Several Found Guilty on Multi-Count Indictment Relating to Conspiracy to Distribute of Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2011

CHEYENNE, WY - United States Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that four individuals pleaded guilty and four individuals were found guilty by a jury on November 4, 2011, after a trial that lasted more than one month, on a multi-count superseding indictment issued from the Grand Jury during its January 2011 session.

Defendant John Michael Morgan, age 22, of Greybull, Wyoming, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony. Defendant Danny Hernandez, 31, of Clovis, California, and Kimberly Perkins, 36, of Sheridan, Wyoming, each pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute methamphetamine. Hernadez pled to distributing no more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and Perkins pled to distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Defendant Raymundo Correa, age 33, of Clovis, California, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money. Sentencing for Hernandez and Perkins is currently set for November 29, 2011, in U.S. District Court. Sentencing for Correa is currently set for December 5, 2011.

The jury trial involving the remaining four individuals, Robert Velasquez, Jr., age 31, of Greybull, Wyoming; Miguel Angel Ordaz, age 33, of Sheridan, Wyoming; Daniel George Renteria, age 34, of Gillette, Wyoming; and Alex Garcia, Jr., age 28, of Fresno, California, commenced on September 27, 2011 with the jury returning a verdict on November 4, 2011.

Robert Velasquez Jr. was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine; one count of conspiracy to launder money; one count of distribution of 50 grams of methamphetamine; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug felony.

Miguel Angel Ordaz was found guilty of one of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine; one count of conspiracy to launder money; one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony; one count of possessing a machine gun in furtherance of drug trafficking felony; and one count of possession of a machine gun not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Daniel George Renteria, age 34, of Gillette, Wyoming, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 500 grams methamphetamine and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

Alex Garcia, Jr., age 28, of Fresno, California, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to launder money. Velasquez, Ordaz, Renteria, Garcia, Hernandez and Correa were members of a street gang from Fresno, California, known as the Fresno Bull Dogs. Sentencing for Velasquez, Ordaz, Renteria and Garcia is set for January 13, 2011, in U.S. District Court.

In addition, several other individual related to the case were prosecuted and convicted of drug felonies in state court: Melissa Morgan of Greybull, Wyoming; Robert Demoney of Powell, Wyoming; Andrew Downes of Greybull, Wyoming; Holly Alonzo of Greybull, Wyoming; Francis “Frankie” Getzfreid of Greybull, Wyoming; and Johnny Velasquez of Sheridan, Wyoming.

This case was investigated by the Powell Police Department; Worland Police Department; Washakie County Sheriff’s Department; Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office; the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation; Fresno Police Department; Fresno Gang Task Force; US Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the US Department of Homeland Security.

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