News and Press Releases

July 2012 Press Releases

July 26, 2012 - Torres
Leader of Straw Purchasing Cell Gets 10 Years in Federal Prison

MCALLEN, Texas – The leader of a straw purchasing cell and another defendant have just been handed significant sentences for their respective roles in the recruiting of others to make false statements on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) forms 4473 in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) read more


July 26, 2012 - Mills
Florida Man Convicted of Money Laundering Conspiracy in Relation to Ethan Allen Insurance Scam

HOUSTON – Robert Steve Mills, 57, of Bonita Springs, Fla., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money read more


July 26, 2012 - Gonzalez-Cavazos
Federal Jury Convicts Lopeno Man of Transporting Illegal Aliens

McALLEN, Texas - Enrique Gonzalez-Cavazos, 41, a legal permanent resident of Lopeno, Texas, has been found guilty of three counts of transporting illegal aliens within the United States read more


July 25, 2012 - Gonzalez and Perez
Two More People Sentenced to Federal Prison for Straw Purchasing

MCALLEN, Texas – Two additional members of a straw purchasing ring who were making false statements on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) forms 4473 in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) are now serving federal prison terms read more


July 25, 2012 - Gandy
Houston Man Enters Held for Transporting a Child for Commercial Sex 

HOUSTON – Jason Daniel Gandy, 35, of Houston, has been ordered held without bond as a flight risk and danger to the community read more


July 24, 2012 - Caballero
Father and Son Sentenced for Straw Purchasing

MCALLEN, Texas – A father and son involved in making false statements on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) forms 4473 in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) will now be serving prison terms read more


July 20, 2012 - Villanueva
Edinburg Man Charged with Receiving Firearms with Intent to Commit Felonies and While Using Drugs

McALLEN, Texas – David Villanueva, 20, of Edinburg, Texas, has been ordered detained following charges of receiving firearms with the intent to commit felonies and for possessing the firearms while being an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance read more


July 20, 2012 - Yeakey
Spring Man Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter in Death of Friend in Japan

HOUSTON - Federal charges have been filed against the son of a United States Navy man for his role in a car crash in Okinawa, Japan, which left one man dead and another seriously injured read more


July 19, 2012 - White
Spring Man Convicted of Trafficking in Counterfeit CHI Products

HOUSTON - Eric White, 52, of Spring, Texas, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiring to traffic in counterfeit CHI hair care products read more


July 19, 2012 - Scott
Houston Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor for Commercial Sex

HOUSTON – Jeremy Jacobi Scott aka “J Moe,” 28, of Houston, has been ordered detained pending trial on charges of sex trafficking of a minor read more


July 19, 2012 - Salinas
Zapata Man Handed Sentence for Trafficking 200+ Kilos of Marijuana

LAREDO, Texas – Lenny Salinas, 25, of Zapata, Texas, has been handed a 63-month-term of federal imprisonment following his conviction of possession with the intent to distribute 216.2 kilograms of marijuana read more


July 19, 2012 - Carranza-Gomez
Honduran Woman Charged with Identity Theft

HOUSTON - A two-count federal indictment has been returned charging Honduran national Glenda Yamileth Carranza-Gomez, 32, for falsely and willfully representing herself to be a citizen of the United States and aggravated identity theft read more


July 19, 2012 - Flores-Martinez and Padilla-Perez
Two More Convicted for Attempting to Smuggle Assault Rifle Magazines

LAREDO, Texas – Julio Cesar Flores-Martinez, 46, and Francisco Padilla-Perez, 41, both Mexican nationals, have pleaded guilty to attempting to illegally smuggle a total of 652 assault rifle magazines to Mexico read more


July 18, 2012 - Gallegos
Aliens on a Plane Lead to Federal Charges Against Mexican Man

McALLEN, Texas – Jorge Luis Gallegos-Avila, 39, of Mexico, is facing federal charges for allegedly harboring and transporting illegal aliens found boarding a plane at the McAllen-Miller International Airport read more


July 17, 2012 - Baca
Harlingen Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Alejandro Baca, 21, of Harlingen, Texas, has been indicted for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography read more


July 10, 2012 - Gu
Chinese National Pleads Guilty in Nearly $1 Million Bank Fraud/Identity Theft Scam

HOUSTON – Xin Gu, 29, of Dalian, China, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


July 10, 2012 - Black et al
4TH Street Blood Gang Members Handed Federal Sentences

HOUSTON – Following their pleas of guilty earlier this year, four members of the 4th Street Bloods criminal street gang have been sentenced to federal prison read more


July 9, 2012 - Ewanko
Former Houston Pilot Sentenced to Prison for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Todd Steven Ewanko, 48, an Humble, Texas, resident and former commercial pilot, has been handed a 151-month prison term following his convictions for distribution and possession of child pornography read more


July 9, 2012 - Sanchez and Rivera
Two Plead Guilty to Attempted Smuggling of Assault Rifle Magazines

LAREDO, Texas – Mexican national Teodoro Sanchez-Alejo, 33, and Alejandro Rivera-Ruiz, 37, of Laredo, Texas, have been convicted of attempting to illegally smuggle a total of 300 assault rifle magazines to Mexico read more


July 9, 2012 - Nichols
Houston Man Convicted of Defrauding VFW

HOUSTON - Joe H. Nichols, 46, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of mail fraud in connection with charitable donations from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) read more


July 5, 2012 - Alvarado
Father and Son Charged in HSI Agent Shooting

McALLEN, Texas – Pedro Alvarado, 41, and Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, have been arrested and charged with the assault of a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent read more


July 3, 2012 - Hans
Tanzania Man Allegedly Ingests 100 Pellets of Heroin, Indicted for Possession with Intent to Distribute

HOUSTON – A 30-year-old Tanzanian man has been indicted for allegedly ingesting more than 100 pellets containing more than one kilogram of heroin read more


July 3, 2012 - Fields
Houston Resident Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud

HOUSTON – Christopher Fields, 49, of Houston, has been arrested on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, false oath and false declaration read more


July 3, 2012 - Sandoval
Former La Villa Corrections Officer Convicted of Smuggling Cell Phone to Federal Inmate

McALLEN, Texas - Jorge Luis Sandoval, 31, of Pharr, Texas, has been convicted on a bribery charge for smuggling a cellular phone into the East Hildago Detention Center read more


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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