as detailed in an indictment returned on October 16, 2014, U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today. James Maurice Lucas, 19, also of Battle Creek, previously pled guilty to the theft on November 14, 2014.

Final Two Holland Latin King Gang Members Sentenced to Over 20 Years for Racketeering and Drug Dealing

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell imposed sentences of over 20 years for the final two defendants in the multi-year joint federal and state investigation and prosecution of 31 Holland Latin Kings (HLK) gang members. Judge Bell sentenced David Casillas to 30 years in federal prison, with 12 years credit for time served on earlier Latin King related offenses; he sentenced Antonio Rios to 25 years in prison, with five years credit for time already served.

Battle Creek Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Possessing Multiple Guns and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of Selling Heroin

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that Vincent Isaac-Peter Jones, age 28, of Battle Creek, was sentenced to 152 months – well over 12 years -- in prison after pleading guilty to possessing two firearms as a convicted felon and possessing a third firearm in furtherance of heroin trafficking. One of the firearms had been reported stolen; another had an obliterated serial number. Jones had multiple prior felonies, including for possession of narcotics and a weapon.

Jax

K-9 Jax was originally bred as a Guide dog by the Guiding Eyes for The Blind organization, but was selected by ATF to become an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC). He completed a 16-week program April 2013 at the ATF National Canine Center in Front Royal, Va. K-9 Jax is trained to alert on up to 19,000 explosives odor combinations to include, firearms and ammunition. Jax is extremely motivated when it comes to working.

Sentences Imposed in Federal Drug Trafficking and Murder Case

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Four Lansing men were sentenced this week in U.S. District Court, announced U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. The men - Charles Kunta Lewis, age 36, Wallee Abdullazeem Al-Din, age 24, his brother, Mustafa Al-Din, age 25, and Ralphael Crenshaw, age 24 - were tried by a jury before U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker during August, 2013. After a two-week trial, they were convicted of conspiring to commit drug trafficking crimes and robbery, and using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime resulting in murder.

Two Grand Haven Men Sentenced For Stealing Firearms From Gun Stores In Ottawa And Muskegon Counties

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CITY GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson, Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald J. Frantz, and ATF Special Agent in Charge, Steven Bogdalek joined U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles in announcing that Joseph Jerry Sweet, age 33, and Ronald Patrick Cook, age 28, both from the Grand Haven area, were sentenced for their roles in stealing firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees. Cook received a sentence of 156 months, and Sweet received a sentence of 188 months.

Two Grand Haven Men Sentenced for Stealing Firearms from Gun Stores in Ottawa and Muskegon Counties

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CITY GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson, Ottawa County Prosecutor Ronald J. Frantz, and ATF Special Agent in Charge, Steven Bogdalek joined U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles in announcing that Joseph Jerry Sweet, age 33, and Ronald Patrick Cook, age 28, both from the Grand Haven area, were sentenced for their roles in stealing firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees. Cook received a sentence of 156 months, and Sweet received a sentence of 188 months.

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