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Nov. 10, 2010

TWO MEN INDICTED ON CHARGES OF ROBBING CREDIT UNION IN WICHITA

WICHITA, KAN. – Deshane Gantt, 21, Wichita, Kan., and Christopher Crabtree, 19, Wichita, Kan., are charged with robbing Catholic Family Federal Credit Union in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 8, 2010, Gantt and Crabtree robbed the credit union at 1902 W. Douglas in Wichita. In addition to one count of bank robbery, they are charged with one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Gantt also is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a 2008 conviction on a charge of aggravated battery.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge, and a penalty of not less than five years and not more than life on the charge of brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence. If convicted, Gantt also faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS



A federal grand jury meeting in Wichita, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Shane M. McClelland, 25, Wichita, Kan., is charged with two counts of enticing minors to engage in sexual activities for the purpose of producing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in July 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Carey Lonnell Breshers, Jr., 51, Fenton, Mo., is charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 31, 2010, Breshers robbed BP Downtown, 600 S.E. Quincy in Topeka, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge, a penalty of seven years consecutive to other penalties and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Antonio Lorea, 23, Sylmar, Calif., is charged with possession with intent to distribute approximately 2.2 kilograms of heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 27, 2010, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Charles M. Triboletti, 36, El Dorado, Kan., is charged with one count of producing counterfeit $10, $20 and $50 bills, and Grant L. Smith, 36, Derby, Kan., is charged with one count of passing counterfeit $10 and $20 bills. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 8, 2010, in Kansas.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Bruno Garcia-Salaises, 53, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 14, 2010, in Reno County, Kan.

Garcia-Salaises initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 3, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated.

Angel Garcia Aguirre, 31, Oxnard, Calif., is charged with one count of bank robbery, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a fugitive from justice. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 21, 2010, in Ford County, Kan.

Aguirre initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Oct. 24, 2010, in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged he robbed the Bank of America, 2307 Central Avenue, Dodge City, Kan. At the time of the robbery, Aguirre was wanted in Ventura County, Calif., for failure to appear in court.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Bank robbery: A maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence: A penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm by a fugitive: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The FBI, the Dodge City Police Department, the KBI and the Ford County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Vicente Rodriguez, 31, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2008 and 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million on each count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Marcello Vela, 29, Overland Park, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 24, 2010, in Sumner County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million on the methamphetamine charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $2 million on the marijuana charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Gonzalo Lira, Jr., 32, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 29, 2009, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Vernon J. Lowry, 46, Ensign, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 13, 2010, in Ford County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Dustin Jay Ream, 33, Hays, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 4, 2010, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation worked on the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Rolando Rodriguez, 39, West New York, N.J., is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 28, 2010, in Thomas County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.


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