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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Jamaal Abu Talib Hameen (59, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A jury had found Hameen guilty on March 1, 2019. 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that a federal grand jury, sitting in Madison, returned an indictment yesterday charging Martin W. Curlee, Jr., 38, La Crosse, Wisconsin, with a gun crime.

The indictment alleges that Curlee was a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. It alleges that he possessed a loaded 9mm handgun and 9mm ammunition on October 8, 2019.

SOUTH BEND – Eric R. Weiler, 46, of LaPorte, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after entering a plea of guilty to production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and making a destructive device, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 Weiler was sentenced to 720 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay 26,250 in restitution.   

A Latin Counts gang member was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider, Special Agent in Charge James Deir of the ATF’s Detroit Division, and Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced James Bernard Kennedy (46, Jacksonville) to seven years and four months in federal prison for distributing cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine).

Kennedy had pleaded guilty on June 26, 2019.

DAYTON – The owner of a Springfield gun store whose falsified records showed he was selling guns to a deceased individual was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 18 months in prison.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second of two Columbus men who murdered, tortured, assaulted and intimidated people as part of their drug-distribution conspiracy was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 365 months in prison.

Michael J. Favors, 27, of Columbus, was sentenced for conspiring to murder two potential witnesses and on related drug charges.

SOUTH BEND - Zachary Adams, age 34, of Mishawaka, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for felon in possession, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Adams was sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal jury convicted a Bessemer man, of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against ANTONIO DEMETRIUS ROGERS, 45, on October 16, 2019, after a single day of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.  His sentencing date has not yet been set. 

RICHMOND, Va. – A Petersburg man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for trafficking narcotics and firearms.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Sabrina Nicole Hoffa (40, Jacksonville) to eight years and four months in federal prison and Jeffrey Allen Mays (38, Jacksonville) to six years and three months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine. The court also ordered Hoffa and Mays to forfeit $1,265 in U.S.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C.

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Sebastian Denton Zayas (30, Orlando) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. 

Denton had pleaded guilty on July 22, 2019.

SAVANNAH, GA:  Three Savannah men will spend a total of nearly 34 years in federal prison after sentencing for a drug trafficking conspiracy and firearms crimes discovered after a high-speed chase with Georgia state troopers.

FORT WAYNE – Billy Harris, age 38, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Harris was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

SANTA ANA, California – Law enforcement has arrested six Orange County residents charged in an indictment alleging three defendants conspired to traffic more than two dozen firearms – including 12-gauge shotguns and AR-style rifles – while other defendants, including a convicted sex offender, illegally possessed firearms and ammunition.

WASHINGTON – Seven people have been arrested on federal charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into the distribution of narcotics and the possession of firearms in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. To date, large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base (crack) have been seized as a result of the investigation, along with six firearms.

FORT WAYNE – Juan Williams, age 31, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Williams was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal jury convicted a Tuscaloosa man of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against Larry Leon Bryant, 33, on October 8th, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.  His sentencing is scheduled for February 27, 2020.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jeffery L. Barnett, 49, of Winchester was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for the possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

PEORIA, Ill. B U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid today sentenced three defendants to prison terms for possession of guns as felons. The cases are separate and unrelated, but all involve illegal weapons in the Quad City area.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on October 7, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vincent Battese, age 33, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.

Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2018. He pled guilty on July 16, 2019.

Memphis, TN – U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant and 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson announced today that the first phase of a joint federal, state and local law enforcement anti-violence initiative has resulted in the federal indictments of six individuals from Tipton County, TN. The agencies participating in the initiative include the U.S.

Memphis, TN – U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant and 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson announced today that the first phase of a joint federal, state and local law enforcement anti-violence initiative has resulted in the federal indictments of six individuals from Tipton County, TN. The agencies participating in the initiative include the U.S.

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Today, Oscar Martínez-Hernández, a.k.a. "Cali;" was sentenced by US District Court Chief Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí for the of the murder of Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati-Casañas, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow. Lieutenant Albarati was murdered on February 26, 2013. On September 20, 2018, Martínez-Hernández was found guilty after an 11-day jury trial.

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Richard D. Williams, 41, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

STATESVILLE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down the statutory maximum prison sentence of 10 years to Antonio Carnell White, for illegally possessing multiple firearms, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. White, 29, of Hickory, N.C., was also ordered to serve two years under court supervision after he is released from prison.

WILMINGTON, Del. – United States Attorney David C. Weiss announced that Kenneth Holland, 49, of Dover, was sentenced on September 23, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika to 110 months in federal prison for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Joseph Laroche, age 36, was sentenced on October 1, 2019, to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

BANGOR, Maine:  A Trenton, Maine man was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Timothy Levesque, 53, to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Levesque pleaded guilty on December 18, 2018.

BANGOR, Maine:  An Eastport man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Bangor for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Daniel B. Boone, Sr., 49, to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. Boone pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019.

MADISON, WIS. – Federal, state, and local officials announced that 16 people have been charged with drug crimes following a long-term investigation of methamphetamine distribution in the Wausau, Wisconsin area. 

The charges were announced today by Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul; Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon; FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Hughes; Wausau Police Chief Benjamin Bliven; Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks; and Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Schneider. 

PIKEVILLE, Ky.- A Millstone, Kentucky, man, who previously admitted to distributing cocaine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced Friday to 140 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Wier sentenced Charles Perry Jr, 56, for distributing cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm. Perry pleaded guilty June 7, 2019.

Under federal law, Perry must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of MARCUS ANTHONY MATTOX, 25, for illegally possessing a firearm. The jury found MATTOX guilty following a four-day trial before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Antonio Laver Jones, 33, of Three Rivers, was arrested without incident on October 3 on a federal complaint for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in prison. The arrest was the result of coordinated efforts between the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET), the Southwest Enforcement East and South Teams (SWET), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

ROCKFORD —A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey to a total of 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release on firearms charges. KYLAND WILLIS, 21, who was charged in two separate cases, pleaded guilty on June 28, 2019 to conspiracy to steal firearms from a licensed firearms dealer and two counts of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today in federal court in Boston for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Elvis R. Abinader, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Abinader was initially charged by criminal complaint and has been in custody since Sept. 10, 2019. 

LITTLE ROCK— Two Camden men have been charged with robbing a gas station and attempting to rob a pawn shop and killing the shop’s owner. A federal grand jury has charged Daryl Strickland, Jr., 22, and Rodney Tyrone Henry, 22, following the November 2018 robbery of the Alon Gas Station and the attempted robbery of the Wise Buck Pawn Shop, both in Pine Bluff. The indictment alleges that Strickland and Henry caused the death of Brandon McHan, who owned the pawn shop.

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Harvery Booker, 54, was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by a 3 year term of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Greenbelt, Maryland –Christopher Paul Hasson, age 50, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Maryland to four federal charges, including unlawful possession of unregistered silencers, unlawful possession of firearm silencers unidentified by serial number, possession of firearms by an addict to and unlawful user of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance. Hasson was arrested on related charges on February 15, 2019, and has been detained since his arrest.

CINCINNATI – Dayvon Cook, 25, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 64 months in prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of a felony crime.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.

LEXINGTON, Ky.— A Lexington man was indicted Thursday for robbing several Lexington businesses.

A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment charging 54-year-old Jackie B. Love with five counts of robbery.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man was sentenced yesterday to over seven years in prison after for distributing cocaine and heroin in Hampton Roads.

According to court documents, in May a federal jury convicted Erick Allen Osby, 24, of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

SOUTH BEND - Quonzee Merriweather, age 25, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, said U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Merriweather was sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a two-year $317,422 grant to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office (MCDAO) and the City of Milwaukee through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The grant is intended to reduce the level of firearm-related violence in Milwaukee through the creation of a Community Victim Witness Program.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY DUNCAN, also known as “Heavy D,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearm.

Greenbelt, Maryland – James Robert Dorsey III, age 29, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The guilty plea was entered on October 2, 2019.  

NEWARK, N.J. – Seventeen people have been charged for their roles as members and associates of a Paterson-based street gang involved in the distribution of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Nine defendants were arrested today and seven were already in state custody. One defendant remains at large. Those arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court. (See chart below.)

BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced in federal court in Boston today in connection to his role in a firearms, narcotics and money laundering conspiracy.

CHICAGO — Federal law enforcement seized more than 14 kilograms of cocaine and 15 firearms as part of an investigation that dismantled a Texas-to-Chicago narcotics pipeline and resulted in charges against ten defendants.

During the investigation, dubbed “Operation Grapevine,” authorities shut down a drug stash house in a lakefront condominium in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to the cocaine and guns, law enforcement seized approximately $215,000 in cash, and gold and diamond jewelry with an estimated value of more than $30,000.

Two people from Toledo were indicted in federal court on firearms crimes.

Xavier Zjordonel Tate, 35, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Tate allegedly possessed an American Pride AR-15 and 30 rounds of ammunition on September 2, despite a previous conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the indictment.

WILMINGTON, Del. – Subree Waterman, 38, of Wilmington, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark to five years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents, over the course of several months between March and June 2018, Waterman distributed crack on at least seven different occasions. Video of one transaction showed Waterman removing 42 grams of crack from plastic baggies, weighing the crack on a digital scale, taking $1,875 in exchange, and smiling and laughing as he counted the money.

BOSTON – A Worcester man was indicted today for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Lawrence Rutherford, 37, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Rutherford was arrested on Sept. 6, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint.

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Naysaan Austin, 23, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Austin was arrested on Sept. 19, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on September 26, 2019, Joshua J. Klein (age: 38) of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 225 months’ imprisonment for firearm and drug offenses. Klein was also ordered to serve 5 years’ supervised release after his prison sentence.

NEWARK, N.J. – One of 17 defendants arrested in connection with a Newark street gang known as the “Famous Boyz” today admitted distributing narcotics as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Ibn Saadiq, a/k/a “Zero,” 22, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He is the seventh defendant to plead guilty in the case so far.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 2, 2019 – Kedrick Ross, 27, of Nashville, Tennessee, was charged today with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

SOUTH BEND - Lonnie Painter, age 57, of Osceola, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Painter was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally selling firearms without a license, some of which have been seized during arrests at several crime scenes.

Frank E. Hedden, 25, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license.

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jose Mario Moreno Parada (37, Naples) to eight years and four months in federal prison for smuggling goods from the United States, possessing firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and making false statements to federal agents. The court also ordered Parada to forfeit the firearms involved in the offenses. 

Parada had pleaded guilty on May 10, 2019. 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAMAR SMITH, also known as “JT,” 37, of Bridgeport, and JOHN FLANNERY, III, 29, of East Hartford, have been charged with various federal offenses related to the straw purchases of firearms.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jarriet Rascoe, a 32 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was found guilty of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.  The trial was held on September 6, 2019.  

SANTA ANA, California – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) working together with local law enforcement arrested two individuals yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging them with committing and attempting 21 early-morning burglaries of collectible coin and precious metal stores, along with a federal firearms licensee in Southern California and Nevada in 10 weeks, netting more than $292,000 in stolen coins and merchandise.

FRESNO, Calif. — Alexis Sanchez, 20, of Kettleman City, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics and conspiring to traffic in firearms by an unlicensed person, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A New York man was sentenced here in U.S. District Court to 36 months in prison and fined $30,000 for conspiring to illegally purchase firearms.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the sentence handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

FRESNO, Calif. — Today, a federal jury in Fresno convicted two defendants for assisting in an effort to help Paulo Virgen Mendoza’s escape from California to Mexico after he allegedly killed Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh during a traffic stop, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

SEATTLE – One of two men who robbed a marijuana store at gunpoint was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 138 months in prison and five years of supervised release for three federal felonies. ERIC HENRY WOODBERRY, 23, was convicted in June 2019, of robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Richard A.

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Birmingham man for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Speedway, Indiana, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Jerome Scott King, 20, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 14 years in federal prison without parole.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.

NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson, New Jersey, man with a prior felony conviction has been arrested for illegally selling 11 firearms for over $8,000, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Floyd Henry, a/k/a “HK,” 34, was arrested Sept. 25, 2019, on a complaint charging him with one count of illegally engaging in the business of dealing in firearms and three counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Henry had his initial appearance Sept. 26, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court and was detained without bail.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Alexandria woman pleaded guilty today to straw purchasing multiple firearms.

According to court documents, Joni Maria Metcalf, 34, straw purchased five firearms from federal firearm licensees on behalf of a man she was dating at the time and his friend. These individuals provided Metcalf with money and instructions on how to purchase the firearms. Police in Washington, D.C. recovered one of the illegally purchased firearms from her boyfriend’s friend, 11 days after Metcalf straw purchased the firearm.

BOSTON – A Brockton man was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Clive McFarlane, 36, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced James Edward Phillips, III (45, Jacksonville) to 10 years in federal prison for selling cocaine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Phillips had pleaded guilty on June 11, 2019.

TRENTON, N.J. – Federal criminal charges have been filed against 31 individuals for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of multiple drug-trafficking conspiracies that distributed cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin in the Burlington County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against SEQUANA CIGOLO, 38, and JASON LYNNDROTTI WINSTON, 48, for their roles in illegally supplying a firearm that was used in multiple shootings in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois1. CIGOLO and WINSTON were arrested on September 25, 2019. They will make their initial appearances today at 2:00 pm before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BOSTON – An Ashburnham man was arrested yesterday in federal court in Worcester and charged with a federal firearms offense. 

Terrick Bishoff, 38, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of unlawful possession or transfer of a machine gun. Bishoff was detained pending a probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Sept. 27, 2019.

As alleged in charging documents, Bishoff sold a machine gun without a serial number to an individual in Fitchburg on May 15, 2019. In return, the individual paid Bishoff $2,500.

A Cleveland man was sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally having ammunition.

A jury in June convicted Joshua Walker, 34, of one count being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Walker possessed 9 mm Luger shell casings on October 25, 2017, before and during an altercation at a Cleveland bar where Walker shot and killed someone, according to trial testimony.

Walker was prohibited from having the ammunition because of a previous conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to the trial testimony.

BOSTON – A Templeton man was arrested yesterday and charged with federal firearms offenses.

John Shaw, 30, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm not identified by serial number. Shaw was detained following an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester.

FORT WAYNE – Brandon Buchanan, age 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady upon his plea of guilty for maintaining a drug-involved premises and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Buchanan was sentenced to 117 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release.  

FORT WAYNE – Jermesha Davis, age 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Davis was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Jason Kiser, age 40, of Taneytown, Maryland, to eight years in federal prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, for witness retaliation and illegal possession of firearms.  Kiser admitted that he burned the vehicle of an individual in retaliation for that person providing information to law enforcement concerning Kiser’s illegal possession of firearms.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for firearm and witness tampering crimes.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that DAMIEN GARCIA, 32, and LAWRENCE McEWEN, 37, both of Vernon, have been charged by federal criminal complaint with firearm offenses related to the theft of guns from a Stafford pawn shop on September 14.

SAN DIEGO – Fady Esho, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 30 years in prison for his aggravated role in a drug distribution conspiracy as well as his participation in an attempted armed robbery ordered by the Mexican Mafia.

The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI-led Violent Crimes Task Force, Gang Group (VCTF-GG) into drug trafficking, firearms and violent crimes being committed by certain gang members and their associates in San Diego.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting the straw purchase of multiple firearms.

ROCKFORD —A Rockford, Ill., woman was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 34 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for selling and disposing of a firearm to a person she knew was a felon. JASMINE C. TURNER, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge on June 12, 2019. According to the written plea agreement Turner purchased a Glock .45 caliber pistol and a Diamondback 5.56 caliber pistol in May 2017 for an individual who was her boyfriend at the time.

BOSTON – Kyvon Ross, a/k/a Ky-von Ross, 20, of Boston, was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The indictment alleges that Ross possessed a Beretta .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition on May 31, 2019, in Boston. Ross was subsequently arrested and has been in custody since. Federal law prohibits Ross from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior felony conviction.

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that John Bennett Roof, Jr., a/k/a “Brent Roof,” a/k/a “Ice Man”, age 34, of Chester, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  Following the term of imprisonment, Roof will remain on federal supervised release for an additional 3 years.  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia imposed the sentence.

SOUTH BEND – Jerry Harris, age 28, of South Bend, Indiana and David Gibson, age 46, of Chicago, Illinois were found guilty, late September 19th, after a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

  • 67 violent felony fugitives arrested in weeklong operation
  • More than 650 guns taken off the streets in Rapid City since January 2018
  • Gun-related prosecutions have increased 50 percent District-wide
  • Shootings in Rapid City have declined dramatically since January 2018

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Allen Pernell Branch (32, Jacksonville) to five years and six months in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine. Branch’s brother, Brian Nathaniel Branch (33, Jacksonville), was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Allen Branch had pleaded guilty on April 23, 2019, and Brian Branch had pleaded guilty on June 10, 2019.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Dennis Pulley, a/k/a Denmo, age 31, of Baltimore, to 35 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG), as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as drug trafficking and witness intimidation.

CONCORD - Ryan Burns, 39, of Nashua, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Scott W. Murray.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 4, 2018, Burns purchased a .45 caliber firearm from an undercover federal enforcement officer for $100 cash, a box of .22 caliber ammunition, and an antique firearm. As explained in court documents and stated during the hearing, Ryan’s possession of the gun was unlawful due a previous involuntary commitment to a mental health facility.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of LORENZO EUGENE HEARD JR., 38, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. HEARD entered his guilty plea on September 19, 2019, before Judge David S. Doty, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of LORENZO EUGENE HEARD JR., 38, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. HEARD entered his guilty plea on September 19, 2019, before Judge David S. Doty, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment yesterday against Dave Perkins Jr., 58, of Sacramento, charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Perkins was found in possession of a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver. Perkins is a previously convicted felon and is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A St. Louis, Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking and illegally possessing and discharging a firearm in Newton County, Missouri.

E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr., 46, was charged in a four-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Missouri, on Aug. 20, 2019. That indictment has been unsealed and made public.

FRESNO, Calif. — Three members of the Modesto Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, including the Club's Vice President and Secretary, were charged yesterday in four separate indictments, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Hell's Angels Vice President Michael Shafer, 31, of Modesto, was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, conspiring to distribute heroin, distribution of marijuana, and two counts of use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two Washington, D.C. area men were sentenced to nearly four years in prison combined for their roles in a firearm trafficking conspiracy.

BOSTON – A Boston man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Naysaan Austin, 23, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Austin was detained yesterday following an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley.

DAYTON – Gabriel Newman, 36, of Dayton was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 months in prison for possessing an AR-15 assault-style rifle at a home where he was dealing illegal drugs.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl announced the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David Hill, 39, Edgerton, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to four years in federal prison for or unlawfully possessing five firearms as a convicted felon. Hill pleaded guilty to this charge on July 3, 2019. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A trade show worker who pleaded guilty to stealing 65 firearms (including machine guns and silencers) from the 2019 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show in Las Vegas was sentenced today to two years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich of the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

CONCORD – Darrius Weekly, 25, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing cocaine base, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 17, 2018 and November 7, 2018, law enforcement officers made five separate controlled purchases of cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine) from Weekly in and around Manchester.

Weekly is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10, 2020.

SAN DIEGO – Eight indictments were unsealed today in San Diego federal court charging 85 members of drug distribution networks linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, with federal drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses.

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Randolph Bourgoin, III, 32, of Millinocket, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Lance E. Walker to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for theft of a firearm from a federally licensed dealer. He was also ordered to pay $430 in restitution. Bourgoin pleaded guilty on April 3, 2019.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Marcus Antoine Bivins, 30, of Monroeville, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court on two charges—carjacking and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Bivins pled guilty to the charges in May of 2019. 

FORT WAYNE – Adonnis Carswell, age 34, of New Haven, Indiana was found guilty by a jury on 4 counts as charged in a Superseding Indictment; maintaining a drug involved premises, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady, presided over this four day jury trial.

SOUTH BEND - Nehemiah Felders, age 29, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Mr. Felders was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

Baltimore, Maryland – Devon Denzel Thompson, age 26, of Woodlawn, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute three kilograms of fentanyl.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Chief Melissa R. Hyatt of the Baltimore County Police Department.

CONCORD - Julion Adamski Parker, a/k/a Julian Iden Lima, 27, of Chester, was sentenced to time served (approximately 16 months) and fined $1,000 for violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

Madison Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms

Sean P. Okray, 48, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.  The indictment alleges that on August 23, 2019, he possessed a 9mm pistol and a .380 caliber pistol. 

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Richmond man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the indictment, in May 2017, Travis Aaron Ball aka “Wiz,” 30, possessed a .25 caliber firearm after previously being convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. 

TRENTON, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was convicted today of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rasheed McNair, 40, of Ewing, New Jersey, was convicted following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court. The jury deliberated for less than one hour before returning the guilty verdict.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY MORALES, 30, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

ATF Seeking Identification of Suspect in 2013 Gun Store Theft

FRESNO, Calif. — Bert Harris, 38, of Fresno, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 10 years and three months in prison for using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Victor Williams, 40, Melrose, Wisconsin has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and with four counts of possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute. 

EUGENE, Ore.—Jon Michael Walsh, 46, of Neskowin, Oregon, was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison and 10 years’ supervised release for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents, in February 2018, Walsh was on post-prison supervision for a 2015 federal firearms conviction, when probation officers conducted a routine search of his vehicle outside a community center and found a stolen loaded pistol and concealed packages of methamphetamine and heroin.

EUGENE, Ore.—Tyler Wayne Fuller, 30, of Madras, Oregon, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for his role in a Central Oregon methamphetamine distribution conspiracy and for robbing a Madras bank.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Staples, Minnesota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Felon and Drug User was sentenced on September 9, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Mark Schmidt, age 54, was sentenced to 5 months in federal prison, followed by 5 months of home confinement, 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Schmidt was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 23, 2019. He pled guilty on June 19, 2019.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – On Sept. 16, 2019, Chief U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow sentenced Matthew Eric Moultrie, 20, of Rock Island, Ill., to seven years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm. Judge Darrow ordered that the federal sentence be served consecutively to two other criminal cases Moultrie has in Rock Island County.

FRESNO, Calif. —Francisco Fernandez, 26, of Earlimart, pleaded guilty Monday to possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Middletown, Delaware, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Tyrone Pratt aka Tyrone Booker, 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on May 8, 2019, Pratt was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition after having already been convicted of at least one crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year.

SAVANNAH, Ga:  A Savannah man has received the maximum federal prison sentence after his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Rashaaud K. Garrett, 21, of Flint was sentenced on September 12, 2019 to 135 months (11¼ years) in federal prison following his conviction for interference with commerce by robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today. 

Schneider was joined in the announcement by James Deir, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Detroit Field Division.

HARRISBURG-The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that on September 11, 2019 Qushawn Brown, age 28, Wesley Garner, age 25, and Anderson Ortiz, age 20, of Harrisburg, were indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed the defendants are charged with operating a drug trafficking conspiracy from 2018 to August 2019 that distributed crack cocaine and heroin.

NORFOLK, Va. – Over 100 law enforcement agents, officers, and other personnel executed Operation High Tide this week, which resulted in a series of arrests of individuals allegedly involved in selling drugs and guns in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Alexander Monday Coleman, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 16 years in federal prison without parole. Coleman was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A St. Joseph, Missouri, man has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing 15 firearms.

Bryan R. Harshman, 39, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, Sept. 12, with being a felon in possession of firearms. Harshman remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Beckley man was sentenced on federal drug and gun charges, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Derrick Mitchell, 30, was sentenced to 96 months in prison for distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Beckley/Raleigh County Drug Task Force.

CONCORD – Nicholas Messina, 28, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Messina was arrested at a hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire, with fentanyl, cocaine, thousands of dollars, and a loaded firearm. In a post-arrest interview, Messina admitted that he possessed the drugs for distribution.

HAMMOND-Miguel Marines, 25, of East Chicago, Indiana, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Philip P. Simon to 66 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release following his guilty plea to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

According to documents in the case, Marines was held responsible for activity involving at least 2 kilograms but less than 3.5 kilograms of cocaine distributed by the Latin Kings street gang.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 11, 2019 –Pasquala Deshun Walls, 30, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged yesterday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that six defendants appeared in federal court this week for various gun crimes.

“As part of PSN, we’re working hard with ATF and state and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime in our communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Prosecuting violators of federal gun laws is vital to our efforts. Week after week, we take more prohibited persons with guns off our streets and put them behind bars.”

Four men appeared in United States District Court in Charleston on felon in possession charges:

Montgomery, Alabama – Yesterday, Willis Lydell Cogburn, 31, of Ramer, Alabama, was sentenced to 111 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., Troy Police Chief Randall Barr, and ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. Following his prison sentence of just over nine years, he will be subject to five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives participated this week in a multi-agency initiative to apprehend high-risk probation offenders located throughout Vance County.

 ATF joined the U.S. Marshals Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, along with other local law enforcement partners, to conduct a search initiative focused on high-risk probation offenders. The offenders being sought were individuals currently on probation that presented a high risk of continued criminal behaviors.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TORREN BOYD, 38, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded semiautomatic rifle.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 27, 2018, Boyd was arrested in Hartford after he was found in possession of a loaded Hi-Point, Model 995, 9mm rifle.

CONCORD - Daniel Laterowicz, 32, of Ipswich, was sentenced in federal court to 60 months in prison for possession of stolen firearms, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 10, 2018, members of the Salisbury, Massachusetts Police Department responded to a call of a possible car break-in. Salisbury officers later notified the Seabrook Police Department of a possible suspect in the area.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker of the Western District of Michigan sentenced Lansing-area resident Aaron Donquwe Perkins to 15 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Perkins admitted possessing a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, despite having previous convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon and two convictions for delivery/manufacture of controlled substances, all contrary to Michigan law.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was shot by an Independence, Missouri, police officer as he attempted to strike the officer with his truck before leading officers on a high-speed chase, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing a firearm.

Isaiah Fulson-Dewberry, 27, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Fulson-Dewberry on Sept. 3, 2019.

RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JESSE BERNALE STINES, JR., 27, of Raleigh to 151 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On March 18, 2019, STINES pled guilty to one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  A West Hamlin man pled guilty to using Snap Chat to make a bomb threat directed at local high school, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. William Lee McCallister, also known as Kreekchub, 24,  pled guilty to Threatening and Conveying False Information Concerning the Use of an Explosive Device.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced that $750,000 in grant funds have been awarded to the City of Saint Paul to expand its use of the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Saint Paul Field Division. Specifically, the grant provides funding for a crime analyst, a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) technician, a CGIC prosecutor, and training.

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jo’Shwan Danquell Hamilton (26, Fort Myers) to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, distributing controlled substances, and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The court also ordered Hamilton to forfeit a firearm and ammunition.

Hamilton had pleaded guilty on April 25, 2019.

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Lamar Perdue, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 195 months incarceration for drug distribution and firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Nevada, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms and methamphetamine to distribute.

Justin Nolan, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to nine years in federal prison without parole.

On March 13, 2019, Nolan pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

FORT WAYNE- Zackary Galloway, 28, of Portland, Indiana was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Galloway was sentenced to a total of 180 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Purdy, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing methamphetamine to distribute and illegally possessing a firearm.

Guadalupe Urbina-Rodriguez, 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

Urbina-Rodriguez was found guilty at trial on March 26, 2019, of possessing methamphetamine to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings has sentenced Eric Todd, of Louisville, to a sentence of 188 months imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute approximately 230 grams of crystal  methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

Lexington, Ky. – A federal grand jury sitting in London has indicted Douglas M. Edmonson, 36, of Corbin, Kentucky; Dallas Anna Chain Perkins, 25, of Jellico, Tennessee; Bryanna Soper, 25, of Corbin, Kentucky; and Erik Peace, 32, of Corbin, Kentucky for kidnapping.

Columbia, South Carolina -- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Gabrielle Chase Watts, age 35, of Lexington, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia imposed the sentence. After 10 years, Watts will remain under court-ordered supervision for an additional 6 years. There is no parole in the federal system. 

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Terry Alonzo Wilson (53, Tampa) to 25 years in federal prison for planning and carrying out an armed robbery of a Tampa pawnshop. The court also ordered Wilson to forfeit $63,543, which includes the $61,943 in jewelry and $1,600 in cash that Wilson and his co-defendant, Jeremy Williams (35, Miami), had taken from the pawnshop during the robbery.

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Members from the National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Los Angeles Field Division were activated today to join the investigation of the fire that occurred on the dive boat Conception killing 34 people Monday. The fire started in the early morning hours of Labor Day while the ship was anchored off Santa Cruz Island.

A Cleveland man likely faces at least 30 years in prison after he was convicted by a federal jury on firearms and drug charges.

Tyrone Cammon was convicted on one count of using a firearm in relation to drug trafficking, one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to fentanyl analogues and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Dontaveous Benjamin, a 28 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration for possession of three pistols after felony conviction for possession of marijuana.

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Mark Consiglio, 49, of Elsmere, Delaware was sentenced today in federal court in Delaware for his role in detonating a pipe bomb at a home in Elsmere, Delaware.

Ocala, Florida – Daprix Devon Gadson (29, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Gadson, who qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison for the firearm offense and up to 40 years’ imprisonment for the narcotics offense. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Brian Scott Mayle, 40, of Coalton, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 49 months incarceration for possessing an illegal explosive material, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

In July 2016, Mayle who is not a licensee or permittee, received and transported C4 explosive material in Randolph County. He pled guilty to one count of “Receipt and Transfer of Explosive Material without a License” in January 2017.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment today against Jason Raysean Broadbent, 32, of Sacramento, charging him with assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon and various firearms and drug trafficking offenses, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Franklin man pleaded guilty today to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

FORT WAYNE- Wendi Flores aka Wendi Collins, 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Ms. Flores was sentenced to a total of 84 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Jayson Michael Babbitt, 35, of Las Vegas, was charged today by criminal complaint with engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, illegal possession of a machine gun, and making a machine gun in violation of the National Firearms Act, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Babbitt made an initial appearance on the complaint this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Jayson Michael Babbitt, 35, of Las Vegas, was charged today by criminal complaint with engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, illegal possession of a machine gun, and making a machine gun in violation of the National Firearms Act, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Babbitt made an initial appearance on the complaint this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Elayna J. Youchah.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Maryland man with making false statements to acquire firearms.

Baltimore, Maryland – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, along with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, today announced the Baltimore Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force, a new initiative designed to combat violent crime in Baltimore. The mission of the Baltimore OCDETF Strike Force is to disrupt and dismantle the most violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations, and their financial infrastructure, in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael Crockett, Jr., 35, of Buxton, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a felon. Crockett pleaded guilty on March 11, 2019.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A man who lived in Franklin County was sentenced today to 210 months in federal prison for selling drugs and guns to undercover officers, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.  

A gang member involved in several drive-by shootings in Dallas pleaded guilty today to multiple gun and drug charges, announced U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bounmee Thor, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced on August 30 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to six years in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Thor pleaded guilty to the charge on June 28, 2019. 

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Marco Glover (40, Gainesville) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Glover had pleaded guilty on May 21, 2019.

CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted a convicted felon for allegedly illegally possessing more than 50 shotguns, rifles and handguns in his Chicago home.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – On August 30, 2019, Marcellis Means, 23, of Lexington, Kentucky, plead guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) before U.S. Chief Judge Danny C. Reeves.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore C. Chuang today sentenced Nathaniel Michael Worthy, age 47, of Washington, D.C., to 135 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and controlled substance analogues. 

FORT WAYNE- Joshua Ferguson, 34, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

 Ferguson was sentenced to 168 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Winyontis Quavari Gordon (29, Ocala) to 16 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Gordon had pleaded guilty on May 16, 2019.

WILMINGTON, Del. – United States Attorney Davis C. Weiss announced that Carl D. Roy, 34, of Wilmington, Delaware pled guilty today to gun and drug offenses before the Honorable Maryellen Noreika, U.S. District Judge for the District of Delaware. Judge Noreika immediately sentenced Roy to 9.5 years in federal prison. Over the course of one month, in the summer of 2018, Roy sold crack cocaine, heroin and four firearms to confidential informants as a part of a sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

SAVANNAH, GA:  A Savannah man has been charged in a federal complaint with charges related to a fire.

In a complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Savannah today, Aug. 28, Barry Wright, 52, of Savannah, was charged with one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device, and one count of the use of fire or explosive to commit a felony offense, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Each charge carries a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and there is no parole in the federal system.

FORT WAYNE- Bronte Milton, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa Springmann after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, fentanyl, and crack cocaine along with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Milton was sentenced to a total of 156 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

TOPEKA, KAN. – More than 50 people have been indicted on federal charges as a result of a three-year investigation to identify traffickers behind a rising tide of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs on the streets of Manhattan, Kan., U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

“Fentanyl and heroin are a deadly combination,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister. “Our goal is to save lives by disrupting the pipelines bringing these and other poisons to the city Manhattan.”

 

OVERDOSE DEATH

Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L.

On August 27, 2019, Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas sentenced Ariel Figueroa-Cacheres, 22, of Palm Beach County, to 30 years in prison, after he previously pled guilty to possessing a machine gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute the controlled substance (Case No. 19cr90035).  

CHICAGO — A federal judge today sentenced a Chicago man to four years in prison for unlawfully supplying guns to a violent street gang.

Two men from West Virginia were indicted in federal court on methamphetamine charges.

Michael Eugene Hicks, 36 of Charleston, West Virginia, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Hicks was stopped on Interstate 77 southbound by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers for numerous traffic infractions on August 5, 2019. He also had an outstanding warrant, according to court documents.

FORT WAYNE – David Lee Wirges, age 39, of Auburn, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and selling a firearm to a felon, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Wirges was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and the judgment included forfeiture of $1,546.00 in United States currency. 

FORT WAYNE – Juan DeLaCruz, age 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

DeLaCruz was sentenced to 159 months in prison, with no supervised release to follow. DeLaCruz was in the United States illegally, and he will be deported after his prison term.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), announced the unsealing of a superseding Indictment charging JOSE ALVAREZ, a/k/a “Ignacio Alvarez,” with the 1999 murder of Jose Miguel Mendez.  ALVAREZ was previously arrested in the Dominican Republic and was extradited to the Southern District of New York last Friday.  He was presented before U.S.

Jonathan Demario Collins, 33, of Pahokee, Florida was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to 100 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, after having been convicted by a trial jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm (Case No. 17cr80084).

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas man pleaded guilty today to crashing a car into a Cabela’s store in hopes of stealing guns, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to 84 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jackie Harper, 27, of Charleston, previously pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“Another convicted felon with a gun dealing meth,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “And another conviction with a significant prison sentence. We will continue to prosecute gun-toting drug dealers to the fullest extent of the law.”

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III today sentenced Keenan Lawson, a/k/a BlackFace, age 27, of Baltimore, to 23 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his activities as a member of the violent Hillside gang that operated in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.  Lawson admitted to participating in the murder of an innocent bystander, two attempted murders, and the distribution of narcotics. 

OXFORD, Miss. –An Olive Branch man was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison on Thursday for Mail Fraud and for Making a False Statement in Connection with the Purchase of a Firearm.  U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced David Quarles, 35, to serve the 51-month prison term and to pay $2,606,529.87 in restitution to US Volvo Group and Chubb Insurance Company.

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Beckley man was sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Turner Williams, 28, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, to be followed by a three year term of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division announced that Bill K. Kapri, a/k/a “Kodak Black,” a/k/a “Dieuson Octave,” 22, of Pompano Beach, FL, pled guilty today to two counts of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement in connection with the acquisition and attempted acquisition of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer before U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno (Case No. 19-cr-20273).

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

SAVANNAH, GA: Members of two criminal street gangs are among five additional defendants sentenced to substantial federal prison terms as prosecutions continue in Operation Vanilla Gorilla.

St. Louis, MO – Jorion Garrett, 21, of Hazelwood, MO, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for three carjacking and two firearms charges.  Garrett appeared today before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry. 

NEWARK, N.J. – An East Orange, New Jersey, man appeared in court today on charges of distribution of phencyclidine and marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug distribution crime, and the use of a minor to distribute drugs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man admitted today possessing bombs, precursor materials, and being a felon in possession of guns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Christopher Faschan, 31, of Landing, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of unlawful possession of destructive devices and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Keycon Deonte Keitt, age 32, of Orangeburg, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following the term of imprisonment, Keitt will remain on federal supervised release for an additional three years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Yul Hildon Reddock, age 40, of Cheverly Maryland, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

A Garfield Heights woman was indicted for making a straw purchase of a firearm earlier this year.

Sarah Werman, 32, was indicted on one count of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm.

Werman stated on March 14, 2019 at Fin Feather Fur Outfitters in Middleburg Heights that she was the actual buyer of a Ruger 9 mm pistol, when, in fact, she was not the actual buyer of the firearm, according to the indictment.

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA – A Victorville man was found guilty in San Bernardino County Superior Court Friday of three counts of attempted murder and various explosives-related charges.

Steven J. Sunny, 33, was found guilty after the jury deliberated for two hours following the trial. Sunny was found guilty of eight felony charges: three counts of attempted murder, three counts of intent to commit murder with a destructive device, reckless or malicious possession of destructive device, and possession of materials to make a bomb.

SAN FRANCISCO – Herman Murillo was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier and illegally possessing ammunition as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Maxine M. Chesney, Senior U.S. District Judge.  

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jarvis Moss, a 38 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration for possession of a Smith & Wesson, .38 caliber pistol.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that QIYON REED, also known as “Quiyon Reed” and “Gutter,” 36, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 92 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for firearm and drug offenses, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

BRUNSWICK, GA – The lead defendant in a major south Georgia drug trafficking conspiracy has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in federal prison, representing the final defendant to be sentenced from the now-dismantled drug trafficking ring.

John Eugene Overcash, a/k/a “Cowboy,” 53, of Brunswick, Ga., was sentenced to 128 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

NEWARK N.J. – Two Essex County, New Jersey, men were sentenced today to federal prison terms following their convictions on multiple drug and weapons offenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

An Akron man was indicted for allegedly firing his gun during the armed robbery of an Akron grocery store.

Dayvaire Rogers, 26, was arrested Thursday. He was indicted in U.S. District Court on one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Rogers entered the Welcome Grocery at 210 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue on April 20, 2019 and robbed the store with a firearm. He also discharged the firearm during the robbery, according to the indictment.

BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham man pled guilty during trial, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, and Special Agent and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

DAYTON – A Dayton man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 additional months in prison for crimes related to an Indiana robbery.

Jeremy Watson, 40, was on federal supervised release in April 2018 for a 2004 conviction in the Southern District of Ohio when he robbed a Dollar General Store in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Watson is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for the robbery in Indiana and will serve the additional seven years consecutively.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Luke Joseph Burning Breast, age 35, was indicted on August 13, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 15, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

INDIANAPOLIS - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the conviction of Richard Bernard Grundy, III, a 30-year-old resident of Indianapolis, and four members of his drug trafficking organization on drug trafficking charges. The convictions resulted from a three-week trial that occurred in Evansville, Indiana. Grundy and his associates were convicted of all charges filed in the case.

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on August 14, 2019, Jeffrey Stevens, age 36, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A convicted drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to life in federal prison today in connection with the killing of a drug supplier at point-blank range during a drug deal gone bad in November 2013, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in an arson conspiracy to damage a local business.  

Randell Eugene Yeager, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to participating in a conspiracy to damage property by means of arson.  

Greenbelt, Maryland – Tataw Ayuk-Arrey Obenson, age 21, of Burtonsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty on August 14, 2019, to interference with interstate commerce by robbery; and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division.

CHICAGO — Three Chicago men have been charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that resulted in two fatal shootings in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.

Dominique Lavelle Oatis, of Centralia, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with distribution of methamphetamine (3 counts), carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The offenses all occurred in Centralia in March 2018. Oatis, 28, remains in custody without bond after he was arrested on the charges in Kansas earlier this year.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Hamlin, West Virginia man pled guilty to being in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jeffery Turley admitted that on March 17, 2018, he was in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered.

Turley faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on November 30, 2019.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Miller, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on August 12, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Johnathan Taylor, age 27, was sentenced to time served, 2 years of supervised release, forfeiture of his interest in 6 firearms, any and all ammunition recovered with the weapons, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2019. He pled guilty on May 28, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that KWAME FLEMING, age 28, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for one count of accessory to murder through use of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(j), two counts of carjacking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2119, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C.

RENO, Nev. – A former gang member with eight prior felony convictions and a prior conviction for domestic battery was sentenced yesterday to six years and six months for unlawful possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich.

Miguel Rodriguez-Franco, 32, pleaded guilty in May 2019, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks imposed an upward variance from the sentencing guideline and sentenced Rodriguez-Franco to 78 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

DAYTON – Henry B. Essick, III, 34, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

DAYTON – Dontae T. Tucker, 34, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 48 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl announced the sentence imposed yesterday by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 8, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Michael Anthony Williams, age 35, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 6, 2018. He pled guilty on May 8, 2019.

VERDEN, Oklahoma – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) working side-by-side with Fullerton Police Department (FPD) arrested a documented gang member who is suspected of illegally sending firearms from Oklahoma to alleged gang members in Orange County, California.

Manuel Delatorre Jr., aka as “Flacco,” 23, of Verden, Oklahoma, was arrested at his residence early this morning. During the arrest a federal search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence and law enforcement seized firearms, ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, along with other evidence.

WASHINGTON— The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Tribal Crime Data-Collection Activities, 2019. This report is the seventh in a series that began in 2011. It meets the requirement, established by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-211, 124 Stat. 2258, § 251(b)), that BJS report, no later than July 31 of each year, on tribal data-collection activities and statistical findings. This report describes the data-collection activities during 2018 and 2019, and it summarizes the most recent statistical findings from the Survey of Jails in Indian Country and the Federal Justice Statistics Program. It also discusses BJS funding to enhance tribal participation in national records and information systems.

As most of you know, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the COPS Office does have statutory authority to award immigration related bonus points to applicants. This decision reverses a district court injunction that prevented the COPS Office from implementing its programs as designed. Once the Ninth Circuit’s decision to reverse the injunction has taken effect, our office is prepared to launch the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrants Program as soon as possible.

The Community Policing Dispatch is the e-newsletter of the COPS Office. It aims to educate readers about a variety of criminal justice issues that affect the implementation of community policing and to assist law enforcement practitioners in more effectively addressing crime and social disorder in their communities.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett today sentenced Justin Hopkins, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, to seven years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury today found Christopher Brian Cosimano, a/k/a “Durty,” (31, Gibsonton) and Michael Dominick Mencher, a/k/a “Pumpkin,” (52, Tarpon Springs) guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man pleaded guilty today to cocaine and gun charges.

According to court documents, Curtis Talley, 38, who has 13 prior felony convictions, many of which are for prior probation violations, was found with distribution amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and a loaded gun when Norfolk police officers arrested him on outstanding warrants. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – During a two-week period starting July 22, 2019, and ending August 2, 2019, the United States Marshals Service; Louisville Metro Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted Operation Iron Grip in an effort to reduce violent crime in Louisville.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Michael High Elk, age 30, was sentenced on August 9, 2019, to 5 years and 11 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

A Toledo man was charged in federal court for making threats against a member of Congress and illegally having ammunition.

Timothy J. Ireland, Jr., 41, was charged in U.S. District Court in Toledo with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case:

BIRMINGHAM – On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced Jarrett Denard Boykins, of Birmingham, to serve 241 months in prison for convictions related to drug trafficking and gun possession, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.         

Yesterday, a federal jury convicted Christopher McNabb (a.k.a. “Rudy”) from Leeds, Alabama, of three firearm and ammunition related offenses announced U.S. Attorney Jay E, Town and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against McNabb after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre.  McNabb will be sentenced on December 10, 2019, and faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

FORT WAYNE – Shawn Bacon, 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was convicted after a four-day jury trial before U.S.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 8, 2019 – A federal grand jury sitting in Nashville yesterday, returned a four-count indictment charging Steven J. Wiggins, 32, of Dickson, Tennessee with federal carjacking and firearms violations which resulted in the death of Dickson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Baker.  U.S. Attorney Don Cochran immediately filed a notice with the Court that the government intends to seek the death penalty.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Woodbridge man with straw purchasing two firearms in November 2016 and then giving those firearms to a Boston man.

According to the indictment, Carl Napper, 26, was allegedly paid $250 to straw purchase two firearms on behalf of a Boston man, who then transported the firearms back to Boston. One of these firearms was recovered in Boston a month later after having been used in a shooting incident.

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Vincent Graham, a/k/a “Shawn” and “Mac,” 35, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock to 320 months in prison and six years of supervised release for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; distributing heroin and cocaine base, commonly known as “crack;” and transporting a victim in interstate commerce with the intent that she engage in prostitution. Graham pleaded guilty on January 4, 2019.

ATLANTA - Kyle C. Sims, Herman A. Fields, and Peter Armour have been indicted for selling illegal guns and drugs out of a store in Riverdale, Georgia.  Sims and Armour were charged with possessing a machinegun, which they sold for $1,250 in cash.  Sims and Fields were charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax.  Sims was also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Rashad Nashid, 38, of Burlington, Vermont, appeared in federal district court in Burlington yesterday and pleaded guilty to an Information charging Nashid with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. One of the firearm charges was related to the shooting that occurred outside of Nectar’s Bar on February 26, 2018, that left an innocent bystander seriously injured. The other firearm charge related to Nashid’s possession of an AR15 style rifle the day before the shooting.

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced TONYA RENEE HARTMAN, 39, of Erwin, North Carolina, to 150 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised released.

On November 7, 2018, HARTMAN was named in a two-count Indictment charging her with Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine (Actual) and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. On March 21, 2019, HARTMAN pled guilty to both counts.

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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