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Yuba City Resident Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Possessing an Improvised Explosive Device

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Michael Frederick Hesse, 35, of Yuba City, was sentenced on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years and 10 months in prison for possession of an unregistered destructive device, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts for Former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and Federal Firearms Licensee in Firearm Straw-Buyer Scheme

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a nine-day trial, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts for two defendants in a firearm straw-buyer scheme involving firearms that are not on California’s roster of approved handguns, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Former Concord Resident Charged With Religious Hate Crime and Arson Charges

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OAKLAND – Hugo John Scherzberg made his initial appearance and was arraigned in federal court today on religious hate crime and arson charges relating to the March 20, 2010, fire at a church in Pittsburg, Calif., announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge, Joseph M. Riehl.

Former Fresno Police Department Deputy Chief and Six Others Indicted for Drug Trafficking

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury indicted former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster and six others today, charging them with a variety of drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

In addition to Keith Foster, 51, the indictment includes charges against Randy Flowers, 48; Iran Dennis “Denny” Foster, 44; Rafael Guzman, 41; Jennifer Donabedian, 35; and Sarah Ybarra, 37, all of Fresno; and Ricky Reynolds, 30, of Shasta Lake. All defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Stockton Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison on Federal Firearm Charges

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Austin Reed, 42, of Stockton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on November 16, 2012, officers attempted to make contact with Reed in Stockton. Reed ran from the officers and while in flight, threw an assault-style firearm from his person. The officers recovered the firearm, a 9mm pistol, with 25 live rounds in an extended magazine.

Four Arrested in Fresno for Drug Conspiracy

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Fresno, Calif. – Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office Special Agent in Charge Monica Miller and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl announced the arrest of six Fresno residents for alleged violations of federal law related to their roles in a drug conspiracy.

Keith Foster, 51, was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, heroin, and marijuana.

Jury Convicts Major Tobacco Distributor in $16 Million Excise Tax Fraud Scheme

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a seven–day trial, a federal jury found Moo Hoon “Steve” Kim, 54, resident of Cypress, Calif., guilty today of mail fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The trial was held before United States District Judge William B. Shubb. Between 2006 and 2009, Kim was responsible for bringing over $35 million in untaxed other tobacco products (“OTP”) into the State of California. OTP is any tobacco product other than cigarettes, and consists primarily of cigars, chewing tobacco, and leaf tobacco.

Las Vegas Business Man and his Mother Charged with Arson for 2010 Convenience Store Fire in which Man Died

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man and his mother have been indicted by the federal grand jury on charges that they destroyed the mini-mart store they owned in North Las Vegas in order to collect the insurance proceeds, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada. Peter Argyris, 46, of Las Vegas, and his mother, Joann Argyris, 67, of Boulder City, Nev. are charged with conspiracy to commit arson, arson resulting in death, use of fire to commit mail fraud, six counts of mail fraud, and criminal forfeiture.

Former Owner of Shooting Range Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearms Sales

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RENO, Nev. – A man who held a federal firearms dealer’s license and owned an indoor shooting range in Reno, Nev., has pleaded guilty to charges that he unlawfully sold multiple firearms, including guns with obliterated serial numbers and machine guns, to undercover ATF agents at his business in April and May 2014, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada and ATF Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl.

ATF Offers $5,000 Reward for Information in Stockton Bank Robbery and Shooting

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Stockton, Calif – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl and Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones, today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for transferring the AK-type rifle to the suspects involved in the Stockton bank robbery and shooting that occurred on July 16.

$13.6 Million Forfeiture Settlement in Tobacco Industry Tax Evasion Case

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — House of Oxford Inc., of New Jersey, and its officers agreed to forfeit to the United States more than $13.6 million in cash, property, jewelry, artwork, and luxury automobiles that were acquired with proceeds of the sale of tobacco products in California in a manner that evaded the payment of the required state excise tax, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl.

Indictment for Marijuana Cultivation in Sierra National Forest

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Jose Antonio Reyna-Chavez (Reyna), 18, of Michoacán, Mexico, charging him with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, damaging public land and natural resources, and avoiding immigration officers, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

“Dr. Death” Indicted For Illegally Manufacturing Firearms And Possession Of Machine Guns

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment last week against Daniel Crowninshield, 45, of Sacramento, charging him with unlawfully manufacturing and dealing in firearms, possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of a crime of domestic violence, and possessing machineguns and unregistered firearms, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.  Crowninshield was arrested today in Sacramento by ATF special agents.

San Francisco Resident Indicted for Possession of an Improvised Explosive Device

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SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II yesterday with possession of an unregistered destructive device, and possession of a firearm with the manufacturer’s serial number removed, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl, and Tatum King, Acting Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Francisco.

Sacramento Man Indicted For Selling Machine Guns And Explosives

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against James Christopher Malcolm, 29, of Carmichael, charging him with transfer of explosive materials for use in a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime; unlawful dealing in firearms; and two counts of possession of machine guns, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Shooting Range Owner Indicted For Illegal Firearms Sales

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RENO, Nev. – A federally-licensed firearms dealer and owner of an indoor shooting range in Reno, Nev., was indicted today by the federal grand jury on charges that he unlawfully sold multiple firearms, including guns with obliterated serial numbers and machine guns, to undercover ATF agents at his business in April and May 2014, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada and Joseph M. Riehl, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Stockton Man Is Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Prison For Conspiring To Rob A “Stash House”

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rathanak Van, 28, of Stockton, was sentenced on Thursday by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 11 years and three months in prison for conspiring to commit a robbery and conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

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