News and Press Releases

May 2014 Press Releases


May 30, 2014
- Resendiz
Lancaster Resident Sentenced for Importing Meth

LAREDO, Texas – Elmer Resendiz, 22, of Lancaster, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of importing more than five kilograms of methamphetamine from Mexico read more



May 30, 2014
- Price
Marathon Hearing Finally Results in Sentence for 13-Year Fugitive Doctor

HOUSTON – A former doctor who was a fugitive for more than 13 years has been handed his sentence for filing a false income tax return read more



May 29, 2014
- Churchwell
Passport Office Worker Ordered to Prison for Passport Fraud

HOUSTON – Nyle Churchwell, 52, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in the issuance of passports for unqualified people read more


May 28, 2014 - Ochoa-Perez
Ochoa-Perez Indicted on Additional Charge

LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has added a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to the current kidnapping allegations against Raul Ochoa-Perez read more


May 28, 2014 - Ibarra
Mexican Man Heads to Federal Prison For Importing Cocaine into the United States

LAREDO, Texas – Sergio Alejandro Valero Ibarra, 48, a resident of Mexico, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms and more of cocaine read more


May 27, 2014 - Ibarra et al
Several Laredoans Head to Prison in Conspiracy to Transport Cocaine

LAREDO, Texas – A total of seven people are headed to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to transport five kilograms or more of cocaine and international money laundering read more


May 23, 2014 - Irsan et al
Coordinated Effort Results in Multiple Charges Against Jordanian National and Family Members

HOUSTON - A combined federal, state and local investigation has led to the arrest of three Jordanian nationals on federal fraud charges, one of whom is also charged in state district court with murder read more



May 23, 2014
- Piedra et al
Five Charged with Drug Trafficking out of Rio Grande Valley

LAREDO, Texas – Two indictments have been unsealed following the arrest of one McAllen and four Zapata residents alleging marijuana and/or cocaine trafficking read more



May 22, 2014
- Giovanni-Hernandez
North Carolina Man Convicted of Cocaine Trafficking

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Orlando Giovanni-Hernandez, 28, has been convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine read more


May 22, 2014 - Garza et al
Three Men Sentenced for Trafficking Meth in Houston

HOUSTON – Roberto Carlos Garza, Alexander Chavez and Martin Loya-Plancarte have all been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a five kilogram methamphetamine deal that occurred on May 18, 2013 read more


May 22, 2014 - Danhach
Multi-Million Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods Operation Sends Leader to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Sameh Khaled Danhach, also known by many other aliases, has been ordered to prison for nearly 13 years following his conviction on six counts related to the interstate transportation of stolen goods and obstruction of justice read more


May 22, 2014 - Contreras et al
Laredo Couple Enter Pleas in Mexican Mafia Case

LAREDO, Texas - Carlos Contreras, 33, and his wife Ana Rosa Contreras, 31, have entered guilty pleas in relation to a massive drug trafficking and money laundering case involving members of the Texas Mexican Mafia prison gang read more



May 21, 2014
- Cruz et al
Siblings Get Significant Sentences in Hostage Taking Case

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Rafael Cruz, 25, and Roberto Cruz, 27, both of Mission, have been ordered to federal prison to serve lengthy sentences as a result of their convictions for conspiracy to commit hostage taking read more


May 20, 2014 - Baqla
Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Smuggle and to Traffic in Counterfeit Viagra Tablets

HOUSTON -  A Houston man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to smuggle and to traffic in counterfeit and misbranded pharmaceuticals, including Viagra tablets, from China read more


May 20, 2014 - Canchola et al
Eight Arrested in Funnel Account Conspiracy Related to Marijuana Trafficking

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Five men and three women have been arrested today as a result of an the efforts of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed “Operation Prototype” read more


May 20, 2014 - Kennedy
Machine Shop Worker Charged with Causing $1 Million Loss to Former Employer

VICTORIA, Texas - A federal grand jury in Victoria has indicted Jack Kennedy, 55, of Houston, for perpetrating a multi-year mail and wire fraud scheme read more


May 19, 2014 - Guerrero
Young Man Gets 15+ Years for Smuggling $1 Million in Meth

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Jaime Homero Guerrero, 20, has been ordered to prison for conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine read more



May 16, 2014
- Aguilar
Brownsville Man Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Conspiracy

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Oscar J. Aguilar, 37, a Mexican citizen legally residing in Brownsville, has entered a guilty plea to conspiring to commit international money laundering read more


May 15, 2014 - James
Jury Convicts British National in $14 Million Computer Equipment Scheme

HOUSTON – Mark Allan James, 47, a citizen of the United Kingdom (UK), has been convicted for conspiring with a number of other individuals to defraud Hewlett-Packard (HP) of millions of dollars read more


May 15, 2014 - Torres
Local Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Michael Paul Torres, 34, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, more commonly referred to as production of child pornography read more


May 15, 2014 - Ramirez
Corpus Christi Doctor Heads to Prison for Fraudulent Health Care Billing Scheme

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Dr. Roque Joel Ramirez, 48, of Robstown, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of mail fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings read more


May 13, 2014 - Ochoa-Perez
Laredoan Who Fled to Mexico Indicted for Kidnapping

LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has indicted Raul Ochoa-Perez, 42, of Laredo, on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping read more


May 13, 2014 - Alvarez-Mendicuti
Possession of Multiple Counterfeit Credit Cards Leads to Federal Indictment

McALLEN, Texas – A federal grand jury in McAllen has indicted Alfredo Alejandro Alvarez-Mendicuti, 35, of Mexico, for possessing 31 counterfeit credit cards with the intent to defraud read more


May 12, 2014 - Amerson
Leader of Bryan Drug Distribution Ring Receives 212 Months

HOUSTON - Donal Monta Amerson, 37, of Missouri City, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 18 years for operating a cocaine and marijuana distribution organization in Bryan read more



May 12, 2014
- Tyler
Jury Convicts Humble Man on all Charges in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Lawrence Tyler, 41, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering read more



May 12, 2014
- Ortega
Meth Ring Leader Gets 30 Years in Federal Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Houston resident Alexander Ortega, 24, has been ordered to prison following his convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiring to import approximately 5.1 kilograms of methamphetamine read more



May 12, 2014
- Maldonado
Former Deputy Admits to Money Laundering

McALLEN, Texas - Robert Ricardo Maldonado, 49, of Weslaco, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering read more



May 6, 2014
- Crawford
Houston Man Convicted in Houston Theft and Fraud Ring

HOUSTON – Jason Wade Crawford, 37, has entered a plea of guilty to one count each of bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


May 6, 2014 - Dreyer
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Jason Thomas Dreyer, 31, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for possession of child pornography read more


May 5, 2014 - Castaneda
Campaign Worker Pleads Guilty to Buying Votes in Donna School Board Election

McALLEN, Texas – A campaign worker pleaded guilty today for paying voters to vote in the November 2012 school board election in Donna read more


May 5, 2014 - Patlan et al
UPS Employee Charged with Using Clearance to Ship Drugs Through Airports

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 10-count federal indictment has been unsealed following the arrest of three Brownsville residents for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana read more


May 2, 2014 - Garcia-Saldivar
Third Man Sentenced in Enticing a Minor Investigation

McALLEN, Texas - Jose Luis Garcia-Saldivar, 29, an undocumented alien from Mexico, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for enticing a minor read more


May 2, 2014 - Montemayor and Reyna
Business Owners Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Taxes to IRS

LAREDO, Texas - Jorge Montemayor and Leticia Reyna have been ordered to prison for their convictions of failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) read more


May 2, 2014 - Rashid
Pakistani Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Viagra® and Cialis® Case

HOUSTON - Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, has been ordered to prison for conspiracy to illegal importation and traffic in counterfeit and misbranded Viagra® and Cialis,® and receiving and delivering misbranded drugs read more


May 2, 2014 - Stowe
Illegal Sale of Stem Cell Case Lands Engineer to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Lawrence Stowe, 61, has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy to introduce misbranded and unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce read more


May 2, 2014 - Elley and Loveall
Aryan Brotherhood Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

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


May 1, 2014 - Veliz
Mission Man Convicted of Trafficking Marijuana

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Roberto Veliz, 34, a U.S. citizen from Mission, has been convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


May 1, 2014 - Liew
Local Man Charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Coach and Other Merchandise

HOUSTON – Han Woon Liew, 45, of Sugarland, has been arrested for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods read more


May 1, 2014 - Jones
Seller of Shipping Containers Convicted of Fraud  

HOUSTON – Steven Patrick Jones, 49, of Kingwood, and Panama City, Panama, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud read more


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