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Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Two Men Charged with Conspiracy and Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An indictment was unsealed today charging two men with conspiracy, acting in the United States as unregistered agents of the government of Turkey, and making false statements to the FBI. According to allegations in the indictment, Bijan Rafiekian, aka Bijan Kian, 66, of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 41, … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Two Men Charged with Conspiracy and Acting as Agents of a Foreign Government

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to over 24 years in prison for producing child pornography of a 2-year-old boy. “Protecting the most vulnerable from heinous crimes and vile perpetrators, like Webster, will continue to be a top priority,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

Virginia News: Suffolk Man, Christopher Howerton Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for receiving images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. According to court documents, Christopher Howerton, 33, was identified by both the Virginia Beach Police Department and Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force … Continue reading Virginia News: Suffolk Man, Christopher Howerton Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Glenn Murphy Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

NORFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl. According to court documents, Glenn Murphy, 38, sold a total of three ounces of heroin to the Portsmouth Police during an undercover operation. After a subsequent attempt to sell heroin to the police, Murphy placed under arrest and searched. … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Glenn Murphy Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Wesley Paul Hadsell, Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Ammunition

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to the statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition. According to court documents, Wesley Paul Hadsell, 40, pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2015. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Hadsell admitted that … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Wesley Paul Hadsell, Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Ammunition

Virginia News: Jury Convicts Moroccan Man, Zakaria Taoufik of Assault on Federal Officers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Moroccan man yesterday on charges of assaulting federal law enforcement officers and failure to depart the United States. “These ICE officers were carrying out a lawful judicial order to deport a convicted felon,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This verdict … Continue reading Virginia News: Jury Convicts Moroccan Man, Zakaria Taoufik of Assault on Federal Officers

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Shaun Brown Convicted of Defrauding USDA’s Summer Food Service Program

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hampton woman today for her role in a fraud conspiracy related to a federally funded summer food service program. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Shaun Brown, 59, defrauded the USDA’s summer food service program (SFSP) aimed at feeding low income children. Brown and … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Shaun Brown Convicted of Defrauding USDA’s Summer Food Service Program

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Max Alberto Estrada-Linares, Leader of International Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced

RICHMOND, Va. – A Guatemalan man was sentenced today to over 23 years in prison for his leadership role in operating a large-scale Guatemalan drug trafficking organization (DTO) that moved 3,739 kilograms of cocaine throughout Central America, as part of a coordinated international law enforcement investigation codenamed Operation Go Explorers. According to court documents, Max … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Max Alberto Estrada-Linares, Leader of International Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced