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Joint ATF/Denver Police Department operation nets 17 defendants charged with firearm and drug related crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2012

DENVER – The United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, the Denver District Attorney, the Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Denver Police Department announce that seventeen defendants have been charged with firearm and drug related crimes. Five of the defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver. Twelve defendants will be charged by the Denver Police Department/Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Those arrested on federal warrants appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver this afternoon, where they were advised of the charges pending against them, and the penalties related to the charges. They are due back in court early next week for detention hearings and arraignment. Those arrested and facing state charges were taken to the Denver Police Department for processing.

Those charged by a federal grand jury include:

  • Kenneth Greenwood, age 37, of Denver, who faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.
  • Marcus Donte Thomas, age 29, of Denver, who faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.
  • Christopher Randell Wilburn, age 37, of Denver, who faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Phillip Dante Dilosa, age 35, of Denver, who faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Terry Barlow, age 45, of Denver, who faces distribution of cocaine base and being a felon in possession of a firearm

Those charged by state authorities include:

  • Jesse Oliver, born 11-06-1982, of Denver
  • Latisha Maxey, born 12/01/1979, of Denver
  • Angel Palomino, born 12/26/1990, of Denver
  • Kristiana Romero, born 04/13/1973, of Denver
  • Turell Johnson, born 04/18/1993, of Denver
  • George McClain, born 02/09/1951, of Denver
  • Carmaine Key, born 03/31/1975, of Denver
  • Kenneth Watkins, born 03/23/1981, of Denver
  • Kari Watson-Frazier, born 01/24/1984, of Denver
  • Fred Salazar, born 11/24/1971, of Denver
  • Lavelle Davis, born 10/04/1973
  • Christopher Hale, born 09/16/1973

“The partnership between federal and state authorities increases the resources brought to tackle violent criminal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “Thanks to the ATF, the Denver Police Department, and the Denver District Attorney’s Office, some of those who walk our streets with drugs and guns have been arrested, and others have been warned.”

“ATF will continue to identify, target, and dismantle those criminal gangs and organizations that utilize crime guns in furtherance of violent criminal activity,” said ATF Denver Special Agent in Charge Andrew Traver. “By partnering with the Denver Police Department and actively removing this element from the streets of Denver, we are making our communities safer.”

“This is another example of how by working together with federal authorities helps us realize our shared goal of making the community safer,” said Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. “We all take these cases very seriously and these arrests are important for the safety of our community.”

Denver Police Chief Robert White says, “Joint operations of this nature go a long way toward preventing future crimes and crime prevention is one of our primary responsibilities. We will be conducting more of these sweeps in an effort to keep our city safe.”

If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the defendant faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, per count. If convicted of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, the defendant faces not more than 20 years in federal prison, and up to a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Denver Division of the ATF, the Denver Police Department, the Denver District Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County and Adams County Sheriff’s Offices.

The federal defendants are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sibert.

The state defendants are being prosecuted by the Denver District Attorney’s Gang Unit led by Chief Deputy DA Tim Twining.

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