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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2007                           PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Bank Robbery and Immigration Violations

TYLER, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned indictments this week charging seven individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
PASQUAL TELLEZ-ROSALES a/k/a BENITO TELLEZ-ROSALES, 37, of Mexico, was indicted on a charge of criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after deportation.  If convicted, he could each receive not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000, or both; and a term of supervised release of not more than three years.

            The indictment alleges that on October 24, 2007, Defendant, an alien, who had been previously arrested and deported from the United States, was knowingly and unlawfully found present in Titus County, Texas, having not obtained the consent of the Attorney General of the United States or his successor, the Secretary for Homeland Security to reapply for admission into the United States.

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

 

            DERRICK VAN HODGES and PAUL EDWARD THOMAS, 33 and 40 respectively, both of Tyler, were indicted on charges of bank robbery and aiding and abetting and use and carrying of a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting.  If convicted, they could each receive imprisonment of not more than 25 years, a fine of not more than $250,000; or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years on the bank robbery counts.  On the firearm charges, they could receive imprisonment for a term of not less than 5 years, nor more than 7 years if the firearm is brandished, or not less than 10 years if the firearm is discharged, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both.   If a person is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this section, imprisonment shall be for a term of not less than 25 years.  Any person convicted of this violation shall not be placed on probation and no term of imprisonment shall run concurrently with any other term of imprisonment.

            Hodges and Thomas are charged with robbing the Bank of America in Henderson, Texas, on November 3, 2006 and the Citizens National Bank in Crockett, Texas on September 21, 2007.  The men allegedly entered the bank with handguns and an assault rifle and took money from the tellers at the banks.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Rangers and various local agencies, including the Henderson Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff's Office and the Crockett Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jim Middleton is prosecuting this case.

DANIEL F. CANTU, 26, of Edinburg, was indicted on charges of laundering of monetary instruments and interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of racketeering.  If convicted, he could receive up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000.00 on each count.

This case is being investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

DARIUS WALKER, 30, of Texarkana, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute approximately 5 kilograms of cocaine.  If convicted, he could receive not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $4,000,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years.  If the offense was committed after a prior conviction for a felony drug offense, a term of imprisonment which may be not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $4,000,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of at least 8 years.

Defendant Walker is charged in a two count Indictment with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.  The violations are alleged to have occurred on or about July 13, 2006 when Walker was stopped on Interstate 30 in Bowie County.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Bill Baldwin is prosecuting the case.

CALANDRIS DEANDRE LAMB, 30, of Lufkin, was indicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both, plus a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years.

Defendant Lamb is charged in a one-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was stopped for speeding on August 22, 2007 in Cherokee County.  A search of his vehicle revealed a loaded pistol in the front seat and six additional handguns in a briefcase in the trunk.  Lamb had previously been convicted of a felony offense of burglary of a habitation on June 8, 2000 in Bell County, and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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

JOSE ROSARIO CASTRO-SALAS, 34, of Mexico, was indicted on a charge of criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after deportation.  If convicted, he could each receive not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000, or both; and a term of supervised release of not more than three years.

            Defendant, a legal resident of Mexico, was found in Morris County, Texas, after he had previously arrested and deported from the United States.

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