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May 12, 2011

Federal Grand Jury Returns Multiple Indictments in Tyler, Texas

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

                Howard Wayne Collins, 66, of Greenville, Texas, was indicted for failing to register as a sex offender.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, from Sep. 21, 2010 to Apr. 7, 2011, Collins, a convicted sex offender, is alleged to have traveled in interstate commerce while failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Notification Act.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

                Kevin Davis Locklear, 25, of Jefferson, Texas, was indicted for failing to register as a sex offender.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, from July 29, 2010 to May 2, 2011, Locklear, a convicted sex offender, is alleged to have traveled in interstate commerce while failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Notification Act.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

                Edward Charles Lee, 45, of Gladewater, Texas, was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 7, 2011, Lee is alleged to have been found in possession of a stolen firearm.  Lee was previously convicted of felony offense battery in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1993.  It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess or own firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Upshur County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

                Benito Salazar, Jr., 30, of Dallas, Jose Raul Perez, 23, of Dallas, and Celophis Williams, 28, of Irving, Texas, were indicted on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine.  If convicted, they each face a minimum of 10 years, but not more than Life, in federal prison.  According to the indictment, the defendants are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy with others to possess and distribute cocaine and money from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas, by way of Interstate Highway 30, through the Eastern District of Texas.  This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Wheeler.

               

                Humberto Oliveros-Contreras, 34, a Mexican national, was indicted for being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 7, 2011, Oliveros-Contreras was located at the Rusk County Probation Office.  An investigation revealed he had been deported to Mexico on several occasions.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and deportation.  This case is being investigated ICE/HSI 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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