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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Firearms, Drug, and Immigration Violations

SHERMAN, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned indictments this week charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The indictments were returned today.
 
            GARY DEAN LEE, 41, of Commerce, Texas, has been indicted for possession with the intent to distribute or dispense methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record; and, unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Lee faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million.

            This case is being investigated by the Sulphur Springs, Texas, Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tracey M. Batson.        

            DENNIS WAYNE BAECHT, 29, of Denison, Texas has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, Baecht could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  If it shown that the defendant has three previous convictions by any court for a violent felony or a serious drug offense, or both, he could face imprisonment of 15 years to life.

            This case is being investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            BRANDON RAY MITCHELL, 34, of Sulphur Springs, has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            GARY LANE BRADFORD, 54, of Plano, has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            GARY WADE PORTER, 20, of Muenster, Texas has been indicted in a 2 count indictment for knowingly possessing 24 stolen firearms from the inventory of a licensed firearms dealer.   According to the indictment, on March 14, 2007, Porter stole 24 firearms from Gehrig's Hardware Store.  If convicted, Porter could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 on each count.

            This case is being investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            PERRY DALE LITTLE, 66, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, has been indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute or Dispense or Possess with Intent to Distribute or Dispense 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.   If convicted, Little faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

            This case is being investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            GILBERTO DELAHOYA, 38, of Ft. Worth, has been indicted for Possession with the Intent to Distribute or Dispense 500 grams of more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine.    If convicted, Delahoya faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

            This case is being investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            EVELYN MARSHALL, 58, Green Cove Springs, Florida, has been indicted for Theft of Government Funds.

            If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by United States Department of Veteran Affairs and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall A. Blake.

            IGNACIO CARMONA-DEL CASTILLO, 43, IVAN BENJAMIN ISHAM, 75, and LINDA ROBINSON TAYLOR, 43, residences unknown, have been indicted for Transporting Illegal Aliens, Transporting Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain, and Aiding and Abetting.

            If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Blake.

            WILIBALDO GALLARDO-ROMERO, a.k.a. Wilibaldo Romero-Tamariz, a.k.a. Wilibaldo Gallardo-Tameriz, a.k.a. Juan Contreras-Tamariz, a.k.a. Wili Romero-Tamariz, a.k.a. Wili Romero, a.k.a. Wilibardo Gallardo, a.k.a. Wili Tameri,, a.k.a. Joel Carisales-Salazar, 29, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to the indictment, on September 11, 2007, Denton County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

            This case is being investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Blake.

            OSBALDO BALDEMAR CORONADO-ORTIZ, a/k/a Oscar Coronado-Ortiz, a/k/a Geurro Coronado-Ortiz, a/k/a Osbaldo B. Coronado-Ortiz, a/k/a Baldem Coronado-Ortiz, a/k/a O. Baldemar Coronado-Ortiz, 32, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien and Improper Entry by Alien after Avoidance of Examination or Inspection.

            According to the indictment, on August 7, 2007, Grayson County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

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

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

            JULIO CESAR FLORES-VELASQUEZ, a/k/a Julio Cesar Velasqeuz-Flores, a/k/a Julio Cesar Flores Velasquez, a/k/a Julio Cezar Florez Velasquez, a/k/a Julio Cesar Velasquez, a/k/a Julio Cesar Flores, a/k/a Julio Flores-Velasquez, a/k/a Cesar Flores-Velasquez, a/k/a Cesar Flores, a/k/a Julio C. Flores, a/k/a Julio Cesar Torres, 39, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to the indictment, on September 10, 2007, Grayson County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

            If convicted, Flores-Velasquez faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation, and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
            This case is being investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stevan A. Buys.

            JUAN OMANI MATA-MEDRANO, a/k/a Juan Osmani Mata, 30, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to the indictment, on September 15, 2007, Grayson County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

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

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

            GILBERTO ESPINOZA-ORTIZ, 21, of Mexico, has been indicted for bringing in and harboring certain aliens for financial gain.

            According to the indictment, on September 18, 2007, Van Zandt County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

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

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

            RUBEN MEDINA-GONZALEZ, a/k/a Ruben Medina, a/k/a Ruben Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Medina-Gonzales, a/k/a Ruben M. Gonzales, a/k/a Ruben Mark Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Mendla Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Menda, a/k/a Ruben Menda Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Cadillo, a/k/a Ruben Menda Cadillo, a/k/a Cadillo Gonzalez, a/k/a Rubin Medina Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Menda Gonzalez, a/k/a Ruben Perales, 39, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to the indictment, on September 10, 2007, Grayson County officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody.

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

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

ASHLEY MICHELLE PYLE, 23, of Denison, SHARON DENISE SMITH, 36, of Denison, KENDRA KATHERINE JURRENS, 30 of Pottsboro, Texas, and RICHARD LEON HOWELL, 33 of Denison, have been indicted on 10 Counts of conspiracy to possess stolen mail, theft or receipt of stolen mail matter, and conspiracy to possess 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud.

If convicted, the Defendants each face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 for each count.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            JOEL ALAN HARBOUR, 34, of Sherman, has been indicted for counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States. 

            According to the indictment, on or about February 6, 2007, Harbour altered sixteen five dollar Federal Reserve Notes by bleaching off their serial numbers and series year.

            If convicted, Harbour faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            LATASHA JOHNSON, 29, of Fort Worth, has been indicted for making, passing and possessing counterfeit checks. 

            According to the indictment, on or about August 25, 2006 through October 6, 2006, Johnson used counterfeit checks to purchase merchandise at various Wal-Mart stores within the Eastern District of Texas.

If convicted, Johnson faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 for each count.

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.  
           
DANIEL RAY TAYLOR, 35, of Gainesville, has been indicted for counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States. 

According to the indictment, on or about August 23, 2007, Taylor made, forged and counterfeited a $20.00 Federal Reserve Note.

If convicted, Taylor faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            ADAN HERNANDEZ-RAMOS, 22, of Collin County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States.

If convicted, Hernandez-Ramos faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

GEOVANNI GOMEZ-ROMAN, 26, of Collin County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States and was found in the Eastern District of Texas. 

If convicted, Gomez-Roman faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000. 

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

EUFROCINO RIOS-BENITEZ, 26, of Collin County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States.

If convicted, Rios-Benitez faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

RAMIRO OLVERA-RICO, 32, of Denton County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States.
 
If convicted, Olvera-Rico faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000. 

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

MIGUEL ALBERTO JUAREZ-JUAREZ, 22, of Collin County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States. 

If convicted, Juarez-Juarez faces up to 20 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000. 
The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

ASHFORD TROY ROGERS, 28, of Denton, has been indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, MDA and Marijuana; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 

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

This case is being investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sam Cantrell. 

DAVID THURMAN BENNETT, 36, of Lewisville, has been indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; 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, Bennett faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

This case is being investigated by ATF and 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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