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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2011

Contact: Agent Mike Campbell

202-648-8021 (Office)

202-327-4195 (Cell)

ATF Washington Field Division Releases Mid-Year Significant Investigations

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.

The men and women of ATF continue their outstanding efforts each and every day to take the ‘worst of the worst’ criminals off our streets so that our citizens and their children can feel safe in their neighborhoods and schools, said Marianos. Working together with our law enforcement partners throughout the region allows us to maximize our limited resources in our mission to reduce violent crime.

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

ATF Enters Investigation Into Historic Virginia Theological Seminary Chapel Fire
October 23, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va.– The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from Falls Church Virginia and Washington DC have entered the investigation into a fire at the Virginia Theological Seminary, located at 3737 Seminary Road, VA. The fire was contained to the historic chapel on the grounds of the Seminary. Initial estimates established a dollar loss of over two million dollars due to the fire. More »

Owner of Fairfax Bar Convicted of Setting Fire to His Business
October 27, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. &nda Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and David Rohr, Fire Chief for the City of Fairfax, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. Aman will face a mandatory minimum period of five years imprisonment and faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment when he is sentenced on Jan. 14, 2011. More »

Fire Investigators Determine Cause of Virginia Theological Seminary Church Fire
October 28, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with agents from the ATF Falls Church Field Division and Alexandria Fire Marshal's Office investigators have completed the on-scene investigation into the cause of the Oct. 22 fire at the chapel located at the Virginia Theological Seminary at 3737 Seminary Rd. More »

Former Police Officer Sentenced On Drug Charges
November 1, 2010

ROANOKE, Va. – Two people, one of them a former police officer, were sentenced this week in separate hearings in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia on charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine

Roanoke Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge
November 3, 2010

ROANOKE, Va. -- This morning in U.S. District Court, a 25-year-old Roanoke man became the seventh defendant involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine to plead guilty.

Stuarts Draft Man Indicted For Parkway Shootings
November 10, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A Stuarts Draft, Va. man has been charged by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville on charges related to two shootings that occurred at the Rock Point Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway on April 5, 2010.

Four Roanoke Men Plead Guilty To Racketeering Charges
December 15, 2010

ROANOKE, Va. – Four members of a criminal organization that operated in Roanoke, Va. since at least 2007, have pled guilty to racketeering charges that stem from their continued organized criminal activity.

District Heights Felon Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison on Drug and Gun Offenses
December 15, 2010

GREENBELT, Md. – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Corenzo Mobery, age 28, of District Heights, Maryland, today to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 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 »

Former Owner of Bridges, Billiards & Grill Sentenced to 60 Months for Arson
January 21, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – 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 »

Roanoke Pair Charged In Superseding Indictment
February 10, 2011

ROANOKE, Va. – A pair of Roanoke residents were indicted this morning by a Federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on charges related to arson, witness tampering and witness harassment.

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 »

Sisters Found Guilty On Drug, Obstruction Charges
March 1, 2011

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Following a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Big Stone Gap, two sisters from Pennington Gap, Va. were found guilty of charges related to drug distribution and obstruction of justice.

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 »

Former Pawn Shop Owner Pleads Guilty
March 14, 2011

HARRISONBURG, Va. – 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 »

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 »

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 »