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Thursday, July 11, 2019

NDTX Round-up July 11, 2019

Indictment – Staci West League

On July 9, a federal grand jury indicted Staci West League, 48, for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. League allegedly entered the bank concealing a firearm and demanded large bills. Within minutes, Irving Police reported that League was in the police department with the intention of turning herself in for the bank robbery she just committed. This case was investigated by the Violent Crimes Task Force within the FBI-Dallas Division and prosecuted by AUSA Shane Read.

Indictment – Tracie Turner and Justin Wheeler  

On July 9, Turner, 55, and Wheeler, 35, were charged with conspiracy to commit theft of government funds. The pair allegedly conspired to take advantage of the SSI disability benefits available when Wheeler began working full-time and was no longer eligible for disability benefits, but did not report this. Wheeler’s disability checks were deposited into Turners account, and Wheeler opted out of his employer’s health insurance to use Medicaid for his health insurance. They are also charged with theft of government funds and aiding and abetting. This case was prosecuted by AUSA Danielle Renee Jones and investigated by Jeffery Green with the Social Security Administration. If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum sentence of 6-12 months.

Sentencing – Alvin Tedvorick Hayes

On July 8, Hayes, 33, was sentenced to 147 months in prison following his conviction of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. He possessed seven guns in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime. The Desoto Police Department responded to multiple shooting calls, where they found a man whose trail of blood led to Hayes residence. After obtaining a search warrant, the authorities discovered 223 grams of a substance containing a designer drug, seven pounds of marijuana. This case was prosecuted by AUSA John Boyle.

Indictment – Orfilia Sanchez Benitez and Osbaldo Rangel

Benitez, 26, and Rangel, 33, are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Benitez and Rangel allegedly planned to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance and 100 grams or more of a substance containing heroin. The pair are also charged with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. If convicted, the defendant face life sentences. This case was prosecuted by AUSA John Kull and investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Strike Force One.

Indictment – Martin Alberto Cardoza-Cavazos

On July 9, Cardoza-Cavazos, 45, was charged as an illegal alien in possession of 6 firearms.  This case was prosecuted by AUSA Cathy Richardson and investigated by Special Agent Rick Parker of Homeland Security Investigations and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations. If convicted, the defendant will face a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated July 11, 2019