News and Press Releases

April 2014 Press Releases

April 29, 2014 - Garza et al
Former Lawmen Ordered to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Five defendants, all former law enforcement officers, have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy read more


April 29, 2014 - Chen
Laredo Downtown Merchant Heads to Federal Prison

LAREDO, Texas – Yi Hui Chen, 47, a merchant in downtown Laredo, has been ordered to federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods and ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution read more



April 29, 2014
- Garza
Mission Man Receives 20 Years for Drug Trafficking for the Gulf Cartel

LAREDO, Texas - Israel Garza, 40, of Mission, has been ordered to federal prison for 240 months following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine read more


April 29, 2014 - Marchan
Former Laredo/Dallas Business Owner Heads to Prison in Large Marijuana Case

LAREDO, Texas – Marco Antonio Marchan, 45, has been ordered to federal prison for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


April 29, 2014 - Salinas
Alleged “Anonymous” Computer Hacker Charged with 18 Counts of Cyberstalking

McALLEN, Texas - A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment against Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, adding additional attempted computer-hacking charges and 18 counts of cyberstalking read more


April 29, 2014 - Johnson
Houston Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

HOUSTON – Alexander Joseph Johnson, 25, has been ordered to prison following his three convictions of transportation, transportation of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor read more


April 28, 2014 - Phearse
Houston Man Convicted for Threatening to Bomb Synagogue

HOUSTON – Dante Phearse, 33, has entered a plea of guilty to calling in a bomb threat to Congregation Beth Israel, a synagogue in Houston read more


April 28, 2014 - Bensaoula and Starikov
Two University of Houston Professors Indicted

HOUSTON – Two professors at the University of Houston have been charged with making false statements and wire fraud in connection obtaining federal funds for research grants read more


April 25, 2014 - Parsons and Edson
Continuum Healthcare Executives and 8 Others Charged with Kickback Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Jeffery Parsons, of Crockett, and David Edson, of Palm Harbor, Fla., have been charged in a 13-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to pay kickbacks to several area personal care home owners and patient advocates read more


April 25, 2014 - Rendon-Lucas
Alien Smuggler Gets More Than 16 Years for Deadly Crash

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Mexican National Manuel Rendon-Lucas, 19, has been ordered to federal prison and must pay nearly $3 million in restitution for his involvement in a deadly single vehicle accident that occurred in Brooks County in Novemeber 2013 read more


April 24, 2014 - Navarro et al
Convicted Hostage Takers Ordered to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Miguel Angel Navarro, Milton Leonel Trevino and Onan Herrera-Sanchez have been ordered to prison for their involvement in the hostage taking of a University of Texas-Pan American student read more


April 24, 2014 - Fontenot
“Investment Advisory Firm” Owner Sentenced to Federal Prison

GALVESTON – Kimberly Fontenot, a Brazoria County resident, has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of defrauding clients of her so-called investment advisory firm, Stellar Grants Inc. read more



April 24, 2014
- Nunez
Hidalgo Drug Trafficker Gets Life in Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Daniel Nunez, 38, of Hidalgo, has been ordered to prison for life following his conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to transport and attempt to transport monetary instruments to Mexico to promote drug trafficking read more


April 23, 2014 - Gonzalez et al
8 Weslaco Men Enter Guilty Pleas 

McALLEN, Texas - A total of eight men residing in Weslaco have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics read more



April 23, 2014
- Lawrence
Long-Time Nigerian Fugitive Convicted of Importing Heroin into the U.S.

HOUSTON - Koyode Lawrence aka “papa,” who recruited college students in Nigeria to transport heroin into the U.S., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a controlled substance read more


April 23, 2014 - Bustos
Architect Pleads Guilty in Conjunction with Progreso Bribery Scheme

HOUSTON - Jesus Bustos, 58, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy read more


April 23, 2014 - Carrion
Former Houston Police Officer Indicted

HOUSTON – Former Houston Police Department (HPD) officer Marcos E. Carrion, 36, has surrendered to authorities read more


April 23, 2014 - Nowlin
Bryan Woman Heads to Prison in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Yolanda Nowlin, 42, has been ordered to federal prison for 11 years following her multiple convictions in relation to a large health care fraud conspiracy read more


April 21, 2014 - Resendez
Seven Convicted in Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Seven Houston residents have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic dozens of AK-47 variant rifles from the Houston area to Mexico read more


April 17, 2014 - Villegas
Mexican Man Sentenced for Trafficking Marijuana out of Starr County

McALLEN, Texas – Silvestre Barrera-Villegas, a member of drug trafficking conspiracy originating out Starr County, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 10 years read more


April 17, 2014 - Padilla
Former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Commander Enters Guilty Plea

McALLEN, Texas – Jose A. Padilla, 54, of Weslaco, has entered a plea of guilty for one count of receipt of a bribe read more



April 16, 2014
- Ogoti et al
Four Kenyan Nationals Sentenced in Marriage Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Four Kenyan nationals residing in Houston have been sentenced for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and visa fraud read more


April 16, 2014 - Aviles-Villa et al
Five Convicted in Massive Stash House Case

HOUSTON – Five men arrested last month in connection with the discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house have entered guilty pleas read more


April 14, 2014 - Vallejo
Smuggler Gets Enhanced Sentence

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Demetrio Vallejo, 41, of Edcouch, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly five years as a result of his conviction of smuggling undocumented aliens read more


April 14, 2014 - Lindsey and Jessie
Former Bryan Chiropractor and Clinic Owner Sentenced in $3 Million Automobile Insurance Scam

HOUSTON – Chase Lindsey, 36, and Brittany Jessie, 25, have been sentenced to federal prison for engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million read more


April 14, 2014 - Trevino
Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Pleads Guilty

McALLEN, Texas - Guadalupe Trevino, aka Lupe Trevino, 64, of McAllen, has entered a guilty plea a criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering read more


April 11, 2014 - Medina
Former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty

McALLEN, Texas - Maria Patricia Medina, 40, has entered a guilty plea to one count of misprison of a felony read more


April 10, 2014 - Salinas
Donna Man Charged with Hacking into Multiple Local Servers

McALLEN, Texas – Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, has been charged in a superceding federal indictment with new computer-hacking charges read more


April 9, 2014 - Vela and Vela
More Convictions in Relation to Progreso Bribery Case

HOUSTON – Jose Vela, 65, and his Michael Vela, 30, have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds read more


April 9, 2014 - Harris
Houston Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking of Children

HOUSTON – Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 22, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty on two charges of trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex read more


April 7, 2014 - Velasquez-Caballero
Zeta Leader “Talivan” Pleads Guilty

McALLEN, Texas - Ivan Velasquez-Caballero, aka Talivan or 50, has entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments read more



April 7, 2014
- Gomez-Ramirez
Multimillion Dollar Cocaine Conspiracy Results in Significant Sentence

LAREDO, Texas – Jose Gomez-Ramirez, 32, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine read more


April 4, 2014 - Lopez-Villela
Dallas Man Guilty of Straw Purchasing Firearms and Other Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Martin Lopez-Villela, 51, a legal permanent resident of Dallas, has entered a plea of guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of firearms, commonly referred to straw purchasing read more


April 4, 2014 - Chase
Spring Man Ordered to Prison for Two Charges Involving Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Garrett Michael Chase, 38, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography read more


April 3, 2014 - Bautista et al
Six Arrested in Multiple Drug/Firearms Indictments

LAREDO, Texas – Three separate indictments have been partially unsealed following the arrest of six Laredo residents on a variety of charges including methamphetamine and/or cocaine trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm read more


April 3, 2014 - Martinez
Weslaco Man Convicted of Marijuana Trafficking

LAREDO, Texas – Santiago Martinez, 37, of Weslaco, has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


April 3, 2014 - Portwood
Sugar Land Resident Ordered Detained on Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON – Glenn Casey Portwood, 52, of Sugar Land, has been ordered held in custody pending trial on child pornography charges read more


April 3, 2014 - Chow
Dual Chinese/U.S. Citizen Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Kin Fu Chow, 47, of Chicago, Ill., has been ordered to prison for his involvement in a money laundering conspiracy involving alien smuggling activity read more


April 2, 2014 - Gonzalez
El Canonazo Store Owner and Four Others Sentenced in Firearms Smuggling Case

LAREDO, Texas – Arturo Gonzalez, 42, businessman and owner of two J.C. Twiss El Canonazo sporting apparel and firearm accessories stores in Laredo, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of attempting to export more than 600 firearm magazines to Mexico read more


April 2, 2014 - Vela
Progreso Mayor Convicted in Bribery Scheme

McALLEN, Texas - Omar Leonel Vela, 36, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds read more


April 2, 2014 - Tellison
DME Owner Convicted on all Counts

HOUSTON – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 47, has been convicted today of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft read more


April 1, 2014 - Mtaza and Hatch
Two Charged in Tax Fraud Scheme Targeting More Than 600 Victims

HOUSTON - A 13-count federal indictment has been returned against Tanzanian national Amon Rweyemamu Mtaza and Dion Hatch, of Houston, alleging a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme read more


 

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