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FLORIDA News: PANAMA CITY, Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Ravi Babu Kolla, 47, an Indian foreign national residing in Panama City, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On Tuesday, his co-defendant Krystal Cloud, 40, of Altha, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for marriage and visa fraud … Continue reading FLORIDA News: PANAMA CITY, Panama City Marriage Fraud Conspirators Plead Guilty and Sentenced

North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Five Aliens Indicted on Illegal Reentry Charges

RALEIGH, N.C. – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging BRAYAN ALEXANDER FUNEZ-ESPINOZA, age 28, of Mexico, ROMERO FLORES-AGUILAR, age 30, of Mexico, JESUS GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, age 43, of Mexico, RODOLFO ROA-SAUCEDO, age 35, of Mexico, and … Continue reading North Carolina News: RALEIGH, Five Aliens Indicted on Illegal Reentry Charges

New York News: Dunkirk Man, Anthony Dloniak Sentenced For Selling Illegal Controlled Substances

Buffalo, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Anthony Dloniak, 40, of Dunkirk, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute U-47700, was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that … Continue reading New York News: Dunkirk Man, Anthony Dloniak Sentenced For Selling Illegal Controlled Substances

Louisiana News: Honduran National, Will Avila Pleads Guilty

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that a man from Honduras pleaded guilty to making false statements after trying to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license illegally. Will Avila, 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee. D. Drell to one count of making a false statement. According to the guilty … Continue reading Louisiana News: Honduran National, Will Avila Pleads Guilty

New Jersey News: Hudson County Man, Mamadou Diallo Charged with Using Fake Passports to Conduct $1 Million Bank Fraud Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was arrested today and charged with a scheme that allegedly caused $1 million in losses by using fake passports to open bank accounts into which he and others deposited phony IRS refund checks, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Mamadou Diallo, 42, of Jersey City, New Jersey, … Continue reading New Jersey News: Hudson County Man, Mamadou Diallo Charged with Using Fake Passports to Conduct $1 Million Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Drug Conspirator, Calvin Armstrong Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison

Defendant was present during search in which SWAT officers were exposed to fentanyl analogue PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court on Friday to a term of imprisonment of four years and nine months, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on charges of conspiracy to … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Drug Conspirator, Calvin Armstrong Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison

South Dakota News: SIOUX FALLS, OPIOID CRISIS UPDATE

Flurry of activity in federal prosecutions against heroin, fentanyl, and other opioid traffickers in South Dakota SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – United States Attorney Ron Parsons today announced additional progress made in the past six weeks by law enforcement in the fight against opioids. The epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction is, by now, distressingly familiar. … Continue reading South Dakota News: SIOUX FALLS, OPIOID CRISIS UPDATE

Colorado News: Mexican National, Margarito Yepez-Sanchez Sentenced For Conspiracy To Manufacture And Possess With Intent To Distribute Marijuana

Defendant was responsible for growing marijuana on twelve acres of federal land DENVER, Co. – Margarito Yepez-Sanchez, age 25, a Mexican national who is in the United States illegally, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve 36 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release … Continue reading Colorado News: Mexican National, Margarito Yepez-Sanchez Sentenced For Conspiracy To Manufacture And Possess With Intent To Distribute Marijuana

New Jersey News: Egg Harbor Township Man, Matthew Wolny Admits Receiving Child Pornography

TRENTON, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man today admitted receiving images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Matthew Wolny, 40, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of receipt of … Continue reading New Jersey News: Egg Harbor Township Man, Matthew Wolny Admits Receiving Child Pornography

South Carolina News: Alien, TAMER AHMED QAID SAID RABEH Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Judicially Ordered Deported to Egypt

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that TAMER AHMED QAID SAID RABEH, age 37, of Egypt, illegally present in the United States and residing in Pender County, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 18 months imprisonment, after an August 7, 2018, guilty plea … Continue reading South Carolina News: Alien, TAMER AHMED QAID SAID RABEH Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Judicially Ordered Deported to Egypt

Idaho News: Gooding Man, Yazmani Gomez-Sandoval Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

BOISE, Idaho – Yazmani Gomez-Sandoval, 36, of Gooding, Idaho, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise to 240 months in prison to be followed by a life term of supervised release, for possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. The sentence was imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn … Continue reading Idaho News: Gooding Man, Yazmani Gomez-Sandoval Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

Idaho News: Boise Man, Jose Luis “Joey” Sanchez Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Access With Intent to View Child Pornography

BOISE, Idaho – Jose Luis “Joey” Sanchez, 39, of Boise, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise to 30 months in prison followed by ten years supervised release, for access with intent to view child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. According to court records, between November 2015 and January 2016, agents with … Continue reading Idaho News: Boise Man, Jose Luis “Joey” Sanchez Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Access With Intent to View Child Pornography

USVI News: St. Croix, Federal Fugitive Paul Girard Apprehended on St. Croix without Incident

St. Croix, USVI – Federal defendant Paul Girard was apprehended early on Sunday morning on St. Croix by federal and local law enforcement agents. A team comprised of Deputy United States Marshals, DEA, FBI, ATF, and VIPD agents and officers located and arrested Girard without incident. Girard, who recently completed a federal sentence, was indicted … Continue reading USVI News: St. Croix, Federal Fugitive Paul Girard Apprehended on St. Croix without Incident

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Project Charleston, Investigation Into Drug Trafficking on Charleston’s West Side Nets Several Arrests and Seizure of Large Quantities of Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine

Charleston and Akron Drug Network Shut Down CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced several arrests today of drug traffickers operating between Charleston, West Virginia, and Akron, Ohio. The multi-state Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) is responsible for distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine. Joining United States Attorney Stuart in the announcement … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Project Charleston, Investigation Into Drug Trafficking on Charleston’s West Side Nets Several Arrests and Seizure of Large Quantities of Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine

West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Media Advisory – United States Attorney Mike Stuart and Law Enforcement Partners to Hold Press Conference Today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart will hold a press conference today, Monday, November 5, at 10:30am, to discuss significant law enforcement actions. WHO: United States Attorney Mike Stuart, Southern District of West Virginia Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Gourley, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department Chief Deputy … Continue reading West Virginia News: CHARLESTON, Media Advisory – United States Attorney Mike Stuart and Law Enforcement Partners to Hold Press Conference Today

New Jersey News: NEWARK, U.S. Attorney’s Office And Law Enforcement Partners Seize 352 Firearms In Fiscal Year 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today that the District of New Jersey seized 352 firearms as part of criminal prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2018. The District of New Jersey worked jointly with its law enforcement partners, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. … Continue reading New Jersey News: NEWARK, U.S. Attorney’s Office And Law Enforcement Partners Seize 352 Firearms In Fiscal Year 2018

Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, JOSE MANUEL SANTOS Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, announced that JOSE MANUEL SANTOS, 36, of Bridgeport, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with transfer of obscene materials to a minor, and enticement … Continue reading Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, JOSE MANUEL SANTOS Charged with Child Exploitation Offenses

New York News: Queens Resident, Su Ming Ling Sentenced to 30 Months’ Imprisonment for Smuggling Counterfeit Apparel into the United States from China

More Than 200 Shipping Containers Were Loaded with Counterfeit Goods, Including Fake Nike Shoes, UGG Boots and NFL Jerseys Brooklyn, New York – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Su Ming Ling, a resident of Queens, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge Carol Bagley Amon to 30 months’ imprisonment and ordered to … Continue reading New York News: Queens Resident, Su Ming Ling Sentenced to 30 Months’ Imprisonment for Smuggling Counterfeit Apparel into the United States from China

New Jersey News: NEWARK, Luis Calderon, MS-13 Member Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Orchestrating, From Inside A California Prison, The Trafficking Of Drugs To New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A member of MS-13 was sentenced to ten years in prison for orchestrating, from inside a California state prison, the trafficking of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Luis Calderon, 32, a/k/a “Lagrima,” of Los Angeles, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson … Continue reading New Jersey News: NEWARK, Luis Calderon, MS-13 Member Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Orchestrating, From Inside A California Prison, The Trafficking Of Drugs To New Jersey

South Carolina News: West Virginia Man, Thomas Owen Haynes Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

Charleston, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Thomas Owen Haynes II, 47, of Bluefield, West Virginia, formerly of Ladson, South Carolina, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. According to court documents, the Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children task … Continue reading South Carolina News: West Virginia Man, Thomas Owen Haynes Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

Texas News: Texas couple who had thousands of online sales of fentanyl and other drugs pleaded guilty to drug crimes

Texas – A Texas couple who had thousands of online sales of fentanyl and other drugs pleaded guilty to drug crimes. Matthew and Holly Roberts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other crimes. They are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 7, 2019. The Roberts are both 35 and from San Antonio. … Continue reading Texas News: Texas couple who had thousands of online sales of fentanyl and other drugs pleaded guilty to drug crimes

South Carolina News: Simpsonville Man, Andre Eaddy Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conspiring to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Hundreds of Kilograms of Marijuana and to Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of his Trafficking Activity

Greenville, South Carolina – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Andre Eaddy, age 37, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Anderson. Eaddy pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and possession of a … Continue reading South Carolina News: Simpsonville Man, Andre Eaddy Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Conspiring to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Hundreds of Kilograms of Marijuana and to Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of his Trafficking Activity

New York News: Buffalo Man, Emmanuel Lopez Sentenced For Selling Thousands Of Bags Of Heroin

CONTACT: Barbara Burns PHONE: (716) 843-5817 FAX #: (716) 551-3051 BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Emmanuel Lopez, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin, was sentenced to 63 months in prison by U.S. … Continue reading New York News: Buffalo Man, Emmanuel Lopez Sentenced For Selling Thousands Of Bags Of Heroin

Georgia News: Macon Man, Robert Murphy Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

MACON, Ga. – United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Charles E. Peeler, announced Tuesday that 26-year-old Robert Murphy of Macon was sentenced by United States District Judge Marc T. Treadwell on October 15, 2018, to 36 months imprisonment, followed by 25 years of supervised release and $3,000 restitution to three separate victims … Continue reading Georgia News: Macon Man, Robert Murphy Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

Maryland News: Baltimore, Chanel Holland, Former Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office Employee Pleads Guilty To Providing Information to the Target of a Drug Trafficking Investigation

Baltimore, Maryland – Chanel Holland, age 36, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to obstructing an official proceeding arising from Holland providing information regarding law enforcement activity, including sealed indictments and investigative information, to the target of a drug trafficking investigation. At the time, Holland was employed as the Human Resource Administrator in the … Continue reading Maryland News: Baltimore, Chanel Holland, Former Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office Employee Pleads Guilty To Providing Information to the Target of a Drug Trafficking Investigation

Pennsylvania News: Erie Man, John Alan Vanhouwe Charged with Fraud and Identity Theft

ERIE, Pa. – A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of food stamp fraud, access device fraud and identity theft, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The eight-count indictment named John Alan Vanhouwe, 56, as the sole defendant. According to the indictment presented … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Erie Man, John Alan Vanhouwe Charged with Fraud and Identity Theft

Connecticut News: Groton Man, WILLIAM MILLETT Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that WILLIAM MILLETT, 28, of Groton, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for a child pornography offense. According to court documents and … Continue reading Connecticut News: Groton Man, WILLIAM MILLETT Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

California News: SAN DIEGO, Suspected Online Drug Dealer Indicted in Fentanyl Overdose Death

Assistant U. S. Attorney Michael A. Deshong (619) 546-9290 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – October 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Suspected drug dealer Trevon Lucas was indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing fentanyl that caused the death of a La Jolla resident, identified only as C.A.S. in court filings. According to statements made … Continue reading California News: SAN DIEGO, Suspected Online Drug Dealer Indicted in Fentanyl Overdose Death

New Mexico News: Eddy County Woman, Stephanie Murray Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – Stephanie Murray, 30, of Loving, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 41 months in prison for her conviction on narcotics trafficking charges arising out of the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. Murray will be on supervised release for three years after completing … Continue reading New Mexico News: Eddy County Woman, Stephanie Murray Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, James Clay Russell Admits Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, PA pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. James Clay Russell, 60, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak. In connection with the guilty plea, … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Man, James Clay Russell Admits Distributing Child Pornography