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District of Kansas

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Topeka Man Indicted on Federal Firearm Charge

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man was indicted Wednesday on a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Royelle Lamont Miller, 35, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 17, 2015, in Topeka, Kan. The indictment alleges Miller possessed a Ruger nine millimeter pistol even though he was prohibited from doing so because of felony convictions in 2012 (flee/attempt to elude police), 2006 (attempted sale of a narcotic) and 1997 (aggravated battery).

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Dante Rovon Peppers, 37, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 18, 2015, in Topeka, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Daimon Sentrell Jackson, 26, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 25, 2015, in Topeka, Kan.  

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Santos Benjamin Ramos-Valdez, 28, who is in custody in the Dickinson County Jail, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 6, 2015, in Dickinson County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million. The Dickinson County Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi is prosecuting.

Jose Antonio Nunez-Aguilar, 24, Kansas City, KS, and Gerardo Rene Garcia-Rodrigues, 39, Kansas City, KS, are charged with one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred from January through June 29, 2015 in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting. 

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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Updated July 30, 2015