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Indictment: Topeka Men Caught
With Stolen Assault Rifles

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Nov. 29, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Two Topeka men are facing federal charges for possession of stolen assault rifles, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Dominique Lee Boyles, 23, Topeka., and Gerome Rayton, 20, Topeka, are charged with one count of possession of stolen firearms. In addition, Boyles is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

Boyles and Rayton initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 16, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Topeka. According to an agent’s affidavit, on Nov. 16 the Topeka Police Department’s Violent Crime/Gang Unit stopped a white Honda Accord in which Boyles and Rayton were passengers. Boyles, who was riding in the back, was identified as a member of the 357 Crip street gang. Rayton was sitting in the front passenger seat with a backpack between his legs.

When the driver got out of the vehicle to talk to officers, Rayton jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to put the vehicle into gear. An officer reached through the passenger side window to stop Rayton from taking off in the vehicle. Rayton continued to push on the accelerator as he tried to put the car into drive. The officer, half inside the vehicle, continued to struggle with him. The vehicle began moving in reverse and rammed a Topeka Police Department patrol car. After the crash, police regained control and arrested Rayton and Boyles. Officers found a STAG-15 assault rifle in the rear driver’s side floorboard under Boyles’ feet. In Rayton’s backpack they found a Kel Tec sub-2000 .40 caliber assault rifle. Both rifles were found to be stolen.

Upon conviction, each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Victor Casarez-Ramirez, 27; Diego Beltran-Vega, 43; Cesar Hernandez, 34; Javier Aldrete, 32; Samuel Galindo, 20, Wichita, Kan; and Jose Solorio-Rojas, 23, Wichita, Kan., are charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

In addition:
Casarez-Ramirez is charged with 18 counts of unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking; two counts of distributing methamphetamine; and two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Beltran-Vega is charged with five counts of unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person unlawfully in the United States.
Aldrete is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Galindo is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Solario-Rojas is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The defendants initially were charged in a criminal complaint filed May 29, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Wichita. A Drug Enforcement Administration agent’s affidavit said that in 2008 law enforcement officers began investigating the drug activities of an organization led by Victor Casarez-Ramirez and Diego Beltran-Vega. The affidavit says that on May 27, 2012, search warrants were executed at the following Wichita addresses: 1625 S. Longford, 914 Pinecrest, 2909 W. 21st, 6156 E. Harry, and 4515 Hemlock.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: On one count, not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million on each count. On the other count, not less than five years and not more than 40 years.
Unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of four years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Distributing methamphetamine; and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: On some counts, not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $250,000. On other counts, not less than 10 years and not more than life.
Unlawful possession of a firearm by a person illegally in the United States: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Fernando Orozco, 23, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 14, 2012.

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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

Cody J. Schoen, 30, Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 7, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

Hector D. Rubio, 32, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 10, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five 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.

William F. Earls, 34, Wichita, Kan., is charged with failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The crime is alleged to have occurred between June 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Joseph E. Gibbs, 24, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of possession of marijuana. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 8, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge, and a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000 on the misdemeanor drug charge. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Shaun Bernard, 34, Kansas City, Kan., and William June, 42, Kansas City, 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 methamphetamine. Co-defendant Lisa King, 40, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, William June is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April 2012 in Kansas City, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on each count.
Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Tatum is prosecuting.

Nefraun Washington, 41, Shawnee, Kan. and Troy Washington, 44, Shawnee, Kan., are charged with one count of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of maintaining a place at 5640 Oakview Street in Shawnee in furtherance of drug trafficking. In addition, Troy Washington is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 30, 2012, in Shawnee, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana: A maximum penalty of five years 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.
Maintaining a premises in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Tatum is prosecuting.

Melvin Javier Avilo-Erazo, 25, is charged with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 14, 2012, in Edwardsville, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life land a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Tatum is prosecuting.

Marcos Bowman, 40, Olathe, Kan., also known as Javier Alcantar-Valenzuela, the sole owner of BCK Drywall, LLC, is charged in a superseding indictment with three counts of tax evasion. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Kansas.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Jonathan Brumback, 42, Fort Scott, Kan.; Rogelio Amada Lamas, 30, Overland Park, Kan.; and Johana Villanueva-Renteria, 22, Overland Park, Kan., are charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred from Aug. 1, 2011, to Aug. 24, 2012, in Fort Scott, Kan.

In addition:
Jonathan Brumback is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Rogelio Amada Lamas is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a storage unit at 7720 Farley in Overland Park, Kan, in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Johana Villanueva-Renteria is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a storage unit at 7720 Farley in Overland Park, Kan, in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million.
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million.
Distribution of methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million.
Maintaining a premises in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Wilhoft and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask are prosecuting.

Luis Enrique Ordinola, 22, Olathe, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person illegally in the United States, theft of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer, and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in July and October 2012.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.


Luis Alfredo Pretell, 35, is charged with two counts of assaulting corrections officers for the Bureau of Prisons. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 28, 2012, at Leavenworth, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of eight years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt 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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