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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana 46320



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

October 21, 2010                                                                                 PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                    Fax: (219) 852-2770 



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

 

Ryan Ross, 22, Aaron Cooper, 18, Lawrence Andre Williams, 25, and Ralph Oliver, 23, all of Chicago, Illinois, were charged by indictment with one count of theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer, and one count of use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence. The firearms were allegedly stolen from Jack’s Loan Office in Gary, Indiana, the premises of a person who is licensed to engage in the business of importing or dealing in firearms. Additionally, Ryan Ross and Ralph Oliver were each charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ross was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2005, 2006 and 2009. Oliver was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2007 and 2008, and burglary in 2009. This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Arnulfo Hernandez, 21, of Chicago, Illinois, and Efrain Hernandez, 25, of Cicero, Illinois, were charged by indictment with one count of possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five-hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Latoya Travis, 38, of the 7300 block of Walnut, Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to counts one and two of an indictment charging her with making false statements in a loan application, and aggravated identity theft. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by United States Postal Inspection Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Enrique Barraza, 33, of Cicero, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with drug trafficking (cocaine). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Ellis Bryant, 51, of the 1900 block of Monroe Lane, Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count eleven of a superseding indictment charging him with use of a communication facility to distribute a controlled substance (marijuana). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Steffen Dines, 31, of the 3900 block of W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Dereck Bryon Gray, II, 30, of the 600 block of Taft Street, Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gray was previously convicted of drug trafficking in 2002. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.