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East St. Louis Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

December 16, 2011

Aaron Hull, 46, of East St. Louis, IL, was sentenced today in United States District Court, East St. Louis, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon and Unlawful Possession of a Ammunition by a Previously Convicted Felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Hull was sentenced to 180 months' imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment, on each count, the sentences to run concurrently, a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment. Hull has been in custody since his arrest on March 21, 2011.More »

Two Men Indicted in Series of Alleged Armed Robberies in 2010

December 5, 2011

CHICAGO – Two Chicago men are scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 13 on federal charges relating to series of at least eight alleged armed robberies of retail stores and businesses in Chicago and Aurora in the fall of 2010. The defendants, Juan Sanchez, also known as Cesar Sanchez, and Carlos Ochoa, were charged in an 18-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury last month, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Andrew L Traver, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced today.More »

Aurora Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for 2009 Shooting Spree While Illegally Possessing a Firearm

November 10, 2011

CHICAGO – An Aurora man who went on a shooting spree in late 2009, threatening the lives of rival gang members and innocent bystanders alike while firing his gun indiscriminately on residential streets, at family homes and at moving vehicles, was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison. The defendant, Michael Taylor, 31, whose last address was in the 1700 block of Molitor Road in Aurora, was sentenced after he was convicted at trial in June of this year of illegally possessing a firearm while having a previous felony conviction.More »

Bradley, Ill. Man to Serve 2 ½ Years in Prison for Possession of Machinegun, Unregistered Firearms

November 7, 2011

Urbana, Ill. — A Kankakee, Ill., man, Gerald L. Carney, Jr., has been sentenced to serve 30 months (2 years, 6 months) in federal prison for gun offenses. Carney, of Bradley, Ill., was sentenced on Nov. 1, and was ordered to report on Dec. 7, 2012, to the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison sentence. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey also ordered that Carney serve three years supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.More »

Two Dozen Members and Associates of Belizean Bloods Street Gang Facing Federal Narcotics and Passport Fraud Charges

November 3, 2011

CHICAGO — A federal investigation of alleged passport fraud and narcotics trafficking by members and associates of the Belizean Bloods street gang operating in Evanston and Chicago has resulted in charges against two dozen defendants, most of whom were arrested here this week, law enforcement officials announced today. One defendant, Jerry Johnson, who allegedly directed the Belizean Bloods drug–trafficking organization in Chicago, was arrested yesterday in Salt Lake City and is facing federal charges in Chicago. Five other defendants were arrested, and three guns were seized, Tuesday afternoon in Lyons where they had gathered as part of an alleged conspiracy to rob what they believed was 50 kilograms of cocaine from a different drug organization but which, in fact, was a ruse in an undercover sting operation.More »

Kankakee Men Sentenced to Federal Prison Terms

October 17, 2011

Urbana, Ill. – On Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey sentenced two Kankakee, Ill., men to prison terms in unrelated cases..More »

Kankakee Felon to Serve 42 ½ Years in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession of Machine Guns

October 6, 2011

Urbana, Ill. – A Kankakee, Ill., man, Jeffery Dickerson, 41, was sentenced today to serve 511 months (42 years, 7 months) in federal prison for drug and gun offenses. Following a threeday trial in June 2011, a jury found Dickerson guilty of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm, including machine guns, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.More »

Five Men Arraigned on Gun Charges Involving Assault-Type Firearms

September 9, 2011

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that the following five individuals were arraigned in federal district court in East St. Louis, today, on firearms charges alleged in an Indictment filed on September 8, 2011:More »

Rockford Man Convicted of Federal Fraud Charges

September 9, 2011

ROCKFORD — A Rockford, Ill., man who was the executive director of the Fountain of Life Improving the Community Academy and pastor of The Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ, was convicted today after a three–day jury trial on federal fraud charges. The defendant, Kenneth R. Dismuke, 50, was found guilty by a federal jury of four counts of bank fraud, three counts of bankruptcy fraud, and one count of mail fraud, following a trial that began Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court in Rockford.More »

City of Alton: Operation – Crackdown Redemption

August 31, 2011

Alton, Il – Alton Police Chief David Hayes will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Alton Law Enforcement Center located at 1700 E. Broadway, Alton, Illinois 62002 to announce the results of Operation Crack Redemption.More »

Washington Park Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Ammunition by a Previously Convicted Felon

August 24, 2011

A Washington Park man, charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, pled guilty in the United States District Court in East St. Louis to that charge, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Demarrion L. Lockett, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 22, 2011, and is being held without bond pending disposition of his case.More »

Nine Alleged Members and Leader of Gaylords Faction in Addison Charged with Illegally Possessing or Selling Firearms

August 23, 2011

CHICAGO – Nine suburban and Wisconsin residents, including the alleged leader and members of the Almighty Gaylord Nation street gang faction in Addison were charged with federal firearms offenses for allegedly illegally possessing or selling an assortment of guns, federal and local law enforcement officials announced today. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local police ended an 18-month undercover investigation early today when they began arresting the defendants, who were charged in three separate criminal complaints filed yesterday and unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Six additional defendants were arrested on state narcotics or gang charges.More »

Arrest By Wave Team Results in 115 Month Federal Sentence

August 22, 2011

Charles C. Christian, 29, of East St. Louis, received a 115 month federal sentence following his conviction for the offenses of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances, possession of marihuana, and possession of crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Following release from imprisonment, Christian will be on federal supervised release for three years. Christian has been in custody since November 17, 2010, following his arrest by the Working Against Violent Elements (WAVE) task force. A jury found him guilty of the charges on March 16, 2011.More »

ATF and U. S. Attorney Conduct Violent Crime Initiative Training For 20 Plus State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

August 10, 2011

CHICAGO — An advanced training seminar for state and local law enforcement investigators from more than 20 agencies was held today announced Andrew L. Traver, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton, Southern District of Illinois; Assistant United States Attorney Dee Dee Durborow Southern District of Illinois; and Larry A. Washington, Resident Agent in Charge ATF Fairview Heights Field Office. The instruction was presented through classroom lectures and practical exercises.More »

Washington Park Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Armed Robbery

August 5, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on August 5, 2011, Kenneth I. Little, 22, of Washington Park, IL, was sentenced in federal district court, in East St. Louis, to 144 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, a $300 special assessment, and a fine of $500, following his plea of guilty, on April 19, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with: Interference with Commerce by Violence, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. The charges relate to an armed robbery of a customer at a Mobil gas station in Washington Park, IL. The robbery netted $1000 for the robbers. The sentencing judge also ordered restitution, as well as forfeiture of the firearm used to commit the robbery.More »

Algonquin Man Arrested on Federal Murder for Hire Charge

August 5, 2011

ROCKFORD — PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; ANDREW L. TRAVER, Special Agent–In–Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF"); and RUSSELL LAINE, Chief of the Algonquin Police Department, today made the following announcement:More »

Twenty–One Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Arrested in Multiple States

July 12, 2011

St. Louis, MO — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the arrests of eighteen defendants in seven states on an indictment alleging a racketeering conspiracy. Three additional defendants were arrested on separate charges involving firearms violations. Five of the defendants are from the St. Louis area.More »

Eighteen Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Arrested in Multiple States

July 12, 2011

St. Louis, MO — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the arrests of fifteen members of the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in seven states on an indictment alleging a racketeering conspiracy. Three other gang members were arrested on separate charges involving firearms violations.More »

ATF Warns Consumers: Illegal Explosives Devices are not Fireworks

June 27, 2011

CHICAGO — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wants consumers to celebrate safely this Fourth of July and be mindful that illegal explosives devices are not fireworks. Illegally manufacturing or the distribution of powerful fireworks not made for consumer use can result in tragedies.More »

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Official Misconduct, Obstructing Justice and Unlawful Sale of Firearms

June 9, 2011

Union County State’s Attorney, Tyler Edmonds, acting as Special Prosecutor in Pulaski County, announced today that twenty (20) felony counts have been filed against Tara M. Kern, a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy, for providing firearms to a convicted felon.More »

Project Safe Neighborhood: Jury Convicts Kankakee Felon for Possession of Drugs, Firearm

June 8, 2011

Urbana, Ill. – This afternoon, a federal jury convicted Jeffery Dickerson, of Kankakee, Ill. The jury deliberated nearly two hours before finding Dickerson guilty of possession of crack cocaine, possession of a firearm, including a machine gun, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.More »

ATF Chicago Field Division Releases Mid–Year Significant Adjudicated Investigations

May 19, 2011

CHICAGO — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Chicago Field Division Special Agent in Charge Andrew Traver released a list of the top investigations undertaken during the first half of fiscal year 2011. The Chicago Field Division encompasses the entire State of Illinois.More »

Latin Kings’ Leader, Augustin Zambrano, and Three Other High–Ranking Gang Members Convicted of RICO Conspiracy and Related Crimes in Federal Trial in Chicago

April 7, 2011

CHICAGO – A federal jury late yesterday convicted the highest-ranking nationwide leader and three other high-ranking leaders of the Latin Kings street gang of racketeering conspiracy (RICO) and all other charges against them involving narcotics trafficking and related violence that plagued numerous neighborhoods on the north, south and west sides of Chicago, announced U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. More »

Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Handgun

January 28, 2011

CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense, federal law enforcement officials announced. Jimmy Brown, 26, who last resided in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago, received the mandatory minimum sentence for an armed career criminal in Federal Court. Brown, who faced a maximum of life in prison, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.More »

McHenry County Man Charged with Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

January 19, 2011

ROCKFORD — PATRICK J. FITZGERALD, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, together with ANDREW L. TRAVER, Special Agent-In-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and KEITH NYGREN, McHenry County Sheriff, today announced:More »