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Miami Resident Indicted On Narcotics, Weapons, Unauthorized Access Devices, And Identity Theft Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), on Friday, June 29, 2012, announced the filing of an indictment against defendant Travonn Xavier Russell, 28 of Miami, for narcotics, weapons, unauthorized access devices, and identity theft charges.

More specifically, the ten-count indictment charges Russell with one felony count of possession with intent to distribute narcotics in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) (Count 1), one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e)(1) (Count 2), one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) (Count 3), one felony count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3) (Count 4), and six felony counts of aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1) (Counts 5 through 10). If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of life on Count 1, a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years on Count 2, a maximum statutory sentence of life on Count 3, a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years on Count 4, and a mandatory sentence of two years for each of Counts 5 through 10. The defendant is scheduled to appear for arraignment on July 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber.

According to a criminal complaint previously filed in this matter, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on January 18, 2012. MDPD officers found the following inside the residence: distribution quantities of different types of narcotics (cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana); paraphernalia associated with narcotics distribution; two firearms; approximately 129 debit cards in various individual’s names; tax return documents in names other than defendant’s; and multiple notebooks with personal identifying information (names, dates of birth, and social security numbers) of hundreds of individuals.

According to the criminal complaint, records from the banks that issued the pre-paid debit cards showed that nearly 30 of the debit cards had wire transfers from Department of Treasury tax refunds in amounts that ranged from approximately $1,000 to $9,000. According to the criminal complaint, more than $100,000 in direct deposit tax refunds from the Department of Treasury was paid out onto these cards.

Mr. Ferrer commended ICE-HSI, IRS-CID, and MDPD for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

An indictment is only an allegation, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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