News and Press Releases

May 2013 Press Releases

May 30, 2013 - McGowen et al
10 Convicted for Violent Robberies of Area Banks                                 

HOUSTON – 10 men set for trial this week on charges related to the armed bank robberies of several area financial institutions, including one involving the shooting of an off-duty sergeant, have now been convicted read more


May 30, 2013 - Perez-Barocela
Corpus Christi Jury Convicts Houston Man of Marijuana Trafficking

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A federal jury in Corpus Christi has found Luis Perez-Barocela guilty for his participation in a large drug trafficking conspiracy read more


May 29, 2013 - Trevino et al
Pleas Entered in Panama Unit Case

McALLEN, Texas – Four members of the now defunct Panama Unit have been convicted read more


May 29, 2013 - Davis and Colmenero
Two Arrested for Structuring More than $100,000 in Financial Transactions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Kimberly Davis, 27, and Justin Colmenero, 30, both of Corpus Christi, have been indicted as a result of the efforts of a multi-agency investigation into structuring financial transactions read more


May 28, 2013 - Gutierrez
Final Guilty Pleas Entered in Tax Fraud Scheme

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Edward and Robert Gutierrez have each entered guilty pleas to filing a false income tax refund claim read more


May 23, 2013 - Palasota
Houston Area “Pastor” Charged in Real Estate Investment Scheme

HOUSTON - Samuel Ray Palasota, 52, of Houston, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of a 24-count indictment alleging he operated a fraudulent real estate investment scheme and defrauded a woman of $650,000 read more


May 23, 2013 - Phearse
Houston Man Charged with Threatening to Bomb Synagogues

HOUSTON – A federal complaint has been unsealed charging Dante Phearse, 32, of Houston, with calling in bomb threats to two synagogues located in Houston read more


May 23, 2013 - Leal
Laredoan Gets Max for Illegal Possession of a Shotgun

LAREDO, Texas – Juan Francisco Leal, 39, of Laredo, has been ordered to federal prison for 10 years for being a felon in possession of a shotgun read more


May 23, 2013 - De La Torre
Brownsville Money Launderer and Former Fugitive Headed to Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leonel de La Torre, of Brownsville, has been ordered to prison for nearly 14 years for his involvement in a money laundering conspiracy operating in South Texas as well as other states read more


May 23, 2013 - Carter
Former Laredo Police Officer Ordered to Federal Prison for Deprivation of Civil Rights

LAREDO, Texas – Frank Carter, 43, a former officer with the Laredo Police Department (LPD), has been sentenced to prison following his conviction for violating the civil rights of an arrestee read more


May 22, 2013 - Cruz-Solis
Guatemalan National Convicted of Stabbing Border Patrol K-9

McALLEN, Texas – A federal magistrate in McAllen has accepted the guilty pleas of Guatemalan National Luis Gilberto Cruz-Solis, 19, of willfully and maliciously harming a police animal and for illegally entering the country read more


May 22, 2013 - Rodriguez and Gonzalez-Cardenas
Attempted Crystal Meth Distribution Lands Two Mexican Men in Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Arturo Cesar Rodriguez, 30, and Josue Gonzalez-Cardenas, 39, have both been ordered to federal prison for distributing crystal methamphetamine in two separate, but similar cases read more


May 22, 2013 - Hawkins and Garcia-Ortega
Two Sentenced in Marijuana Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas - Arturo Hawkins, 51, and Alejandro Garcia-Ortega, 26, have been sentenced to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


May 21, 2013 - Rohacek
Crystal Beach Woman Convicted of Defrauding FEMA in the Wake of Hurricane Ike

GALVESTON, Texas - Whitney Rohacek, 26, of Crystal Beach, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of fraud in connection with a major disaster read more


May 21, 2013 - Barrientos et al
Leader of Crack Distribution Ring Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Mexican Nationals Emmanuel Barrientos, 33, and Juan Trevino, 38, have been ordered to prison following their convictions in relation to a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy read more


May 21, 2013 - Hartmann
Woman Guilty of Tax Fraud

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Rhonda Hartmann has pleaded guilty to presenting a false tax refund claim to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) read more


May 21, 2013 - Carpio
Laredoan Charged with Methamphetamine and Marijuana Trafficking

LAREDO, Texas – A two-count indictment has been unsealed following the arrest of Laredo resident Santos Eliseo Carpio Jr., 33, on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine read more


May 21, 2013 - Hinojosa
Laredo Resident Charged with Defrauding the Department of Labor

LAREDO, Texas – Sergio Hinojosa, 55, a resident alien living in Laredo, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States read more


May 20, 2013 - Ham
Coldspring Man Charged in Death of U.S. Postal Service Worker

HOUSTON – James Wayne Ham, 36, of Coldspring, was arrested Sunday and charged today with the murder of a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service (USPS) read more


May 20, 2013 - Garza et al
Four Charged in Methamphetamine Deal Near The Houstonian

HOUSTON – Four men have been charged with conspiracy to possess and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine read more


May 17, 2013 - Gonzalez
Laredoan Convicted in International Cocaine Conspiracy

Laredo, Texas – Carlos Alberto Gonzalez, 36, of Laredo, has been convicted of conspiracies to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute and international money laundering read more


May 17, 2013 - Cabanillas-Torres
Heroin Found in Luggage at IAH Lands Mexican Woman in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Yessica Chanel Cabanillas-Torres has been ordered to prison after smuggling nearly two kilograms of heroin in her luggage as she arrived at George Bush-Intercontinental Airport (IAH) from Ecuador read more


May 16, 2013 - Chen
Laredo Downtown Merchant Admits Guilt

LAREDO, Texas – Ji Hui Chen, 43, a merchant in downtown Laredo, has pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods read more


May 16, 2013 - Lopez-Reyna
Another Sentenced in Marijuana Conspiracy Using Boats to Navigate the Intra-coastal Waterway

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Alberto Lopez, aka Alberto Lopez-Reyna, 40, of Roma, has been ordered to prison for nearly seven years following his conviction of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


May 16, 2013 - Lopez
Drug Smuggler Sentenced to More than 10 Years for Hitting Border Patrol Unit with Load Vehicle

McALLEN, Texas – Jorge Eduardo Lopez, 21, of Rio Grande City, has been sentenced to 135 months imprisonment following a conviction for possession with intent to distribute marijuana read more


May 15, 2013 - Ballard
Inmate Charged in Murder for Hire Plot Against Federal Judge

FORT WORTH, Texas - Phillip Monroe Ballard, 71, has been charged with murder for hire read more


May 15, 2013 - Martinez-Cardenas et al
Four Sentenced for Possessing 40 mm Grenades as Part of Los Zetas Organization

McALLEN, Texas – Four Mexican nationals who had illegally entered the U.S. and possessed 40 mm grenades and a launcher have been ordered to federal prison, three of whom received the maximum sentences allowed by law read more


May 15, 2013 - Reid
Federal Judge in Houston Hands Down 14-Year Sentence in Firearms Conspiracy

HOUSTON - Tyrone Reid, 22, a citizen of Dominica residing in Houston, has been ordered to prison following his conviction in a conspiracy involving numerous co-defendants who lied to federal firearms dealers in the purchase of firearms read more


May 14, 2013 - Santos
Laredo Customs Broker Pleads Guilty

LAREDO, Texas– U.S. Customs Broker Alejandro Santos, 32, has entered a guilty plea in relation to the smuggling of goods into the country read more


May 14, 2013 - Rincon-Rincon
Gulf Cartel Plaza Boss Heads to Prison for Life

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon, one of the highest ranking members of the Gulf Cartel, has been ordered to federal prison for life following his convictions related to a large drug trafficking conspiracy read more


May 14, 2013 - Jimenez
Dominican Citizen Arrested After Allegedly Ingesting Pellets of Cocaine

HOUSTON - Mikkail Antonio Nolasco Jimenez, 27, has been arrested and charged with importing cocaine into the United States and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute it read more



May 14, 2013 -
Maclaskey
Spring Man Among Three Charged in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Jason Maclaskey, 33, has been charged with conspiracy, theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft related to his participation in a scheme to use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns read more


May 14, 2013 - Garcia-Morales
Cuban Found Guilty of Unlawfully Possessing Debit and Credit Card Account Numbers

McALLEN, Texas - Pedro Garcia-Morales, a legal permanent resident from Cuba living in Donna, has been found guilty of possession of more than 15 unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud read more


May 13, 2013 - Thomas-More Vo et al
Judge Hands Down Multiple Sentences in Houston Area Ecstasy Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Six Houston residents, convicted for their roles in a multi-drug conspiracy operating in and around the Houston area over the course of approximately two years, have been ordered to serve time in federal prison read more


May 13, 2013 - Carrington
Judge Sentences Woman to Prison for Preparing False Income Tax Return

Houston – Shirley M. Carrington has been ordered to prison following her conviction of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return read more


May 13, 2013 - Ramirez and Velasquez
Two Area Women Charged with Submitting Fraudulent Bills for Home Health Services

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Sylvia Salinas Ramirez, of Driscoll, and Debra Jean Velasquez, of Robstown, have surrendered to authorities following the return of an indictment alleging they perpetrated a scheme to defraud the Texas Medicaid program through fraudulent home health billings read more


May 10, 2013 - Garcia
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Meth Trafficking

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Manuel Garcia, 38, of Corpus Christi, has been sent to federal prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy read more


May 10, 2013 - Roberts
Reputed Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON – An alleged general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to his membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


May 10, 2013 - Mata et al
Brooks County Marijuana Traffickers Sentenced to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Five area men have been sent to prison for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


May 10, 2013 - Nevarez
Laredo Bailbonds Manager Sent to Prison for Money Laundering

LAREDO, Texas - Elizabeth Nevarez, 44, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison for nearly five years following her conviction of one count of money laundering read more


May 10, 2013 - Walton and Rogers
Two Woman Convicted in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Yevette Lauren Walton and Lakisha Lashell Rogers have entered pleas of guilty for conspiring to submit fraudulent tax refund claims in the names of 53 stolen identities during the current 2013 tax season read more


May 10, 2013 - Nzeocha
Former Nigerian Fugitive Heads to Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Godwin Chiedo Nzeocha, 56, a naturalized United States citizen originally from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been sentenced to 109 months in federal prison for his role in the multi-million dollar City Nursing health care fraud scheme read more


May 9, 2013 - Walsh
Houstonian Sent to Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Houston resident Sean Louis Walsh, 30, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for receipt of child pornography read more


May 8, 2013 - Kelley
Bryan Man Heads to Federal Prison for Threats to TSU

HOUSTON – Dereon Tayronne Kelley, 22, of Bryan, has been ordered to prison following his convictions on all counts for communicating a bomb threat to an academic institution read more


May 8, 2013 - Bishop and Golson
Couple Indicted for Sex Trafficking of a Minor and Production of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Arieal J. Bishop, 28, and David J. Golson, 26, have been ordered detained pending trial on charges of sex trafficking and producing child pornography read more


May 2, 2013 - Nguyen et al
Eight Charged Following Discovery of More than 1700 Marijuana Plants

HOUSTON – Seven area men and one woman are in custody on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants read more


May 2, 2013 - Luna-Nieto
Witness Tampering and Drug Trafficking Lands Houston Man in Federal Prison for 28 Years

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Julian Luna-Nieto, 44, has been handed a significant federal sentence for methamphetamine trafficking as well as conspiring to tamper with witnesses by using intimidation and threats read more


May 1, 2013 - Juarez
Former Tri City Bomber Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Jeffrey Juarez, the one-time leader of the notorious Tri City Bomber (TCB) Street gang, has been sent to federal prison for his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and ecstasy read more


May 1, 2013 - Duenez
Former Police Officer Sent to Prison on Gun Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Armando Duenez, 31, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions for conspiracy to export firearms and failure to appear read more


May 1, 2013 - Ortiz
Coast Guard Petty Officer Sentenced to Prison for Stealing More Than $200,000 in Government Property

HOUSTON – U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Gavino Ortiz III, 32, of League City, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for theft of government property read more


May 1, 2013 - Nguyen
Stolen Credit Cards Numbers Lands Houston Man in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Ninh Nguyen, 58, of Houston, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of access device fraud read more


May 1, 2013 - Navarro et al
Alleged Hostage Takers Ordered Detained

McALLEN, Texas - Miguel Angel Navarro, 35, of Hidalgo, and Onan Herrera-Sanchez, 24, of Honduras, have been ordered detained pending trial on charges of conspiracy and hostage taking read more


 

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