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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fugitive Joseph Frank.

PLANO – A 39-year-old Waxahachie, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for crimes committed in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. According to information presented at trial, on November 23, 2012, Ford was stopped by Plano Police for a traffic offense. During the course of the stop, officers found a multitude of narcotics including methamphetamine and 2,150 grams of GHB (also known as the date rape drug). Ford was also in possession of 2 firearms at the time and had been previously convicted of a felony offense, which also involved GHB and firearms.

SACRAMENTO — Moo Hoon “Steve” Kim, 54, of Cypress, was sentenced today to five years in prison and ordered to pay over $16 million in restitution for mail fraud related to a scheme to avoid paying excise tax on tobacco products, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, between 2006 and 2009, Kim was responsible for bringing over $35 million in untaxed other tobacco products (“OTP”) into California. OTP is any tobacco product other than cigarettes and consists primarily of cigars, chewing tobacco, and leaf tobacco.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Boston Field Division, announced that STAG ARMS LLC, a firearms manufacturer in New Britain, and its former owner and president, MARK MALKOWSKI of Farmington, were sentenced today in Hartford federal court. Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello ordered STAG ARMS to pay a $500,000 fine and MALKOWSKI to serve two years of probation and pay a $100,000 fine.

CHICAGO — The leader of a group of armed drug dealers who sold crack cocaine and heroin on Chicago’s West Side and western suburbs was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for trying to murder a federal informant who was assisting law enforcement.