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Seattle Field Division - 2011 Releases

Repeat Pierce County Offender Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Being an Armed Career Criminal

December 29, 2011

A felon with a history of gun and drug crimes was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 20 years in prison for being an armed career criminal in possession of a stolen firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. DANA LEON BROOKS, 38, of Pierce County was arrested after a high–speed chase in a stolen car. BROOKS was taken into custody when he slammed into another car when he ran a red light at an intersection. Fortunately, the innocent driver survived the crash. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said the lengthy sentence was to protect the public and deter BROOKS from his conduct. More »

Washington Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Attempted Bombing of Martin Luther King Unity March

December 20, 2011

Spokane — The Justice Department announced today that Kevin William Harpham, 37, of Colville, Wash., has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for the placement of the improvised explosive device alongside the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March held on January 17, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. Mr. Harpham will serve the rest of his life under court supervision after he is released from prison. More »

Seattle Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

December 9, 2011

A Seattle man, who fled to Oregon after being charged with drug and gun crimes, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. LESTER DANE BLANTON, 29, pleaded guilty September 9, 2011 to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez told BLANTON, This is really tragic...You are a young man. Use that time to stay away from bad influences. More »

Former Los Angeles Resident Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

December 8, 2011

SEATTLE – A former Los Angeles, California, man pleaded guilty in connection with the June 2011 plot to attack a military installation in Seattle, U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced today. Walli Mujahidh, a/k/a Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder officers and agents of the United States, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and unlawful possession of a firearm. If the plea agreement is accepted by the court, Walli Mujahidh will be sentenced to between 27 and 32 years in prison, pursuant to the terms of the agreement. Following the prison term, Walli Mujahidh will be on federal supervised release for the rest of his life. Walli Mujahidh will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on April 16, 2012. More »

Five Brown Magic Clica Gang Members Plead Guilty to Racketeering Charges

December 7, 2011

BOISE – Five members of the Brown Magic Clica (B.M.C.) gang pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Boise this week to racketeering charges, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. More »

Two Glennallen Residents and One Anchorage Resident Sentenced for Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Firearms Violations

November 29, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today, November 29, 2011, that three people have been sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for felony violations of the Lacey Act for illegally selling and transporting walrus ivory and polar bear hides between July 2010 and April 2011. The defendants participated in a conspiracy involving marine mammal parts purchased in Savoonga, Alaska, transported to Glennallen, Alaska, and illegally sold and transported to non-Alaska-Native buyers in Alaska, Colorado, and other states and countries. One of the defendants was also sentenced for being a felon in possession of firearms and two of the defendants were sentenced for illegal possession of machine guns and possession of unregistered machine guns and silencer. More »

Illegal Alien Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison

November 29, 2011

BOISE — Julio Cesar Cardelas–Martinez, 37, an illegal alien living in Jerome, Idaho, was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Cardelas–Martinez to serve four years of supervised release following his prison term and forfeit $20,000 in cash proceeds. Cardelas–Martinez will be deported to Mexico following his release from prison. He pled guilty on July 5, 2011. More »

Boise Man Sentenced to 63 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearm

November 29, 2011

BERNARD CURTIS DAVIS, 30, of Spanaway, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, for being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. DAVIS was convicted following a three day jury trial one year ago. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said the long sentence was necessary to protect the public because DAVIS engaged in gratuitous violence against weaker victims. More »

Seven Anchorage Residents Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Firearms Crimes

November 22, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska &mdash United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that seven Anchorage residents were charged with firearms crimes in five separate indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Anchorage. More »

Anchorage Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

November 22, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 60 months for being a conviction of felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Spanaway Felon Sentenced to 17+ Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

November 18, 2011

BERNARD CURTIS DAVIS, 30, of Spanaway, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, for being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. DAVIS was convicted following a three day jury trial one year ago. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said the long sentence was necessary to protect the public because DAVIS engaged in gratuitous violence against weaker victims. More »

Caldwell Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Several Firearms

November 14, 2011

BOISE – David Len Scruggs, 50, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced in federal court in Boise today to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Scruggs to forfeit the firearms and any explosive devices he illegally possessed, with the exception of a family heirloom firearm and a firearm made in Idaho, which was not transacted in interstate commerce. Scruggs pleaded guilty to the charge on August 10, 2011. More »

11 Gang Members and Associates Indicted Federally

November 10, 2011

BOISE – Six members of a Norteño, or Northside, street gang active in the Treasure Valley and four known associates were indicted this week by a federal grand jury, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. A fifth associate was indicted last month. The grand jury indicted the gang members and associates in ten separate indictments charging a total of twenty-seven counts of drug trafficking, six counts of unlawfully possessing firearms, four counts of possessing sawed-off shotguns, two counts of transferring sawed-off shotguns, and one count of possessing stolen firearms. More »

Richard Conn Sentenced to 19 years as a Career Offender

November 9, 2011

Spokane — Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that on November 2, 2011, Richard Lee Conn, 43, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced to 235 months of imprisonment. On June 6, 2011, Mr. Conn pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because of an extensive criminal history, Mr. Conn was sentenced as a career offender. More »

Juneau Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

October 31, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that a Juneau man was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to seven years in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Fifty Arrested, 68 Guns, Meth and Heroin Seized in Three Month White center Initiative

October 21, 2011

A three month operation targeting violent repeat offenders in the White Center area of King County wrapped up this week with dozens of arrests and seizures of 68 guns, 51 lbs of methamphetamine, 2 lbs of crack cocaine and more than 10 lbs of powder cocaine. Two businesses that have been hubs for criminal activity were searched yesterday following extensive undercover investigations. Twenty-six defendants have been charged federally and another 27 face charges in King County Superior Court. Three federal defendants are still being sought. More »

Anchorage Drug Dealer Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Drug Distribution Crimes

October 17, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 96 months in prison for his convictions of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. On October 14, 2011, Martey Turail Greer, 29, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Ralph R. Beistline. More »

Bethel Man Convicted by Federal Jury for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

September 29, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that after deliberating less than two hours, a federal jury in Anchorage found a Bethel man guilty of one count of being a felonin possession of a firearm. More »

Grants Pass Felon Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Loaded Firearm

September 26, 2011

MEDFORD, Ore. – United States District Court Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Joshua Kenneth Devore, 34, of Grants Pass, to serve four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Devore was allowed 60 days to report to prison. More »

Shelley Man Gets 124 Months for Methamphetamine Conviction

September 26, 2011

POCATELLO – Don Ellingford, 46, of Shelley, Idaho, was sentenced today to 124 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Pocatello, following his conviction in February 2011 for possession and distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Ellingsford will also be required to serve five years on supervised release following his prison term. More »

Illinois Man Sentenced as an Armed Career Offender

September 22, 2011

BOISE – Korie L. Clemens, 29, of West Peoria, Illinois, was sentenced this week to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Clemens appeared on Monday before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. He pled guilty to the charge on May 3, 2011. More »

Anchorage Mange Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

September 20, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 57 months for his conviction of being felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Final Defendant in Oxycontin Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Prison

September 9, 2011

SHARLA RAE KLEMETSEN, 26, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and $22,579 for wire fraud, being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated identity theft. KLEMETSEN and her boyfriend, Shane Patrick Reaves, 32, were prolific traffickers of oxycodone obtained by fraud. Both were felons who were repeatedly caught illegally possessing firearms. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik also recommended that KLEMETSEN receive drug treatment while she is incarcerated. More »

Attempted Bomber Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime and Weapons Charges

September 7, 2011

Spokane – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Kevin William Harpham, age 37, of Colville, Washington, has pleaded guilty to the placement of the improvised explosive device alongside the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March on January 17, 2011, in Spokane, Washington. More »

Rexburg Woman Sentenced for Illegal Gun Possession

August 29, 2011

POCATELLO – Laura Elena Rosales-Sanchez, 30, a Mexican national residing in Rexburg, Idaho, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, and three years of supervised release following her prison term, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Rosales-Sanchez to forfeit the firearm in her possession. She pleaded guilty to the charge on May 25, 2011. More »

Corvallis Man Charged for Arson at Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center

August 25, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., has indicted Cody Crawford, 24, of Corvallis, Ore., on federal hate crime and arson charges for intentionally setting fire to the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center. More »

Medford Career Felon Sentenced to 17+ Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms and Drugs

August 22, 2011

MEDFORD, Ore. – David Jon Rendon, 30, of Medford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner to 210 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Wapato Gang Member Sentenced as Armed Career Criminal for Firearm Possession

August 15, 2011

Yakima – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Michael Joseph Navarro, age 31, a documented gang member from Wapato, Washington, was sentenced to 188 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Navarro was sentenced last Friday and was previously found guilty by a jury in May of this year. More »

Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Possession

August 11, 2011

MATALEPUNA JUNIOR MALU, 23, of Everett, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. MALU was arrested following a January 13, 2011, assault on his girlfriend. When police searched the residence they found a stolen .45 caliber semi–automatic handgun in MALU’s bedroom. MALU pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm on May 20, 2011. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman recommended drug treatment while he is incarcerated and told him, You have a lot of issues to work on. It’s going to take that long for you to get clean and sober. More »

Kamiah Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Explosives and Stalking

August 9, 2011

POCATELLO — Jesus Sanchez–Carranza, 38, a Mexican national, and Jesus Mara–Figuerora, 52, of Tetonia, Idaho, were sentenced this week for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. The two men appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. More »

Eastern Idaho Drug Traffickers Sentenced

August 4, 2011

POCATELLO — Jesus Sanchez–Carranza, 38, a Mexican national, and Jesus Mara–Figuerora, 52, of Tetonia, Idaho, were sentenced this week for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. The two men appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. More »

Four Members of Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced

August 4, 2011

POCATELLO — Four members of a large scale drug trafficking conspiracy were sentenced to federal prison this week, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today. The three men and one woman appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. More »

Utah Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

August 2, 2011

POCATELLO — Jose Carlos Acosta, Jr., 30, of Ogden, Utah, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Acosta appeared today before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. He pled guilty to the charge on May 24, 2010. More »

ATF and YPD Target Documented Gang Members

July 28, 2011

Yakima – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that a joint operation between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Yakima Police Department has resulted in plea agreements concerning four documented Norteno gang members. More »

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Racketeering and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

July 27, 2011

BOISE — Mathew Grover, 22, of Fruitland, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. More »

ATF Executes Search Warrants in Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Investigation

July 13, 2011

Seattle, WA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Seattle Field Division, together with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General (USDA–OIG), the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), announced today a large scale law enforcement operation involving the execution of multiple search and seizure warrants in connection with the illegal trafficking of contraband cigarettes in Seattle and Western Washington. The ATF and participating agencies executed 14 federal search warrants for violations of federal law involving the illegal possession, sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes originating in Vietnam. Fifteen federal search and seizure warrants were also executed on vehicles identified as being utilized in connection with the illegal cigarette trafficking activities. More »

Two Men Charged in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Processing Center

June 23, 2011

SEATTLE – Two men were arrested late last night and are charged by criminal complaint with terrorism and firearms related charges. The complaint alleges that Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, a/k/a Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, a/k/a Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, took possession of machine guns that they purchased and planned to use in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located on East Marginal Way, Seattle. Law enforcement has been monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh, including the weapons transaction, to prevent the attack and protect the public. More »

Nicholai Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms

June 21, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Nicholas man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 57 months in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of firearms. More »

Men Indicted Federally on Arson and Firearms Charges

June 16, 2011

David Joseph Vonbargen, 48, of Fruitland, Idaho, and Donovan James Bolen, 21, of Payette, Idaho, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Boise on fire, explosives and stolen firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. The eight-count indictment charges both defendants with conspiracy to use fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; conspiracy to maliciously damage and destroy a building; using fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; malicious use of explosive materials; depredation against government property; using a destructive device during and in relation to a federal crime of violence; possession of an unregistered destructive device; and possession of stolen firearms. An arraignment date has not been set. The charges arise out of the May 27 theft of firearms from the World’s Largest Pawn Shop in Fruitland. More »

Felon with Firearm Receives 10 Years in Prison

June 13, 2011

Yakima – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Aaron Lopez Garcia, age 32, of Yakima, Washington, was sentenced last Thursday to 120 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon and escape from federal custody. Aaron Lopez Garcia was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed for these offenses; 10 years for possessing the firearm and 5 years for escape, both to be served concurrently. He will also be on court supervision for three years after his release from prison. Aaron Lopez Garcia was ordered to pay $2,385.33 in restitution to the City of Sunnyside. More »

Canadian Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Illegal Gun Trafficking and Lying to Border Protection Officers

May 31, 2011

OLIVER KING, aka, Hamid Malekpour, 35, of Vancouver, BC was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for five counts related to the trafficking and possession of nearly two dozen firearms. KING was arrested May 19, 2010, after he traveled from British Columbia to McMinnville, Oregon and transporting 21 firearms back to the border region. After a five–day trial in January 2011, the jury found KING guilty of unlawful dealing in firearms, being a non–immigrant alien in possession of firearms, and three counts of making false statements to a government agency. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart highlighted KING’s pattern of lying, including some incredible testimony KING offered at a pretrial hearing. More »

Five Sentenced in Treasure Valley Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

May 24, 2011

Five more co–conspirators in a large scale Treasure Valley methamphetamine trafficking ring were sentenced this month for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill handed down the sentences in federal court in Boise. More »

Anchorage Felon Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

May 23, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 60 months in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Conviction

May 18, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. Feldis announced that a former resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 132 months in prison for his conviction for conspiring to distribute over 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. More »

Kamiah Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Explosives Charges

May 17, 2011

Levi Wayne Mendenhall, 31, of Kamiah, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to transporting explosives with intent to kill, injure, or intimidate, stalking, and use of explosive material during the commission of a federal felony, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. More »

Defendant with Gang Ties Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Gun Crime

May 13, 2011

GIORGIO McKINNEY, 26, previously of Seattle, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. McKINNEY, who has ties to the Low Profile (LP) set of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang, was sentenced for a February 2009 incident where he led police on a high speed chase over the Alaskan Way Viaduct. While running from police McKINNEY threw a stolen firearm from the car. Police also found 183 tablets of ecstasy (MDMA) in the car. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said McKINNEY has a habit of running from police, putting strangers – completely innocent people – in danger. More »

Witness in Steele Trial Sentenced for Manufacturing a Firearm

May 11, 2011

A key witness in the Edgar Steele trial was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene, for possession of an unregistered firearm and manufacturing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. More »

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced

May 6, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. — On May 5, 2011, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Rodney Alan Rookstool, 50, of John Day, Oregon, to 70 months in prison. He was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of five years. Rookstool plead guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. More »

Seven Members of Fairbanks Drug Conspiracy Indicted

May 6, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen Loeffler announced today that seven Fairbanks residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense and one count of maintaining drug involved premises. Also, there is a criminal forfeiture allegation to forfeit drug proceeds and facilitation. The four–count indictment names Brandon Haynes, 25, Willie Wilson, 26, Donte Edwards, 21, Anthony Gadsden, 36, Joe Powell, 25, Natasha Wolfe, 21, and Joleen Malamute, 27, all of Fairbanks, as the defendants. More »

Kent Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

May 6, 2011

AJAN ESCUDERO, 31, of Kent, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearms. This is ESCUDERO’s second conviction for possessing a gun illegally. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez noted that ESCUDERO’s love of guns overcomes everything in his life.... (He) has not learned that he can have nothing to do with weapons. More »

Chehalis Man Sentenced to Prison for Charges Related to 2007 Mail Box Explosion

May 5, 2011

KEVIN W. WILLIAMS, 45, of Chehalis, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Eight (8) years in prison and three (3) years of supervised release for nine federal felony charges related to his scheme to portray himself as a crime victim. WILLIAMS was convicted in September 2010, following a seven day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Robert S. Bryan. The jury deliberated about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts: three counts of wire fraud, possession of a firearm without a serial number, destruction of letter box, two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm (pipe bomb and zip gun), extortion, and making a false official statement. At sentencing Judge Bryan said, Mr. Williams, you were a con–man of the worst order during the course of these events. I believe you are quite likely to do something again in the future. More »

Redmond Man Sentenced to 48 Months for Pipe Bomb and Child Pornography

May 3, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. – Brian Keith Fabbrini, 33, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael R. Hogan to serve two sentences of 48 months in prison for possessing child pornography and an unregistered pipe bomb. Fabbrini was also ordered to serve a 10- year term of supervised release following his release from prison. While on supervised release, Fabbrini must abide by a number of conditions, including restrictions on his access to computers, electronic devices, and the internet. He will also be prohibited from residing or being within 100 yards of places where minor children congregate. More »

Repeat Offender Sentenced to Long Prison Term for Gun Possession

May 3, 2011

WYATT ANTHONY BIRD, a/k/a Whacky, 31, of Tacoma, Washington, was sentenced Friday April 29, to 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. BIRD was arrested in July 2009, for violations of his state probation. Upon Bird’s conclusion of a sentence in an unrelated assault case, BIRD was federally indicted in August 2010 for illegally possessing the gun. He pleaded guilty in January 2011. At sentencing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said it was Bird’s own choices that brought him to federal court. More »

Four Washington State Men Indicted For Unlicensed Dealing at Gun Shows

May 2, 2011

SEATTLE – Four Washington State men have been charged in three separate indictments by a federal grand jury following a lengthy undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into illegal firearms sales at gun shows. Late last week, a federal grand jury in Seattle returned indictments against Roy Alloway, 56, of Belfair, Wash., for unlawful dealing in firearms. Kenneth Gussoni, 55, of Bremerton, Wash., and Mark Skiles, 46, of Belfair, were indicted for conspiracy to unlawfully deal in firearms and one count of unlawful dealing in firearms. Gussoni is also charged with possessing an illegal silencer and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. David Devenny, 68, of Olympia, Wash., was indicted for unlawful dealing in firearms and two counts of selling firearms to a prohibited person. Devenny was arrested in November 2010, following the sale of a gun to a prohibited person working with law enforcement. More »

Juneau Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

April 29, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Juneau man was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to 87 months in prison for being a felon in the possession of a firearm. More »

Eddie Ray Hall Sentenced to 195 Months in Federal Prison for Delivery of Methamphetamine

April 21, 2011

Spokane — Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Eddie Ray Hall, age 47, of Spokane, was sentenced to 195 months in prison for delivery of methamphetamine. Eddie Ray Hall will be under court supervision for 60 months after he is released from prison. More »

Fireworks Explosion Site Still Active Scene

April 21, 2011

HONOLULU – The U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) has begun remediation actions at the site of the April 2011 Waikele fireworks explosion. These efforts will remove and properly dispose of the explosive hazardous materials that remain in the Waikele bunker after the explosion and allow the joint agency investigation to proceed safely. More »

Federal Jury in Pocatello Convicts Mexican National for Drug Trafficking

April 14, 2011

Jesus Sanchez–Carranza, 39, a Mexican national living in Teton City, Idaho, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Pocatello of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine on or within 1,000 feet of a playground, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today. Sanchez–Carranza will be sentenced on July 19, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello. More »

Everett Resident Convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute following Two–Day Jury Trial

April 13, 2011

VICTOR M. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ, 25, of Everett, Washington, was convicted this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The jury deliberated less than an hour following a two day trial. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ was arrested September 29, 2010, in Lake Forest Park, Washington, after a routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of highly pure methamphetamine in his vehicle. GONZALEZ VAZQUEZ faces a mandatory minimum ten years in prison and up to life in prison when sentenced on July 8, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones. More »

Two Mexican Nationals Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

April 5, 2011

Andres Collado–Rojas, 20, and Veronica Cruz–Jimenez, 34, Mexican nationals residing in Nampa, Idaho, were convicted today by a federal jury in Pocatello of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. More »

Couple Charged for Conspiracy to Murder Juge and Federal Firearms Crimes

March 17, 2011

In the first of two indictments, Lonnie Vernon and his wife Karen Vernon are charged with conspiracy to murder a Federal District Judge and an Internal Revenue Service employee, threatening to murder the judge and the judge’s family, and conspiracy to possess an unregistered firearm silencer and grenades. Lonnie Vernon is also charged in the same indictment with illegally possessing a machine gun and possessing a firearm equipped with a silencer in furtherance of a federal crime of violence. This indictment supersedes an earlier federal indictment charging Lonnie Vernon with threatening to murder a Federal District Court Judge and his family. More »

Thirty Gang Members Indicted in Federal and State Court

March 15, 2011

Thirty members of the Brown Magic Clica, a Sureño street gang active in western Idaho and eastern Oregon, were indicted in federal and state courts last week. A federal grand jury in Boise indicted 13 people on March 9 in three separate indictments for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, murder in aid of racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Eleven defendants are charged in the racketeering indictment; two others are charged individually, one with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, the other with unlawful possession of a firearm. A state grand jury in Canyon County indicted 18 people on March 9 for recruiting criminal gang members. More »

Man Arrested on Federal Charges of Threatening to Kill a Judge and His Family

March 11, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Lonnie G. Vernon of Salcha, Alaska, was arrested on charges that he threatened to kill a Federal District Judge in Alaska and his family, in retaliation for and on account of the performance of the judge’s official duties. More »

Felon Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Using Infant Son as Shield in Armed Confrontation with Sheriff’s Deputies

March 11, 2011

Saying he was surprised no one was shot or hurt in a volatile situation, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez sentenced PANHNHA KEO TANG, 32, of Seattle to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Martinez imposed a sentence above the guidelines range saying TANG is a dangerous individual, and the long prison sentence was necessary to protect the public. More »

Wapato Man Sentenced to 150 Months Imprisonment for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Firearms

March 1, 2011

Yakima – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that James Dean Cloud, age 27, of Wapato, Washington, was sentenced for the crimes of burglary and possession of stolen firearms. James Dean Cloud was sentenced to a term of 150 months imprisonment followed by a term of 3 years of court supervision after he is released from prison. The Defendant has been in federal custody since his arrest on July 21, 2010. More »

Nampa Man Gets 30 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

February 24, 2011

Ronald Robert Ebaugh, 48, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Ebaugh to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and pay a $1,000 fine. Ebaugh agreed to forfeit three firearms and ammunition. He pleaded guilty to the charge on December 6, 2010. More »

Arsonist Sentenced to 11 Years and 6 Months for Retailiating Against a Federal Witness

February 16, 2011

Eugene, Ore. — Cory Joe Gwyn, 33, appeared before United States District Court Judge Ann Aiken, and was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months imprisonment for retaliating against a federal witness by setting fire to his home. More »

Tulalip Tribal Member Sentenced for Illegal Fireworks Dealing

February 11, 2011

LOUIE ROY PABLO, JR., 52, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to two years of federal probation, including four months of confinement on work release and two months of home detention with electronic monitoring, for dealing in explosive materials without a license. PABLO operated a fireworks stand at ‘Boom City’ on the Tulalip Reservation in Snohomish County, Washington. In late June 2009, a search of the stand and a nearby storage container revealed hundreds of powerful illegal fireworks that are classified by federal law as explosives. PABLO later pled guilty to selling these items to the public. More »

Greenleaf Gang Member Sentenced for Transfer of an Unregistered Firearm

February 10, 2011

Zaul Zuniga, 39, of Greenleaf, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for transferring an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Zuniga to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term. Zuniga pled guilty to the charge on October 4, 2010. More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Seattle Handler-Canine Team Helps Arlington Prepare For Game day

January 31, 2011

DALLAS — Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Special Agent Dudley Salmon and K-9 Molly, one of 25 K9 teams, are here to provide security for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. More »

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison

January 31, 2011

Russell Dwayne McNally, 51, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today to 97 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered five years of supervision following McNally’s release from prison. He was also ordered to forfeit three firearms, a shotgun, a .22 revolver and a .45 pistol. McNally pled guilty in September 2010. More »

Anchorage Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

January 31, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 10 years in prison for his convictions of distribution of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and witness tampering. More »

Ketchikan Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Fraud and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

January 27, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Ketchikan man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for his conviction for possessing and using a falsified military discharge record, for misusing a false federal certificate or license, for making false statements in an application for a passport, for using the wires to defraud the Veteran’s Administration, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Canadian Convicted of Illegal Gun Trafficking and Lying to Border Protection Officers

January 26, 2011

OLIVER KING, aka Hamid Malekpour, 35, of Vancouver, BC was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of five counts related to the trafficking and possession of nearly two dozen firearms. KING was arrested May 19, 2010, after he traveled from British Columbia to McMinnville, Oregon and transporting 21 firearms back to the border region. After a five-day trial the jury found KING guilty of unlawful dealing in firearms, being a non-immigrant alien in possession of firearms, and three counts of making false statements to a government agency. Jurors deliberated for about five hours. When sentenced by U.S. District Judge James L. Robart on April 11, 2011, KING faces up to ten years in prison. More »

Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm in Connection with Atttempted Murder

January 21, 2011

>Anchorage, Alaska — United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 110 months in federal prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Mexican National Sentenced for Large Marijuana Grow on Public Lands

January 21, 2011

Leonardo Villasenor-Cesar, 23, was sentenced yesterday to fifteen years in federal prison in connection with a marijuana grow on public lands located in Valley County near the boundary with Boise County during the summer of 2010. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Villasenor-Cesar to forfeit drugs, manufacture materials and firearms. Villasenor-Cesar pled guilty last November to drug manufacturing and firearms possession charges. Villasenor-Cesar is a native of Michoacan, Mexico and had entered the United States illegally. He had been living in the Caldwell, Idaho area. More »

Repeat Pharmacy Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

January 21, 2011

JACOB HARLEY SHOOK, 30, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release for two counts of pharmacy robbery, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. SHOOK was originally charged in state court, but asked to have his case transferred to federal court so that he could take advantage of drug treatment and rehabilitation offerings in federal prison and with the federal probation system. More »

Nampa Gang Member Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

January 4, 2011

Emiliano Tito Cortez, 26, a member of the Northside gang, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge to 24 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Cortez pled guilty to the charge on October 4, 2010. More »