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Rio Rancho Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Charge

November 3, 2010

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, today, a federal jury in Albuquerque convicted Daniel F. Mills, 29, of Rio Rancho, of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after a three-day trial before Senior United States District Judge James A. Parker. The indictment, which was filed in September 2009, charged Mills was possession of a firearm and ammunition on June 4, 2009. More »

Turney Gets Maximum Sentence for Bomb Possession

September 28, 2010

Michael Roy Turney, 62, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced here by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to the statutory maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison. Turney pleaded guilty to Unlawful Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices. More »

ATF Announces 7 New Gunrunner Groups and Phoenix Gun Runner Impact Teams’ Successes

September 17, 2010

Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the formation of seven new Project Gunrunner firearms trafficking groups during a news conference in which he and Dennis K. Burke, United States Attorney, District of Arizona, announced the results of ATF’s Gun Runner Impact Team (GRIT) initiative, a nearly 100-day deployment of ATF resources to the Phoenix Field Division to disrupt illegal firearms trafficking by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. More »

White Mountain Apache Man Sentenced to 105 Months in Federal Prison for Arson and Assault With a Dangerous Weapon

September 3, 2010

Lindbert Johnson, Jr., 45, of Whiteriver, Ariz., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Martone to 105 months in federal prison for arson and assault with a dangerous weapon. These offenses occurred on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. Johnson pleaded guilty to these offenses on May 25, 2010. More »

Leader of Drug Conspiracy “Rip Crew” Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

August 26, 2010

Juan Victor Munoz, 30, Sixto Alonzo Castro, 26, Modesto Castro, 28 all of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Bobby Joe Pierce, 31 of Modesto, California, were sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone for charges related to their role as a rip crewin a drug conspiracy. The court sentenced Munoz, the leader of the crew, to 15 years in prison. More »

U.S. Leaders Sentenced For Conspiracy That Supplied Weapons to Sinaloa Cartel

August 10, 2010

The last defendant and leader of a firearms trafficking conspiracy that supplied over 100 assault rifles and other weapons to the Sinaloa drug cartel was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson in Tucson federal court. More »

Tucson Man Found Guilty of Federal Firearms Charge After Local Domestic Violence Conviction

March 2, 2010

A Tucson man prohibited from possessing firearms after a local domestic violence conviction was found guilty of a federal gun crime at trial. Rolando Roman Sanchez, 23, of Tucson, Ariz., was found guilty by a federal jury on February 25, 2010 of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Prohibited Possessor. The case was tried before United States District Court Judge Frank R. Zapata. More »

Mesa Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Selling Firearms

February 22, 2010

Shawn Michael Nealon, 38, of Mesa, Arizona, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Illegal Sale by a Federally Licensed Dealer to an Out-of-State Resident, in federal district court in Phoenix. In a separate agreement, Nealon's business, Cavalry Arms Corporation (Cavalry Arms), also pleaded guilty to one count of the felony offense of Illegal Sale by a Federally Licensed Dealer to an Out-of-State Resident. More »

Hodge Sentenced to Over 22 Years For Charges Relating to the Murder of Phoenix Taxi Cab Driver

February 17, 2010

Jimmy Presley Hodge, 28, of Phoenix, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 268 months in prison. Hodge pleaded guilty in December 2008 to Interference With Commerce by Threats and Violence (Hobbs Act) and Use of a Firearm in Connection with a Crime of Violence Causing Death. More »