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Sept. 15, 2010


GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS IN WICHITA BANK ROBBERY

WICHITA, KAN. – Carlis D. Rogers, 25, Wichita, Kan., and Jacques D. Dubose, 41, Wichita, Kan. are charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing firearms during a bank robbery.

The indictment alleges that on Sept. 10, 2010, Rogers and Dubose robbed Legacy Bank at 2055 N. Woodlawn in Wichita, Kan. They brandished firearms during the robbery.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge and not less than seven years and not more than life on the firearms charge. The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.



OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

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

Miguel Angel Cuellar-Arreola, 22, a citizen of Mexico, and Manuel De Jesus Estupian-Ibanez, 18, a citizen of Mexico, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of unlawfully entering the United States. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 28, 2010, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million on the methamphetamine charge and a maximum penalty of six months and a fine up to $5,000 on the immigration charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Mario N. Yepiz, 36, Liberal, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a user of controlled substances. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 30, 2009, in Seward County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000.
Each of the other counts: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Liberal Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Donti J. Franklin, 24, and Christopher L. Shelton, 26, Salina, Kan., are charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. In addition, Franklin is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and Shelton is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 22, 2010, in Harvey County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other counts. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Ora Elton Gillespie, Jr., 53, Jennings, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a sawed-off shotgun. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 2, 2010, in Decatur County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 40 years and a fine up to $2 million on the methamphetamine charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on the shotgun charge. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation worked on the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Dillon R. Miller, 20, and Michael Andrew Giles, 18, are charged with one count of possessing stolen firearms, one count of unlawful possession of firearms by a user of controlled substances and one count of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from May 28, 2010, to June 20, 2010, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the stolen firearm charge, a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances and not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith 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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