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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

FEDERAL INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that indictments were returned on Jan. 6, 2010, charging several individuals with federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.

           SUSAN E. CRAWFORD, a.k.a. SUSAN SMITH, 50, of New Boston, Texas, was indicted for driving while intoxicated – repeat offender.  According to the indictment, Crawford is alleged to have operated a motor vehicle on the Red River Army Depot while having a breath alcohol concentration of .08 or more.  Further investigation revealed Crawford had been previously convicted of driving while intoxicated in 1997 and 2007.  If convicted, Crawford faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

           This case is being investigated by the Red River Army Depot and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

            LEO PATRICK COLLINS, 43, of Pine Bluff, Ark., was indicted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 7, 2009, Collins is alleged to have been found to be in possession of approximately 2 kilograms of powder cocaine in Titus County, Texas.  If convicted, Collins faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

           This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Wheeler.

            CARLOS CHAVIRA, 33, of McAllen, Texas, and LUIS ANTONIO PALOMA, 32, of Edinburg, Texas, were indicted on charges of conspiracy and possession of 100 kilograms of marijuana.  According to the indictment, from an unknown date until Dec. 19, 2009, Chavira and Paloma are alleged to have knowingly conspired to possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana in Titus County, Texas.  If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in federal prison.

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

           LEONEL MIRALRRIO, JR., 23, of Irving, JOSE GAONA-ARROYO, 38, of Dallas, ALEJANDRO CABRERA, 45, of Dallas, JUAN RAMIREZ CABALLERO, 23, of Dallas, MICAH DEAN THOMSON, 42, of Dallas, and PETER KEOVONGPHET, 22, of Irving, were indicted on charges of conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine as well as various firearms violations and other charges.  According to the indictment, from 2007 to July 23, 2009, the defendants are alleged to have knowingly conspired to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine from Dallas, Texas through Smith County, Texas to Mississippi.  If convicted, the defendants could receive up to life in federal prison.

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

           JAIME RAMIREZ-ALVAREZ, 38, a Mexican national, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 6, 2009, Ramirez-Alvarez is alleged to have been found in Titus County, Texas after having been deported to Mexico on June 8, 2004, following a conviction on Mar. 6, 2003, for driving while intoxicated in Gregg County, Texas.  If convicted, he faces up 10 years in federal prison and deportation.

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

           RAMIRO CRUZ-LOREA, 41, of Nuevo Laredo, Tamualipas, Mexico, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on June 4, 2009, Cruz-Lorea, was arrested by the Pittsburg Police Department for Sexual Abuse of a Child, a state charge for which he has been convicted and sentenced.  Further investigation revealed Cruz-Lorea had previously been deported to Mexico from the United States on at least two occasions.  If convicted, he faces up 20 years in federal prison and deportation.

           This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Wheeler.

           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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