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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 22, 2009

Contact: Retta Goss

(334) 223-7280

(334) 223-7560 (Fax)

Autaugaville Man Indicted and Detained on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

Montgomery, Alabama - William Walter Ohoro, age 46, of Autaugaville, Alabama, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a four-count indictment for violations of federal drug and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. The indictment charges that on July 28, 2009, Ohoro possessed 17 firearms after being convicted of a felony offense; that he possessed marijuana with intent to distribute, that he possessed methamphetamine, and that he possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Ohoro was arrested and arraigned on the charges on December 10, 2009, in United States District Court in Montgomery, Alabama. At that time Ohoro pled not guilty to all counts and had a lawyer appointed to represent him. After a hearing held on December 14, 2009, a federal magistrate judge ordered Ohoro detained without bond pending trial. At that hearing, the evidence showed that at the time of his arrest on December 10, 2009, police officers found a large quantity of marijuana and methamphetamine at his residence. At the time, Ohoro was already out on bond from pending state court criminal charges.

Trial on the offense was set for February 8, 2009, at the federal courthouse in Montgomery.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.