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GRAND JURY RETURNS MULTIPLE INDICTMENTS
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2011

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

                Michelle Van Den Biggelarr, 38, of Ponder, Texas, has been indicted on three counts of possession of stolen mail.  According to the indictment, from Jan. 31, 2011 to Feb. 14, 2011, Van Den Biggelarr, is alleged to have stolen United States mail which contained currency, gift cards, and other mail matter while employed as a postal carrier by the U.S. Postal Service.  If convicted, Van Den Biggelarr faces up to 5 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

                Felipe DeJesus Garcia, 29, of Rowlett, Texas, and Armando Valencia-Hernandez, 33, of Plano, have been indicted conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.  If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen Smith.

                Julian Hernandez Avelino, 38, of Mexico, has been indicted for being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and deportation.  This case is being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations ICE/HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam E. Rea.

                Elias Abraham Reyes-Amaya, aka Jairon Alexis Bernal-Martinez, 32, of Mexico, and Maria Elena Razo-Andrade, 35, of Mexico, have been charged in separate indictments with being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported.  If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in federal prison and deportation.  These cases are being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations ICE/HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam E. Rea.


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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