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January 2009 Press Releases

Jan. 30, 2009 - Ruiz
UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

(MCALLEN, Texas) – United States Border Patrol agent Salomon Ruiz, 34, of McAllen, has pleaded guilty to accusations of accepting bribes in exchange for escorting narcotics loads (Read more)


Jan. 30, 2009 - Jones
MAN WHO RAN PROSTITUTION BUSINESS PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX EVASION

(Houston) - Randall Bradley Jones has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon to one count of tax evasion (Read more)


Jan. 30, 2009 - Chavez-Gonzalez, Lopez-Villarreal, Posada, et al
FOUR SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS FOR TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE AND LAUNDERING DRUG PROCEEDS

(LAREDO, Texas) - Four men convicted of conspiring to possess hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and laundering millions in drug proceeds have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms (Read more)


Jan. 29, 2009 - LaGrange
MEMBERS OF TRANSPORTATION CELL RESPONSIBLE FOR SMUGGLING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS SENTENCED TO PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) – The Leader of a conspiracy responsible for smuggling more than 70 undocumented aliens from Laredo in commercial tractor-trailers has been sentenced to 115 months in prison (Read more)


Jan. 29, 2009 - Ortiz, et al
MEMBERS OF BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION ALIEN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED

(LAREDO, Texas)  – Members of the Ortiz Family Alien Trafficking Organization based in Bryan/College Station, Texas, were sentenced today in connection with federal alien trafficking charges (Read more)


Jan. 28, 2009 - Gonzalez
Woman Convicted in Kidnapping Conspiracy Involving Federal Judge

(HOUSTON) - Aracely Gonzalez, 53, of McAllen, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping (Read more)


Jan. 28, 2009 - De Los Santos
DRUG SMUGGLER RECEIVES PRISON TERM OF 292 MONTHS

(LAREDO, Texas) – Esmeralda Griselda De Los Santos has been sentenced to a 292-month prison term for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 10.6 kilograms of cocaine and 0.6 kilograms of methamphetamine (Read more)


Jan. 26, 2009 - Villarreal-Ochoa
OWNER OF VILLARREAL TRANSPORT SENTENCED FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Miguel Fernando Villarreal-Ochoa, 36, owner of Villarreal Transport, has been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for conspiring to possess and possessing with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Jan. 26, 2009 - Wade
EX-HOSTGATOR.COM EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR COMPUTER INTRUSION

(HOUSTON, Texas) - A former employee of Hostgator.com has been sentenced following his conviction related to exceeding his access and intentionally causing damages to Hostgator.com (Read more)


Jan. 22, 2009 - Rodriguez Jr., Reyna and Ortiz
THREE VALLEY MEN SENTENCED FOR “GOOD SAMARITAN” CAR JACKING

(MCALLEN, Texas) – Alfredo Rodriguez Jr., 20, Jose De La Luz Reyna, 22, and Aaron Ortiz, 20, have been sentenced to 84 months, 108 months and 27 months, respectively, for carjacking and conspiracy to carjack (Read more)


Jan. 22, 2009 -Longoria
MORE THAN NINE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FELON WITH GUN

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Daniel Longoria, 42, has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm (Read more)


Jan. 21, 2009 - Operation Broken Star
SEVERAL ARRESTED FOR COCAINE AND MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING

Result of multi-agency anti-gang task force initiative

(HOUSTON) – Ten defendants charged in a five-count indictment have been arrested for their roles in an alleged marijuana and cocaine trafficking conspiracy (Read more)


Jan. 16, 2009 - Alvarez-Rodriguez, Mireles, Alvarez, et al
14 CHARGED WITH FEDERAL AND STATE CRACK COCAINE CHARGES

Eight in custody; two others in state custody on unrelated charges; warrants outstanding for four more

(McALLEN, Texas) – A total of 14 area residents have been charged as the result of a joint federal and state investigation into the distribution of cocaine base, more commonly referred to as crack cocaine, in and around the Roma and Rio Grande City areas (Read more)


Jan. 16, 2009 - Blackard
CIVILIAN CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO FEDERAL AGENTS

(HOUSTON) – A civilian contractor who performed work on the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to make false statements about and concealing his frequent and lengthy contact with a female Chinese national as alleged in a superseding indictment (Read more)


Jan. 16, 2009 - Hernandez-Hernandez
MAN SENTENCED IN ALIEN SMUGGLING CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - Jesus Hernandez-Hernandez, 33, an illegal alien from Mexico, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. to 51 months imprisonment for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal aliens within the United States for financial gain (Read more)


Jan. 16, 2009 - Larrazolo
FORMER DPS TROOPER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE

(BROWNSVILLE) – A former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 26 kilogram quantities of cocaine (Read more)


Jan. 15, 2009 - Xu
DISTRIBUTOR OF COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) –  Kevin Xu, 36, a citizen of the Peoples Republic of China, has been sentenced to prison for distributing counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals in the United States (Read more)


Jan. 14, 2009 - Valencia-Zepeda, Valencia-Zepeda, and Torres-Cisneros
THREE MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY

(McALLEN, Texas) – Three Mexican nationals, formerly residing in Roma and Laredo, Texas, were sentenced to federal prison on Jan. 13, 2009, for conspiring to launder drug money (Read more)


Jan. 9, 2009 - Esquivel
FORMER BANK EXECUTIVE ASSISTANCE SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM CUSTOMER’S ACCOUNT

(LAREDO, Texas) – Brenda Esquivel, 26, formerly employed as the executive assistant to the president of International Bank of Commerce (IBC), has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kazen to 13 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay $62,450 in restitution (Read more)


Jan. 9, 2009 - Estes
Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty

(Houston) - Dennis Lane Estes has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion for evading the taxes of one of his clients, in violation of Title 26, United Stares Code, Section 7201 (Read more)


Jan. 9, 2009 - Seyfried, Blair, Hutson, et al
SIX SENTENCED FOR FEMA FRAUD

Brings to 40 the number of persons sentenced to fraud relating to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in SDTX

(HOUSTON) – Six defendants convicted of FEMA fraud relating to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were sentenced this week, with three receiving prison terms in excess of a year (Read more)


Jan. 8, 2009 - Mariscal-Orlandes, Pena, Arce, et al
FOUR SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN FIREARMS SCHEME

(McALLEN, Texas) – Four people have been sentenced for their roles in the purchase of firearms that were transferred to drug cartels in Mexico (Read more)


Jan. 7, 2009 - Rogers
OWNER OF OSA FINANCIAL SERVICES CHARGED WITH FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - James Gordon Rogers, 49, of Houston, has been indicted for allegedly passing fictitious securities (Read more)


Jan. 7, 2009 - Inglet
FORMER LOCAL ADULT BUSINESSES OWNER SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO IMPEDE THE IRS

(HOUSTON) – Andrew Jinks Inglet, 55, who once owned and operated a chain of adult-oriented businesses in the Houston-area, has been sentenced to 20 months for conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service (Read more)


Jan. 7, 2009 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
WAL-MART STORES INC. PAYS FINE FOR ALLEGED RECORD-KEEPING VIOLATIONS

(HOUSTON) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., including facilities doing business as Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Sam’s Club Pharmacy, has paid the Southern District of Texas a $637,000 fine to resolve numerous alleged record-keeping violations of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act (Read more)


Jan. 7, 2009 - Alvarez
NUEVO LAREDO MEN’S CLUB MANAGER INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE AMMUNITION INTO MEXICO

(LAREDO, Texas) – Raul Alvarez, 29, a U.S. citizen and the business manager of a men’s club in Colonia Mirador, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been indicted for attempting to smuggle hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the U.S. into Mexico and for making a false statement to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer (Read more)


Jan. 6, 2009 - Morales
FORMER BORDER PATROL AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

(LAREDO, Texas) –  Former United States Border Patrol agent Leonel Morales, 30, of Zapata County, has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for escorting a narcotics load (Read more)


Jan. 6, 2009 - Gonzalez-Lopez and Barrera-Izquierdo
MEN SENTENCED IN ALIEN SMUGGLING CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - Lander Gonzalez-Lopez, 21, and Juvenal Barrera-Izquierdo, 26, both illegal aliens from Mexico, have been sentenced by United States District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. to 46 and 57 months imprisonment, respectively, for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal aliens within the United States for financial gain (Read more)


Jan. 5, 2009 - Sambrano and Guzman
EL PASO BUSINESSMEN PLEAD GUILTY IN PSJA-ISD BRIBERY SCHEME

(McALLEN, Texas) – Two El Paso, Texas, businessmen have entered pleas of guilty to charges alleging conspiracy to commit mail fraud involving items of value given to public officials in exchange for help in obtaining Pharr San Juan Alamo-Independent School District (PSJA-ISD) construction contracts (Read more)


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