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Odem Resident Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

December 22, 2010

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — Jeremy Charles Davenport has pleaded guilty to two counts involving federal weapons charges, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Davenport, 35, of Odem, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack. Yesterday, Davenport pleaded guilty to being in possession of an I.E.D., or Improvised Explosive Device, on Sept. 29, 2010, as well as being a drug user in possession of 19 firearms including a machine gun. It is against federal law to possess firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Davenport admitted that he was illegally using cocaine at the time of the offense. More »

Angleton Man Sentenced for Making False Threats

November 5, 2010

(VICTORIA, Texas) — Aaron C. Robinson, of Angleton, Texas, has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for knowingly using a cellular telephone to convey a false threat to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Robinson was convicted after pleading guilty to the felony offense on August 3, 2010. More »

Houston Salvage Yard Owner Convicted of Heroin Trafficking Charges

October 22, 2010

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) — A federal jury has convicted a Houston salvage yard owner of importation and distribution of more than 17 kilograms of heroin, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The verdicts were returned late this afternoon in open court before United States District Judge Hilda Tagle. More »

Humble, Texas Man Sentenced for Role in Liberty County Gun Case

October 6, 2010

(Beaumont, TX) United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a Humble, Texas man was sentenced for his role in the sale of guns stolen from the Cleveland Police Department in the Eastern District of Texas More »

Two Port Arthur Men Sent to Federal Prison for Gun Thefts During Hurricane Ike Evacuation

September 15, 2010

Two Port Arthur, Texas residents have been sentenced to federal prison as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. More »

Veteran Police Officer Indicted on Federal Gun Charges

August 5, 2010

A 55-year-old veteran peace officer has been indicted and charged with federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. More »

ATF and Fire Marshal Rule Fatal Egg Farm Fire as Accidental

July 9, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office announced today that they have finished the scene investigation at the Maxim Egg Farm in Boling, Texas. Investigators have determined that the fire was accidental. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Fatal Egg Farm Fire

July 5, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF Special Agents from the Houston Field Division have been activated by a request from the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate a fire at the Maxim Egg Farm on 3307 FM 442, Boling, Texas. More »

Fire at Clothes Warehouse Intentionally Set

June 27, 2010

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Houston Field Division Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb and Laredo Fire Chief Steve Landin announced today the completion of the on-scene investigation of the June 20, 2010 fire that completely destroyed Jerry’s Ropa Usada. More »

Three Individuals With Alleged Ties to Aryan Brotherhood Charged With a 2008 Murder That Occurred in Atascosa County, Texas

June 24, 2010

Three alleged members or associates of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) have been indicted for their alleged roles in a 2008 murder in Atascosa County, Texas, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy of the Western District of Texas. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate Clothes Warehouse Fire

June 23, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Laredo Field Office have been activated by a request from the Laredo Fire Department to investigate a fire at Jerry’s Ropa Usada (Jerry’s Used Clothes). More »

Three 20-Year-Olds Sentenced to Prison for Lying to Buy Firearms

June 22, 2010

Three 20-year-old Brownsville residents who lied to buy firearms for another are now convicted felons and will be serving prison terms, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Leader of Texas Prison/Street Gang Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Conviction

June 18, 2010

Steven Walter Cooke, 47, a reputed high ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) prison/street gang and a previously convicted felon, has been sentenced to prison for possessing firearms, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer for the Department of Justice Criminal Division announced today. More »

Mission, Texas Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of a Machine Gun

May 14, 2010

United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio this morning, 25-year old Jesse Eduardo Patlan of Mission, Texas, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a machine gun. More »

Hardin County Man Sentenced for Firearms Violation

April 28, 2010

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 39-year-old Silsbee, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. More »

San Juan Man Sentenced for Lying and Buying 18 Firearms

March 30, 2010

Bernardo Garza, 44, of San Juan, Texas, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for lying to buy firearms, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Chief United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa handed down the prison term at a hearing today. The prison term is to be followed by a two-year-term of supervised release. More »

The Last of Three Charged in Scheme to Export Firearms to Mexico Sentenced to Federal Prison

March 30, 2010

The last of three defendants charged for their role in a scheme to purchase firearms and sell them at inflated prices knowing the firearms were to be smuggled into Mexico has been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge Jerry Robinette and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Dewey Webb announced today. More »

Attempt to Smuggle Semi-Automatic Firearms and Ammunition Thwarted at Anzalduas Port of Entry

March 23, 2010

A 48-year-old Mexican national has been arrested and charged with attempting to export semi-automatic weapons and ammunition into Mexico without a license or authorization, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Joint ATF–ICE Investigation Leads to Arrest of Three

March 16, 2010

An 18-month joint Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation has resulted in the arrest of three people in Houston as a result of the filing under seal of two separate complaints charging two with felony drug trafficking offenses and a third with felony gun violations, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Two Charged With Conspiracy to Receive or Possess Machine Gun

March 15, 2010

Two men arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to receive or possess a machine gun not registered to them will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Wednesday, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Laredo Police Officer and Co-Conspirator Plead Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy

February 17, 2010

A Laredo Police Department (LPD) officer and a local man have pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. More »

Operation Time Machine Nets Three in Port Arthur, Texas

February 10, 2010

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that three Port Arthur, Texas men have pleaded guilty to firearms violations as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas. More »

Houston, Texas Explosives Detection Canine Helps Miami Prepare for Super Bowl XLIV

February 5, 2010

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fielded their best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIV. These pros include ATF K-9 explosives detection teams that have been deployed to Miami from around the country. The K-9 teams are working side-by-side with other federal, state and local law-enforcement officers to keep the football teams and fans safe throughout this event. More »

Ten Starr County Residents Indicted for Lying to Buy Firearms

February 2, 2010

A 12-month investigation by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has resulted in the indictment of 10 persons accused of lying to buy more than 60 firearms over a five-month period beginning in December 2008, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. More »

Silsbee Man Sentenced For Federal Gun Crimes

January 26, 2010

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 38-year-old Silsbee, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Eastern District of Texas. More »

ATF National Response Team Activated to Investigate First Baptist Church Fire in Temple

January 21, 2010

The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Austin Field Office have been activated by a request from the Temple Fire Department to investigate a fire at the First Baptist Church. The fire at the church, located at 102 West Barton, Temple, occurred on Jan. 19. More »