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GRAND JURY RETURNS FEDERAL INDICTMENTS

Eight Individuals Indicted for Various Charges

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a federal  grand jury has returned several indictments this week on separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
MANUEL MIMILA-GUZMAN, 29, and ANTOMIO RAFAEL ROJAS-RIOS, 25, both citizens of Mexico, were indicted for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.  If convicted, each could receive up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

Information presented in Court stated that the Defendants agreed to drive a group of 15 aliens illegally present in the United States from Phoenix, Arizona to Van Zandt County and other destinations on the east coast of the United States.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst is prosecuting the case.

ALBERT LEMOYNE SELLERS, 71, formerly of Tyler, was indicted for failure to file income tax returns.  In a separate indictment, his wife, CHERYLN MARCOS SELLERS, 49, was also indicted for failure to file income tax returns.  If convicted, each Defendant could receive a sentence of up to one year in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

            The Defendants are charged in separate indictments with failing to file tax returns in the years 2000, 2001 and 2003.

This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Middleton.

MICHAEL LLOYD FRANCIS, 47, of Richmond, Texas, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute at least 15 kilograms, but less than 50 kilograms, of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.  If convicted, Francis could receive up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million. 
  
            Information presented in Court stated that during a traffic stop on March 12, 2007, a Department of Public Safety trooper stopped Francis on Highway 59 in Rusk County for a traffic violation and subsequently located approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine powder concealed within the truck Francis was driving.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore.

            MARVIN LAMONT WHITE, 35, of Houston, was indicted on charges of access device fraud.  If convicted, he could receive up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
           
            According to the indictment, on December 23, 2006, White was stopped by a Queen City police officer for a traffic offense.  When the officer ran White’s driver’s license number, he discovered an outstanding arrest warrant out of Brazoria County.  After White was placed under arrest, the officer inventoried the vehicle and discovered numerous expensive newly purchased electronics items still in their boxes.  He also discovered a laptop computer, a swipe magnetic card reader/writer, and several credit cards hidden under the center console liner.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble.

            MARICELA CANOA-CORRALES, 24, was indicted on charges of being a criminal alien unlawfully present in the United States after deportation.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

            Information presented in Court stated ICE agents encountered Maricela Canoa-Corrales in Rains County after she had previously been arrested and deported from the United States after her conviction for the commission of an aggravated felony.

            The Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement is investigating this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst is prosecuting this case.

            ISAIAH MURPHY, 23, of Lufkin, was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm.  If convicted, he could receive 10 years imprisonment unless he has three or more felony convictions for crimes of violence or serious drug offenses, then he could receive 15 years to life.  He could receive a fine of up to $250,000.

            On March 22, 2007, Lufkin police officers executed a search/arrest warrant for Murphy at his residence for five prior undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Murphy.  During the execution of the search warrant, officers recovered a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol.  Murphy has prior felony convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, abandoning/endangering a child and retaliation in Angelina County, Texas.

            This case is being investigated by the Lufkin Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Flournoy.  

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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