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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007                                                                 PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Guns, Drugs and Immigration Violations

SHERMAN, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned indictments this week charging 13 individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            RAUL CALVA-RAMIREZ, a.k.a. Raul Valintine Calba, a.k.a. Raul Ramirez Calva, a.k.a. Raul Valentin Calva, a.k.a. Raul Calva Ramirez, a.k.a Raul V. Calva, a.k.a. Raul Calva-Ramirez, a.k.a. See Clets, a.k.a. Raul Hernandez, 30, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to court documents, on June 8, 2007, law enforcement authorities in Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

            If convicted, Calva-Ramirez faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stevan A. Buys.

            J. SANTOS HERNANDEZ-NIAVE, 31, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to court documents, on May 23, 2007, the Plano Police Department notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

            If convicted, Hernandez-Niave faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stevan A. Buys.

            KEVIN ALEXANDER MENDEZ-BALLERIO, 25, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to court documents, on May 30, 2007, Grayson County law enforcement officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

            If convicted, Mendez-Ballerio faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stevan A. Buys.

KENNETH RAY ELLIS, 48, of Thackerville, Oklahoma has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a felony.

  If convicted, Ellis faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Ellis has 3 previous felony convictions, he could receive up to life in federal prison.
                       
            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

BILLY ROY HARRISON, 37, of Allen, Texas has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a felony.

  If convicted, Harrison faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Harrison has 3 previous felony convictions, he could receive up to life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

RICHARD GEOFFREY DAVENPORT, 31, of Coppell, Texas has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a felony.

  If convicted, Davenport faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Davenport has 3 previous felony convictions, he could receive up to life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

DAVID LEE SLAVENS, 27, of Mesquite, Texas has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a felony.

  If convicted, Slavens faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Slavens has 3 previous felony convictions, he could receive up to life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

MICHAEL SHAWN LYNCH, 38, of Gainesville, Texas has been indicted for knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

If convicted, Lynch faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

RANDY MARTIN ROBINETTE, 57, of Gainesville, has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a felony.

  If convicted, Robinette faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Robinette has 3 previous felony convictions, he could receive up to life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Burgess.

            MOISES INEZ UMANA, 38, of Garland, and ALEJANDRO BENITEZ QUIROZ, 21, an illegal alien, have both been indicted for Conspiracy to Harbor and Transport Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain and Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain.

            If convicted, Umana and Quiroz each face up to five years in federal prison for each count and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
           
            This case is being investigated by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josh Burgess.

KYE CLAYTON ROBERTS, 19, of Richardson, has been indicted for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime and Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm.

 If convicted, Roberts faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Cantrell.

            JAMES LEONARD SCHMITZ, 46, of Dallas, has been indicted for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

If convicted, Roberts faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Cantrell.

            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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