United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ARNOLD SPENCER
TUESDAY, July 11, 2007 PHONE: (903) 590-1400
GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
TYLER, TX – A federal grand jury returned several indictments this week on separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
ROBERTO P. ARMENDARIZ-LOZANO, 41, living in Tyler, was indicted on charges of criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after deportation. If convicted, he could receive not more than 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. A term of supervised release of not more than 3 years may be assessed along with a mandatory special assessment of $100.
Information presented in Court stated that on June 6, 2007, the Defendant was arrested by officers of the Tyler Police Department for failure to identify himself. He was sentenced to 45 days in Smith County Jail and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) was notified. On June 27, 2007, a BICE agent came to Smith County and found the Defendant and determined that he had been deported or removed to Mexico three times after being convicted of an aggravated felony, that is, conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. He was last removed to Mexico on March 20, 2007.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst.
JESUS VELIZ-GARCIA, 25, of Mexico living in Smith County, Texas, was indicted on for alien unlawfully present in the United States after deportation. If convicted, he could receive not more than 2 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000, or both; and a term of supervised release of not more than 1 year.
Information presented in Court stated that on or about June 12, 2007, in the Eastern District of Texas, Defendant, Jesus Veliz-Garcia, an alien who had previously been arrested and deported from the United States, knowingly and unlawfully was found present in the United States, that is, in Gregg County, Texas, said Defendant 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 Gregg Marchessault.
MAYKER SANCHEZ, 29, of Miami, Florida, and NELSON TORRES, 28, of Cape Corral, Florida, were indicted on charges of theft from interstate shipment. The indictment alleges that Sanchez and Torres stole 50 televisions being shipped on a truck, from Pittsburg to Dallas. If convicted, they could receive imprisonment for not more than 10 years, a fine of not more than $250,000 and supervised release of not more than 3 years.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Middleton.
CASEY LEE BRIGGS, JR., 26, of Longview, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of at least 500 grams but less than 1.5 kilograms of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. If convicted, he could receive a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years or more than life, a fine not to exceed $4,000,000, or both. A term of supervised release of at least 5 years in addition to such term of imprisonment and a special assessment of $100.
Information presented in Court stated that a search warrant was executed on June 26, 2007 at the home of the Defendant by the CODE Unit wherein methamphetamine, assorted pills and U.S. currency totaling $60,825 was found. Briggs was being investigated as part of a drug investigation that has resulted in previous indictments.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gregg County CODE Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore is prosecuting this case.
ROMIE WESLEY BROWN, 31, of Dallas, was indicted on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Brown could receive 10 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $250,000.
The indictment alleges that on May 1, 2007, in Panola County, Texas, Brown was found to be in possession of a Mossberg, 12 gauge shotgun and a user quantity of cocaine.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Carthage Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble is prosecuting the case.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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