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April 3, 2009


(HOUSTON) - Lorenzo Guzman, 45, Saul G. Pena, 37, and Omar D. Zamarripa, 35, all of Houston, have been sentenced for their role in a copper theft ring involving the theft of bundles and sheets of commercial grade copper from ships at the Seaport and resold at a local scrap yard in Houston,  acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

United States District Judge Melinda Harmon sentenced each man to 12 months in federal prison and ordered each to pay a $3,000 fine for their role in the theft of more than $120,000 worth of copper from the Port from 2006 to 2008. The sentences were handed down at a hearing  held this morning in federal court.

The three men were each long time trusted employees of a Houston Stevedoring company who used their position in the company to secretly steal copper while it was being unloaded at the Port. On Oct. 17, 2008, the trio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal copper from interstate commerce in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.
All three men have been permitted to remain free on bond pending the issuance of an order to surrender to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

This case was investigated by Seaport Group of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Major Offenders Division of the Houston Police Department and was prosecuted Assistant United States Attorney Ryan D. McConnell.



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