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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Federal Grand Jury B Indictments Announced- January 2023

United States Attorney Clint Johnson today announced the results of the January 2023 Federal Grand Jury B.

The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Alphonso Alvarez-Torrez. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Alvarez-Torrez, 42, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Nov. 1, 2019, at or near San Ysidro, California. U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-31

Kelly Ross Dawson. Theft of Government Property Over $1,000; Misuse of Social Security Funds; Concealment of Material Facts. Dawson, 47, is alleged to have stolen a total of $59,844 in Social Security Title II Survivor Benefits. The benefits were provided to Dawson and minors in his care based on specific criteria. From June 2016 through February 2018, Dawson no longer met those criteria and did not report the changes to the Social Security Administration. Instead, he allegedly continued to receive the benefits and used the funds for his own personal gain. The Social Security Administration is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon B. Cozzoni is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-32

Samson Eugene Frye Jr. Felony Murder in Indian Country; Child Neglect in Indian Country. On Nov. 9, 2018, Frye Jr., 24, of Afton, is alleged to have murdered an infant while abusing the infant. He is further charged with neglecting the child from Aug. 10, 2018, through Nov. 9, 2018. The FBI, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Grove Police Department, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Ihler is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-17

Jojani Saday Garcia-Luevano. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Garcia-Luevano,  22, a Mexican National, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Feb. 20, 2019, at or near Nogales, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-19

Adrian Llanas -Flores. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Llanas -Flores is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on May 12, 2021, at or near Calexico, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case.  23-CR-33

Melanie Ann Mcelyea. Willfully Making a Threat to Kill, Injure, Intimidate, and Damage by Means of an Explosive. On Nov. 22, 2022, Mcelyea, 42, of Vinita, allegedly threatened to kill an individual at a law office located within the Muscogee Nation reservation. She left a voicemail suggesting that she would blow up a courthouse and the law office as well. She then stated, “…you will all be dead…” The courthouse Mcelyea was referencing was the Cherokee Nation Courthouse in Tahlequah, which is within the Cherokee Nation reservation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-20

Zachariah Kade McGuire. Possession of a Firearm in a Federal Facility. On Nov. 14, 2022, McGuire brought a firearm into the Veteran Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, located at 8921 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma. See initial Complaint press release here. The Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Inspector General, Department of Veteran Affairs Police, Tulsa Police Department, and FBI are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. AUSA Raley is the National Security Anti-Terrorism (ATAC) Prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Oklahoma. 23-CR-21

Pascual Medrano-Santibanez. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Medrano-Santibanez, 56, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Jan. 2, 2020, at or near Laredo, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Buscemi is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-30

Simon Pedro Ramirez-Contreras. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Ramirez-Contreras, 23, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on July 30, 2018, at or near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-22

Oscar Daniel Salazar-Alcantar. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Salazar-Alcantar, 36, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Dec. 29, 2018, at or near Calexico, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-29

Rayes Sanchez. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country. Sanchez, 24, of Tulsa, allegedly assaulted an individual with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm on Dec. 12, 2022.  The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-23

David Serrano-Hernandez. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Serrano-Hernandez, 38, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on June 7, 2009,  at or near Naco, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-24

Devan Shay Tiffany. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition; Possession of an Unregistered Weapon Made from a Shotgun Having a Barrel of Less Than 18 Inches in Length. On Sept. 7, 2022, Tiffany, 36, of Miami, Oklahoma, was a felon in possession of a Savage Arms 16-guage double-barrel shotgun and four rounds of ammunition. Additionally, the shotgun’s barrel was less than 18 inches in length and not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Miami Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Buscemi is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-25

Noe Vazquez-Solis. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Vazquez-Solis, 37, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after being removed on Oct. 8, 2020, at or near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-28

Justus Wayne Wayt. Robbery in Indian Country (Counts 1, 3, 5); Carrying, Using, and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence in Indian Country (Counts 2, 4, 6). Wayt, 25, of Tulsa, allegedly brandished a firearm and robbed three different victims at three convenience stores on Nov. 22, 2022; Nov. 24, 2022; and Dec. 20, 2022. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Buscemi is prosecuting the case.  23-CR-26

Marvin Thomas Wilkins. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. Wilkins, 63, of Big Cabin, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Remington 270 caliber bolt-action rifle; a JC Higgins 12-guage caliber shotgun;  Marlin Firearms (Glenfield) .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle; a Savage. 22 caliber bolt-action rifle; a Rifle Factory Ishapore (R.F.I.) 7.62mm caliber bolt-action rifle; a Marlin Firearms (Glenfield) .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle; and four rounds of ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Mayes Countyh Sheriff’s Office are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Ihler is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-27

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Updated January 19, 2023