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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

FEDERAL INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

            TYLER, Texas – A federal grand jury returned indictments today charging individuals with federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Michael Terez Evans, 20, and Zachary Nathaniel Gooden, 24, both of Texarkana, Texas, and Nathan Duane Thompson, 23, of New Boston, Texas, were charged with bank robbery and aiding and abetting.  According to the indictment, on May 27, 2010, Evans, Gooden and Thompson are alleged to have robbed the Texar Federal Credit Union in Hooks, Texas.  If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol K. Wheeler.

            Aaron William John, Jr., 30, of Nacogdoches, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, law enforcement officers were dispatched to a disturbance at John's residence.  After arriving, they received consent to search the property and discovered six firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun and a firearm that had been reported as stolen.  Further investigation revealed John was a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, John faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

            Jorge Alvardo, 41, of Lafayette, IN, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.  According to the indictment, on May 25, 2010, Alvardo was stopped by Texas DPS in Nacogdoches for a traffic violation.  A search of the vehicle revealed more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and $139,000 in a hidden compartment.  If convicted, Alvardo faces up to Life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Texas DPS, DEA, and IRS and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

            Milton Louis Jackson, 49, of Flint, Texas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 3, 2010, Jackson is alleged to have been in possession of marijuana while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            Joshua Latham, 21, of Texarkana, Texas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 15, 2010, Latham is alleged to have been in possession of marijuana while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            Joseph Russell, 31, of New Boston, Texas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 22, 2010, Russell is alleged to have been in possession of marijuana while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            Michael Shawn Gladden, 36, of Fouke, AR, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Sep. 9, 2009, Gladden is alleged to have been in possession of marijuana while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            David Culpepper, 33, of Simms, Texas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 14, 2010, Culpepper is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            John Cody Thompson, 29, of Arkadelphia, AR, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Oct. 8, 2009, Thompson is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            Veronica Olga Birdwell, 49, of Hooks, Texas, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Jan. 21, 2010, Birdwell is alleged to have been in possession of methamphetamine while on federal property.  If convicted, she faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            Sammy Lee Walton, 36, of Fort Worth, was charged with simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Oct. 16, 2009, Walton is alleged to have been in possession of hydrocodone while on federal property.  If convicted, he faces up to one year in federal prison. 

            These cases are being investigated by the Red River Army Depot Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

            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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