Detroit Field Division

Gang Leader Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Violent Racketeering-Related Crimes and Shooting at Federal Agents

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WASHINGTON – A leader of the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club, who was also a member of the Vice Lords street gang, was sentenced to 40 years in prison today for violent racketeering-related crimes and shooting at federal agents.

Last Reviewed August 12, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed August 11, 2015

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. 

Last Reviewed August 5, 2015

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).

Last Reviewed June 24, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 28, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 19, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed April 20, 2015

Warren Businessman Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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A Macomb County business owner pleaded guilty yesterday to intentionally setting a fire at his commercial laundry facility to collect on an insurance policy, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Steven Bogdalek, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives (ATF).

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

ATF Increases Reward For Information On Heidelberg Project Arsons

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DETROIT — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is increasing its reward from $5,000 up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires set to several structures belonging to The Heidelberg Project on the East Side of Detroit.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 5, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed April 10, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Former Tacom Employee Pleads Guilty To Receiving Unlawful Pay and Exporting Firearms

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A retired U.S. Army major and former civilian employee of the Tank Automotive Command in Warren pleaded guilty today to receiving unlawful pay while working for the military and to unlawfully shipping firearms to South Africa without a license, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Grand Rapids Man Who Sold Gun Used In Mass Murder Sentenced

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CITY GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Michael James Allen, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been sentenced today to ten years (120 months) in prison – the statutory maximum – for his role in transferring a Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol to multi-convicted felon Roderic Dantzler, who used it to kill seven people. Allen previously pled guilty to being a felon in possession of that pistol, as he was also a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing any firearm. During his plea hearing, Allen admitted to selling the Glock pistol to Dantzler. In sentencing Allen, Chief U.S.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information on the Heidelberg Project Arsons

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DETROIT- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of $5, 000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires set to several structures of The Heidelberg Project on the east side of Detroit.

To date from May 2, until Nov 28, 2013, there have been seven fires set to various structures of the Project.  Experts from the Detroit Fire Department Arson Unit and ATF determined that the fires were intentionally set.  All of the structure fires were a total loss.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

ATF Offers Reward for Information on Theft of Local Gun Dealer

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Detroit Field Division is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of federal firearms licensee (FFL) Investment Rarities, Inc., located at 2390 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, who was burglarized in the early evening hours on Dec. 5.  Among the items stolen were 21 handguns and three long guns.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will also match any reward paid by ATF for a potential overall award of up to $5,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015