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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2009

Contact: Special Agent Mike Campbell

Office: (202) 648-8021

Cell: (202) 327-4195

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Top Investigations of 2008 (Eastern Judicial District of Virginia/Washington D.C. Cases)

WASHINGTON — Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division (WFD), released the list of top investigations undertaken during 2008. The Washington Field Division covers Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Virginia, and seven counties in the panhandle of West Virginia.

Domenech said, The investigations below highlight the work that the men and women of ATF do each and every day with our law enforcement partners in our fight against violent crime. Our goal is to take the worst of the worst criminals off the streets so our citizens and their children can feel safe in their neighborhoods.

The investigations listed below were prosecuted out of the U.S. Attorney’s offices in the Eastern District of Virginia and Washington DC. A separate release highlights investigations prosecuted out of the Western District of Virginia.

Three Individuals Indicted in Murder-for-Hire of Navy Officer — 02/22/08

Catherina Rose Voss, 32, and Michael Anthony Eric Draven, 27, both of Newport News, and David Anthony Runyon, 37, of Morgantown, West Virginia, were indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2008, on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Murder for Hire; Carjacking Resulting in Death; Bank Robbery Resulting in Death; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery Affecting Commerce and Murder with a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence. Full Story –

Newport News Man Sentenced on Robbery Charges — 03/05/08

Shaun Johnson, age 23, of Newport News, Virginia, was sentenced to 36 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and fined $300.00. Johnson pleaded guilty on October 31, 2007 to one count of robbery, brandishing a firearm in that robbery, and using a firearm in a drug trafficking offense. Full Story –

Manassas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charges — 03/14/08

Christopher S. Compton, 41, of Manassas, Virginia, pled guilty on Thursday, March 13, to possessing and transferring machineguns in violation of federal law.Full Story – 04/17/08Maryland Residents Convicted for Virginia Armed RobberiesMarshall Monroe, James Edward Tyer, and Christopher Rondell Rogers, all residents of Maryland, were convicted by a federal jury in connection with a series of armed robberies committed on October 28 and 30, 2007, in Fairfax and Arlington Counties. Full Story –

Two Current U.S. Navy Service members, Two Former U.S. Navy Service members and One Other Indicted on Conspiracy to Violate the Firearm and Controlled Substance Laws — 04/24/08

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Sentencing in Conspiracy to Burglarize Local Firearms Dealers — 05/16/08

Michael Wayne Lewis, II, 30, of Front Royal, Virginia, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison after pleading guilty on February 26, 2008 to conspiracy, sale of stolen firearms, and using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime. Full Story –

“Operation Highway Men” Update: Defendant Sentenced to 211 Months on Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges — 05/23/08

Johnny Patrick Meinen, age 23, of Triangle, Virginia, was sentenced to 211 months in prison, and followed by 5 years of supervised release. Meinen pled guilty on March 7, 2008, to conspiring with others from summer 2005 to February 2008 to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and maintain a drug-involved premise. Meinen also pled guilty to possessing a firearm during an attempted drug deal on the day of his arrest.Meinen represents the 75th federal defendant to be sentenced in the second phase of “Operation Highway Men,” an ATF-led Task Force investigation targeting gun and drug traffickers in the eastern area of Prince William County. Full Story –

Defendants Sentenced in Violent Home Invasion Case — 05/30/08

Cameron Clayton, age 37; Charles Ruffin, age 26; and Marcus Crawley, age 25, all of Petersburg, Virginia were sentenced on charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence Full Story –

Newport News Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life plus 105 Years in Federal Prison — 06/09/08

Robert Ronald Gibson, 26, was sentenced to life, plus 105 years, in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack, discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possessing firearms as a convicted felon, and ten other federal crimes. Full Story –

Newport News Man Found Guilty on Drug, Gun, and Robbery Charges — 06/11/08

Romaine Short, age 29, of Newport News, Virginia, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Cocaine Base, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, Conspiracy to Obstruct, Affect and Delay Commerce by Robbery, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Robbery Affecting Commerce, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. On October 10, 2008, Short was sentenced to life plus five years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release. Full Story – &

Five Individuals Charged With Federal Narcotics — 06/11/08

Trafficking and Interstate Transportation of Stolen GoodsFive individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in two separate indictments with drug trafficking and interstate transportation of stolen goods charges. Full Story –

Federal Firearms Licensee Has License Revoked — 06/30/08

A Virginia Federal Firearms Licensee had their license revoked for failure to comply with the Gun Control Act. ATF Investigators discovered that the licensee was unable to account for 261 missing firearms from their inventory, improperly completed their Acquisition and Disposition Book, failed to report 28 instances of multiple firearms sales, and completed sales to buyers that indicated that they were a prohibited person. A total of 259 firearms sold by the licensee were subjects of firearms traces, with 33 of these traces being unsuccessfully completed.

Former Navy SEAL Sentenced on Firearms Charges — 07/02/08

Elbert Tillman, Jr., age 35, of Suffolk, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a person who is an unlawful user of a controlled substance and possession of firearms not registered to him in the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record. Full Story –

Fifteen Individuals Charged In Contraband Cigarette Trafficking, Money Laundering, Identification Fraud, and Identity Theft Schemes — 07/17/08

Fifteen individuals have been charged in nine separate criminal complaints involving overlapping contraband cigarette trafficking, money laundering, and identification fraud and identity theft schemes. Full Story –

Uncle and Nephew Pair Indicted in Series of Armed Robberies — 08/13/08

Michael Gray, age 37, and his nephew, Dante Lorenzo Gray, age 22, both residents of Maryland, were indicted by a federal grand jury today for conspiracy, eight counts of robbery, and eight counts of using a firearm in connection with each of those robberies. Full Story –

Bowie Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing 34 Guns — 09/03/08

Michael A. Henderson, age 22, of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty to possessing and selling stolen firearms, and stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Full Story –

Serial Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty — 09/08/08

Kevin Ellis, age 22, of Petersburg, Virginia, pled guilty today to two counts of Possessing and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence and one count of Robbery. Full Story –

Former College Student Pleads Guilty to Stealing Firearms — 09/11/08

Leon Waddy, age 22, of Washington DC, pled guilty to theft of firearms and possession of stolen firearms. Waddy and Michael Henderson burglarized a gun store in Hanover Virginia and brought the firearms to the District of Columbia and sold them to drug dealers. Full Story –

Woodbridge Men Sentenced for Arson of Two Businesses — 09/12/08

Robert Williams, age 34, and Santiago Ravens, age 20, both of Woodbridge, Virginia, were sentenced after both pled guilty to arson in connection with a burglary of two businesses on Route 1 in Prince William County, Virginia. Full Story –

Portsmouth Man Charged with Robbery and Carjacking Pleads Guilty — 09/17/08

Roderick Allen Cotton, Jr., age 21, of Portsmouth, Virginia, pled guilty in United States District Court to interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Full Story –

Maryland Residents Sentenced in Series of Virginia Armed Robberies — 10/09/08

Marshall Monroe, James Edward Tyer and Christopher Rondell Rogers, all residents of Maryland, were sentenced for their convictions in a series of armed robberies committed on October 28 and 30, 2007, in Fairfax and Arlington Counties. Monroe and Tyer were each sentenced to 25 years and Rogers to 20 years. Full Story –

Newport News Man Sentenced on Carjacking Charge — 11/12/08

Jamal Robert Gray was sentenced to 60 months in prison for armed car jacking, followed by 84 months in prison for use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Full Story –

Newport News Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder for Hire in Death of Naval Officer — 11/14/08

Catherina Rose Voss was sentenced to life in prison after having pled guilty on July 18, 2008, to conspiracy to commit murder for hire; carjacking resulting in death; bank robbery resulting in death; conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce, and murder with a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Full Story –

Arizona Man Convicted of Multiple Charges in Connection with Good Guys Club Fire — 11/21/08

Vasile Graure was found guilty after a jury trial on multiple charges in connection with his commission of a near-fatal assault and arson at Good Guys Club, 2311 Wisconsin Avenue NW, in Washington DC, on November 3, 2007. Full Story –

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