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FEDERAL GRAND JURY CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2014

TULSA, OKLAHOMA— The results of the June 2014 Federal Grand Jury were announced today by Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury.  The return of an indictment is a method of informing the defendant of alleged violations which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome the defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Michael D. Bennett and Gabriel Martinez. Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Maintaining a Location for Storing and Distributing Marijuana. Bennett, 29, of Tulsa, and Martinez, 22, of Oklahoma City, are charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Bennett is also charged with maintaining an apartment for the purpose of storing and distributing marijuana. If convicted, the maximum penalty is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for marijuana possession with intent to distribute. In addition, Bennett faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted for maintaining a drug storage space. The defendants would also forfeit seized currency, a firearm and face entry of a criminal forfeiture money judgment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the investigative agency.

Ashley Johnson Calhoun. Bank Fraud. Johnson, 41, of Muskogee, is charged with nine counts of committing bank fraud against Arvest Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, and JPMorgan Chase Bank by means of forged checks.  If convicted, the maximum penalty is 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The United States Postal Inspection Service is the lead investigative agency.

Marcos Cereceres-Romero. Alien in the United States After Deportation. Cereceres-Romero, 23, was arrested in Tulsa County and is charged with having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported in July of 2008 near Presidio, Texas. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) is the lead investigative agency.

Oscar Escalera-Duron. Alien in the United States After Deportation. Escalera-Duron, 33, was arrested in Tulsa County and is charged with having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported in October of 2006 near Laredo, Texas. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) is the lead investigative agency.

Aylediz Leon-Cuba. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. Leon-Cuba, 34, of Tulsa, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. If convicted, the minimum penalty is five years in prison and the maximum penalty is 40 years in prison along with a $5,000,000 fine. The defendant would also forfeit seized currency and a firearm. The Drug Enforcement Administration is the lead investigative agency.

Heron Marquez Ramirez and Sergio Guadalupe Gonzalez. Drug Conspiracy. Marquez Ramirez, 27, of Oklahoma City, and Guadalupe Gonzalez, 52, of Lancaster, Texas, are charged with conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. If convicted, the minimum penalty is five years in prison and the maximum penalty is 40 years in prison along with a $5,000,000 fine. The defendants would also forfeit a seized Porsche and face entry of a criminal forfeiture money judgment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigative agency.

Ulyssis Ramirez. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. Ramirez, 23, of Oklahoma City, is charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The defendant would also forfeit seized currency, a vehicle and face entry of a criminal forfeiture money judgment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigative agency.

Feliciano Saldana-Juarez. Alien in the United States After Deportation. Saldana-Juarez, 48, was arrested in Tulsa County and is charged with having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported in March of 2012 near Brownsville, Texas. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) is the lead investigative agency.

Gregory Lynn Shrader. Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Shrader, 55, of Jay, Oklahoma, is charged with possessing a 12 GA gauge shotgun, a .45 ACP rifle, a 9mm rifle, and ammunition after prior felony convictions in Arkansas. Those convictions include terroristic threatening, theft by receiving, and attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The defendant would also forfeit three firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this matter.

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