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Spokane Woman Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Federal Prison for Her Role in Violent Drug Trafficking Organization

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Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Aarayana Leigh Malcolm, age 46, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty on October 24, 2014 to Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Pure Methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Malcolm to a fifteen year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a ten year term of court supervision after her release from Federal prison.

California Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that, on Monday, Phillip Dixon, Jr., a/k/a “Cheddar,” 28, of Manteca, CA, was sentenced to 180 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Dixon pleaded guilty on April 16, 2015, to conspiracy to distributemethamphetamine and heroin and conspiracy to launder money. As part of his plea, he further agreed to forfeit a 2009 Impala, a 2003 Land Rover, $3,400 in currency seized from a Wells Fargo account used to launder money, and $25,000 seized from a safe deposit box.

Post Falls Man Pleads Guilty to Murder for Hire and Drug Charges

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COEUR D'ALENE B Darin Kyle Taylor, 55, of Post Falls, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in two related cases to use of interstate facilities in the commission of murder for hire, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. On August 18, 2015, Taylor was indicted for the federal drug charge. On December 4, 2015, Taylor waived his right to be indicted grand jury and agreed to be charged with murder for hire in federal court.

Jerome Gang Member Sentenced to Twelve Years in Prison for Firearms Offenses

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BOISE –Vicente Rene Ramirez, Jr., also known as Little Gangster, 33, of Jerome, Idaho, was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Ramirez to serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison. Ramirez pleaded guilty on August 27, 2015.

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Yakima Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

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Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Ronald Alex Phillips, age 48, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced today for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Court Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Phillips to a 15-year term of imprisonment pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act, and a five year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

Montana Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Unlawful Gun Possession

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POCATELLO B Frank Lewis White, 55, of Great Falls, Montana, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawful gun possession, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered White to forfeit his interest in the firearm. White was convicted by a federal jury on August 12, 2015.

Klamath Falls Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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MEDFORD, Ore. - Russell Ray Moore, 63, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, was sentenced on Monday, October 19, 2015, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken to 15 years in federal prison after he pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Moore will also be on three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Everette Man Convicted of Federal Drug and Firearms Charges

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A convicted drug dealer, arrested with a stolen firearm, meth and heroin while on state probation, was found guilty by a federal jury following a week-long trial, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  SETH ISSAC MORGAN, 33, was convicted June 15, 2015 of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking, and felon in possession of a firearm.  When sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J.

Snohomish County Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Gun Trafficking

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A 36-year-old Monroe, Washington man who burglarized a Fred Meyer store stealing 29 firearms and selling them to criminals was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  MATTHEW ELSHAUG pleaded guilty in October 2014 to Conspiracy to Possess and Sell Stolen Firearms, Possession and Sale of Stolen Firearms, Theft of Firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee, and being a Felon in Possession of Firearms.  U.S. District Judge Robert S.

Mexican National Trafficking Methamphetamine in Benton County Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that that Francisco Sanchez-Hinojosa, age 45, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. imposed a ten-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision after Sanchez-Hinojosa is released from Federal prison.

DOJ Awards Nearly $500,000 to Combat Gun Crime in Seattle

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The U.S. Department of Justice today awarded nearly $500,000 in federal grant money for an innovative program to reduce gun violence in Seattle, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. The grant, under the Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) program supports the Puget Sound Regional Crime Gun Task Force, which is focused on increasing the ability of law enforcement to trace shell casings and firearms used in crimes and thus identify shooters and take them off the streets.

Salem Man Sentenced to 15 Years Under the Armed Career Criminal Act

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Alberto Contreras, 34, of Salem, Oregon, was sentenced today under the Armed Career Criminal Act to the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison by U. S. District Court Judge Marco A. Hernandez. Contreras pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with an Armed Career Criminal enhancement on March 23, 2015. Following his prison term, Contreras will serve five years of supervised release.

Multi-Agency Cooperation Nets Drugs, Stolen Vehicles and Guns in North Idaho

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COEUR D’ALENE – This week, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers made several separate arrests leading to the seizure of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, cash, firearms, and stolen vehicles, in northern Idaho. Three of those arrested, Blair Ty Murphy, 40, of Lewiston, Idaho, Darin Taylor, 55, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Hugo Chavez Acevedo, 34, of Pullman, Washington, were arrested on federal charges. The defendants were indicted on August 18, 2015, by a federal grand jury sitting in Coeur d’Alene.

Pasco Man Sentenced to More Than 7 ½ Years’ Prison for Possession of a Firearm

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Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Victor Manuel Angulo, age 36, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced today after having been found guilty after a jury trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Senior United States District Court Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Angulo to a 92-month term of imprisonment and a three-year term of court supervision following release from federal prison.

Second of Two Men Sentenced in Bank Robbery in Twin Falls

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BOISE B Juan Loredo, 22, of Salinas, California, was sentenced today to 155 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank robbery by use of dangerous weapons, and brandishing of firearms during the commission of a felony offense, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered forfeiture of the three firearms involved in the bank robbery. Loredo pleaded guilty on March 24, 2015.

Washington Man Sentenced to Six Years in Custody for Theft of 22 Handguns from Newberg Fred Meyer

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Anthony Reyna, 26, from Skagit County, WA was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garr M. King to six years in federal prison, following his pleas of guilty to the theft of firearms from a federally-licensed firearms dealer and felon in possession of firearms. 

Oregon Felon Sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison

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EUGENE, Ore. – Christopher Shawn Kanatzar, 28, Springfield, Oregon, appeared before U. S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene today and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Earlier this year, Kanatzar pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a 9 mm pistol found by Springfield police in a stolen car following a high speed chase. Kanatzar and two police officers sustained injuries when he resisted arrest after the pursuit ended.

Boise Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery in Twin Falls

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BOISE B Shawn Smith, 19, of Salinas, California, was sentenced today to 119 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for bank robbery by use of dangerous weapons, and brandishing of firearms during the commission of a felony offense, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered forfeiture of any interest in the $7,351 stolen from the bank, and forfeiture of the three firearms involved in the bank robbery. Smith pleaded guilty on April 20, 2015.

Armed Snohomish County Drug Dealer Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Drug Trafficking

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An Everett resident with prior federal drug felony convictions, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to more than 14 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. JOSEPH R. KALAC was convicted at his September 2014 trial of three counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Bank Robber, Who Stashed Guns and Stolen Goods While on the Run from Police, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

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A convicted bank robber who absconded from supervised release, and lived on the lam for more than five years, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 12 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  BRADLEY STEVEN ROBINETT, 46, was arrested in Hillsboro, Oregon, on June 2, 2014, when Hillsboro Police took him into custody in a shopping mall parking lot as he returned to a car that had been reported stolen.  ROBINETT pleaded guilty in January 2015 to escape, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

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