DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

                  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

FEDERAL INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that indictments have been returned charging several individuals with federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JORDAN LADUE, 23, of Whitehouse, TX, was indicted on charges of possessing and using counterfeit money.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison .  According to the indictment, on April 8 and 9, 2009, LaDue is alleged to have possessed and passed counterfeit $100 bills at the Wal-Mart on Troup Hwy. in Tyler.

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

            LEONEL MIRALRRIO, JR., 23, JOSE GAONA-ARROYO, 38, ALEJANDRO CABRERA, 45, and JUAN RAMIREZ CABALLERO, 41, all of Dallas, Texas, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; and possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Additionally, MICAH DEAN THOMSON, 42, also of Dallas, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and PETER KEOVONGPHET, 22, of Irving, Texas, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.   If convicted, they each could face up to Life in federal prison.  According to the Indictment, the defendants are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Dallas and Smith counties from 2007 through July of 2009.

            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

            LEE DALE WHITE, 25, of Dallas, was charged in a Superseding Indictment with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  If convicted, he faces up to Life in federal prison.  According to the Indictment, from October 2007 through September 2008, White is alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Tyler, Texas.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

            THOMAS PAUL HART, 61, of Benton, Arkansas, RANDALL FRANKLIN GARRETT, 52, of Hot Springs, Ark., and RANDY LYNN ELLIS, 55, of Emmet, Ark., were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  If convicted, they each could face up to 40 years in federal prison.  According to the Indictment, the defendants are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to distribute between 100 and 400 kilograms of marijuana in Bowie County from March 1, 2009 through April 10, 2009.

            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson.

            ALEJANDRO ALFREDO VASQUEZ-ESQUIVAL, 31, of Houston, TX, was indicted on charges of possession of a firearm while illegally in the United States.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison .  According to the indictment, on July 21, 2009, Vasquez-Esquival was discovered in Rusk County while in possession of a rifle and illegally in the United States.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

            FELIX ANTONIO VASQUEZ-REYES, 32, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 16, 2009, the Texarkana Police Department notified federal authorities that the defendant was in custody on a local warrant.  If convicted, Vasquez-Reyes faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Texarkana Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

            LUCIANO CARREON-CRUZ, 49, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on May 21, 2009, the Tyler Police Department notified federal authorities that the defendant was in custody on a local warrant.  If convicted, he faces up 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

            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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