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Eleven Men Arrested for Cocaine, Firearms Trafficking in Manassas, Fairfax County

December 1, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eleven men were arrested yesterday as part of an ongoing, three-year investigation of interconnected cocaine and firearm distributors largely operating out of Manassas and Fairfax County, Va. To date, more than 60 individuals have been charged since the operation’s inception in 2009.More »

Alexandria Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Victim at Gunpoint After iPhone Sale Ad

November 16, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Deshawn Derr, 25, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty today to robbing a victim at gunpoint of $2,500 in cash, after the man arrived at a pre–arranged location responding to an advertisement placed on Craigslist.org purporting to sell Apple iPhones.More »

District Man Pleads Guilty to Series of Arsons in Densely Populated City Neighborhoods

November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON — Maurice Dews, 27, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to five counts of arson and other charges for starting a series of fires in the District of Columbia over a period of 3 ½ years that ended with his arrest last summer.More »

Members of Cigarette Trafficking Conspiracy Indicted

November 3, 2011

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA — A Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg has indicted dozens of individuals for conspiring to traffic in contraband cigarettes, money laundering and a variety of related charges.More »

Wise County Resident Sentenced to 210 Months Imprisonment for Oxycontin Distribution

September 27, 2011

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that Stephen Riggs, 36, of Big Stone Gap, Va. was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to serve more than seventeen years in prison for his involvement in drug distribution in Southwest Virginia.More »

Six Men Sentenced for Attempted Armed Robbery

July 22, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Six men from Philadelphia have been sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison for conspiring to conduct an armed home invasion robbery of a drug stash house in Fairfax County.More »

ATF/NOBLE Honor First African American Federal Law Enforcement Officer Killed in Line of Duty – 128 Years after Death

July 18, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today posthumously presented its Gold Star Medal to William Henderson Foote, the first African American federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Foote, who served as a post–Reconstruction Era deputy collector with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), an ATF legacy agency, was honored during the annual conference of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in Lexington, Ky., 128 years after his death. ATF’s Acting Director Kenneth Melson, NOBLE’s Executive Director Jessie Lee, and members of the Foote family were in attendance. Foote’s grandniece, Dr. Bettye Gardner, a professor of African American history at Coppin State University, Baltimore, accepted the award.More »

Group Indicted for Contraband Cigarette Trafficking

July 14, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA — The owner of a Citgo gas station in Fredericksburg, Va, two of his employees and a man from the Bronx, N.Y., were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville this week on charges related to an alleged contraband cigarette conspiracy they organized.More »

ATF Graduates Hart Middle School Students and Marks 20th Anniversary of DOJ G.R.E.A.T. Program

June 3, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Hart Middle School today announced the graduation of 40 Hart Middle School students from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Gang Resistance Education And Training, G.R.E.A.T.., program as the program marks its 20th anniversary. ATF Acting Assistant Director Audrey Stucko, Office of Human Resources and Professional Development; Hart Principal Billy Kearney; Assistant Chief Rodney Parks, Metropolitan Police Department; the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and others provided remarks.More »

Houser and NTC Team Named Finalist for Heyman Service to America Medal

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — ATF National Tracing Center Chief Charles Houser and the NTC team was named one of 34 finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal winners at the Partnership for Public Service breakfast on Capitol Hill May 5. The finalists were honored during the May 1–7 Public Service Recognition Week by the Partnership for Public Service in celebrating excellence in our federal civil service.More »

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Mid-Year Significant Investigations

April 29, 2011

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Rich Marianos released a list of the top investigations undertaken during the first half of fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010-March 31, 2011) Friday. The Washington Field Division covers Washington DC, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and seven counties in the panhandle of West Virginia.More »

Newport News Man Convicted of Murdering Hardee’s Employee

April 20, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Anthony Lee Wainwright, 26, of Newport News, Va., was convicted by a federal jury of murdering an employee of a Newport News Hardee’s restaurant during an armed robbery. Two conspirators – Henry Lee Stapleton, 24, and Michael Johnson Jr., 23, — previously pled guilty to their roles in the robbery and fatal shooting.More »

Outlaws Motorcycle National President Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

April 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – The national president of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for leading a violent criminal organization.More »

Six Convicted of Attempting Armed Robbery of Drug Trafficker

March 18, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Six men from Philadelphia were convicted today of conspiring to conduct an armed home invasion robbery of a drug stash house in Fairfax County.More »

Former Pawn Shop Ownder Pleads Guilty

March 14, 2011

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA — The former owner of a Front Royal pawn shop pled guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville to charges related to the illegal sale of firearms.More »

Manassas Men Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Murder, Drug Trafficking

March 11, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Three men from Manassas, Va., were each sentenced today to 50 years in prison for using firearms to murder a man they believed had robbed them of drugs and money earned through their drug trafficking operation. More »

District Man Convicted of Second Degree Murder

February 28, 2011

WASHINGTON – Julius Johnson, 24, of Washington, D.C., has been convicted of second degree murder and other charges in a slaying that took place in August 2005 in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. More »

Former Owner of Bridges, Billiards & Grill Sentenced to 60 Months for Arson

January 21, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Ajmal A. Aman, 29, of Herndon, Virginia, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for intentionally setting fire to Bridges, Billiards & Grill, a bar located in Fairfax City, Virginia. In addition Aman was ordered to pay $742,790 in restitution for the damage caused to the victims of the fire. More »

Twenty-Five Charged with Drug, Firearm Trafficking in Manassas

January 20, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Twenty-five individuals allegedly involved in drug and firearm trafficking in Manassas, Va., were charged in federal court following a two-year investigation by federal and local law enforcement intent on penetrating drug distribution and crime networks in Manassas. More than 20 individuals were also charged today on state offenses as a result of this investigation. More »