News and Press Releases

July 2013 Press Releases

July 31, 2013 - Mendez
Laredo Jury Convicts Three in “Operation El Patron”

LAREDO, Texas – Three drug and money laundering co-conspirators have been found guilty of charges resulting from a long-term Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation read more


July 31, 2013 - Zuniga
Three Charged with Various Drug Trafficking Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A three-count indictment alleging cocaine and heroin trafficking conspiracies has been partially unsealed following the arrest of a Corpus Christi resident read more


July 31, 2013 - Dammai
South Carolina Man Enters Plea to Introducing Stem Cells into Interstate Commerce

HOUSTON – Vincent Dammai, 42, of Pleasant, S.C., has entered a guilty plea to causing the introduction of stem cells into interstate commerce without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) read more


July 31, 2013 - Centeno
Real Estate Agent Arrested for Money Laundering

McALLEN, Texas - Freddy Centeno, of Brownsville, has been arrested following the return of two-count indictment alleging money laundering for a convicted drug trafficker and making false statements to federal agents read more


July 30, 2013 - Garza
Weslaco Man Sentenced for Carjacking Woman and Four Children

McALLEN, Texas - Luis Armando Garza Jr., 31, of Weslaco, has been ordered to prison following his conviction for carjacking and use of a firearm during a crime of violence read more


July 30, 2013 - Alaniz-Allen
Mission Man Ordered to Federal Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

McALLEN, Texas – Mission resident Jose Alaniz-Allen, 23, has been ordered to prison for nearly 19 years following his conviction of receipt of child pornography read more


July 30, 2013 - Vallejo
Former Fugitive Finally Sent to Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Juan Becerra Vallejo, 55, has just been handed a federal prison term following his conviction of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine read more


July 29, 2013 - Carrillo
Mexican Boat Captain Sentenced to Federal Prison After Fleeing from Coast Guard

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jose Alejandro Carrillo, 24, of Matamoros, Mexico, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of obstructing boarding read more

July 26, 2013 - Miramontes
Members of Distribution Ring Sent to Federal Prison for Trafficking Nearly a Ton of Marijuana

McALLEN, Texas – Mexican Nationals Gabriel Miramontes, 36, Carlos Garza-Salazar, 31, Jose Gonzalez-Lopez, 27, and Librado Zuniga-Polanco, 30, have been ordered to prison following their convictions in relation to a marijuana trafficking conspiracy read more


July 26, 2013 - Baker
“Professional” Medicare Beneficiary Turned Patient Recruiter Sentenced to Federal Prison

HOUSTON—Robert Glenn Baker, 57, of Houston, has been sentenced for conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statute read more


July 25, 2013 - Billy Frank Weatherred
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON - A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to his membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise, announced read more


July 25, 2013 - Carpio Jr
Laredoan Convicted in Meth and Marijuana Conspiracy

LAREDO - Santos Eliseo Carpio Jr., 33, of Laredo, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana read more


July 24, 2013 -Espinoza
Another Plea in Panama Unit Case

McALLEN, Texas – Alexis Espinoza, 30, has entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine read more


July 24, 2013 - De La Garza
Former Biller for RGV DME Gets More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison For His Role in $11 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

McALLEN, Texas – One of the billers for a now defunct McAllen area durable medical equipment (DME) business has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings read more


July 23, 2013 - Bazan et al
Multiple Arrests in Alleged Marijuana Conspiracy Out of Starr County

McALLEN, Texas - A total of 12 individuals have been arrested in connection with a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana from March 1, 2012 through June 25, 2013 read more


July 23, 2013 - Guerra-Ruiz
Rio Grande City Man Gets 15 Years for Transporting Meth in a Shampoo Bottle

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Pedro Guerra-Ruiz, 34, of Rio Grande City, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately 1.51 kilograms of methamphetamine read more


July 22, 2013 - Elizondo et al
16 Arrested in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation

LAREDO, Texas – Multiple indictments have been partially unsealed following the arrest and appearances of several area residents for numerous drug and money laundering charges read more


July 18, 2013 - Goldman
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Associate Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON – An associate of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to her involvement in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


July 18, 2013 - Barrientos and Trevino
Members of Crack Cocaine Distribution Ring Sent to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Alfredo Barrientos, 30, of Rio Grande City, and Mexican National Esteban Trevino, 39, have been ordered to prison following their convictions in relation to a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy read more


July 17, 2013 - McCune et al
Family-Run Tax Fraud Scheme Sends Three to Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Judy Lynn McCune, Loretta Ann McCune and Rania Ann Sanchez have been ordered to prison for conspiring to defraud the federal government in a scheme to prepare federal tax returns and cash refund checks in the name of deceased individuals read more


July 15, 2013 - Howard
Los Angeles Man Sent to Federal Prison for Soliciting a Child for Sex

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jeffrey Todd Howard, 34, of Los Angeles, Calif., has been ordered to prison following his conviction of soliciting a child for sex through the Internet read more


July 15, 2013 - Sepulveda
Bank Employee Charged with Bank Fraud

McALLEN, Texas - Edna Edith Sepulveda, 39, of McAllen, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of an indictment alleging she perpetrated more than $200,000 in bank fraud read more


July 15, 2013 - Diaz-Velasquez
Alien Smuggler Who Used Craigslist to Hire Drivers Heads to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas - José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 30, a Mexican national who resided in the Rio Grande Valley, has been ordered to prison for alien smuggling and unlawful possession of a firearm read more


July 12, 2013 - Davalos
Houston Man Convicted of Lying and Buying Firearms

HOUSTON – Kenny Davalos, 24, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to make and making a false statement to a federal firearms licensee (FFL) read more


July 12, 2013 - Matice
Houston Man Detained on Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON – Roger Dean Matice, 71, of Houston, has been ordered into custody on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography read more


July 12, 2013 - Saffore
Last Man Convicted in Attempted Armored Car Robbery

HOUSTON - Terrance Saffore, 25, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery read more


July 12, 2013 - Chilo and O'Neil
Houston Man and His Father Head to Prison for Debt Relief Scam

HOUSTON - Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23 of Houston, has been sentenced to prison for his role in perpetuating a debt relief scam with his father read more


July 11, 2013 - Herrera
RGV DME Owner Gets 12 Years in Federal Prison for $11 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

McALLEN, Texas - The owner of a now defunct McAllen area durable medical equipment (DME) business has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings read more


July 11, 2013 - Alanis-Alanis
Vehicle Pursuit from Falfurrias Checkpoint Results in Significant Sentence

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nelson Alanis-Alanis, 29, of Palmview, has been handed a significant sentence following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately 96 kilograms of marijuana read more


July 11, 2013 - West
Conroe Man Guilty of Interstate Transportation of a Minor

HOUSTON – Jacob Daniel West, 33, has entered a plea of guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity read more


July 10, 2013 - Ledezma
Jury Convicts Inmate in Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Juan Ledezma, 40, of Brownsville, has been convicted by a federal jury of drug trafficking in a conspiracy that involved gang leadership both inside and outside of the Texas prison system read more


July 10, 2013 - Freeman
Houston Man Handed Sentence in Area Armored Car Robberies

HOUSTON – Walter Keitric Freeman, 24, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction in the robbery and attempted robbery of two armored cars operating in and around Houston read more


July 9, 2013 - Zweifel
Tax Attorney Ordered to Prison for  Causing Tax Loss of More Than $2 Million

HOUSTON – Tax attorney and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) William R. Zweifel has been sentenced for his convictions on two counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns that were false or fraudulent read more


July 9, 2013 - Garza et al
Three Charged in Kidnapping of Mission Man Taken into Mexico

McALLEN, Texas – A criminal complaint has been partially unsealed following the recent arrests of three area residents alleging their involvement in the kidnapping of a Mission resident read more


July 9, 2013 - Estevez-Alvarez
Jury Convicts Long Time Fugitive in Marijuana Case

McALLEN, Texas – Alexis Estevez-Alvarez, 45, of Havana, Cuba, has been found guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a subsequent charge of failure to appear read more


July 3, 2013 - Millican and Northrup
Two Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON - Two members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to their membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


July 2, 2013 - Reyes et al
Several Arrested in Large Scale Methamphetamine Conspiracy

HOUSTON – An extensive methamphetamine trafficking organization has been dealt a large blow with the indictment of eight individuals on federal drug conspiracy charges read more


July 2, 2013 - Reyna-Llamas
Jury Finds Mexican Woman Guilty in Meth Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Rosalva Reyna-Llamas, 30, of Monterrey, Mexico, has been found guilty on all counts as charged - conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and importation of methamphetamine read more


July 1, 2013 - Carson et al
Parole Officers Charged with Accepting Payoffs

HOUSTON – Four parole officers from two Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offices in Houston have been indicted for accepting payoffs from parolees read more


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