NDTX Round-Up: July 6-12
SENTENCING – BRIAN MODESTER
On July 6, Brian Modester, 36, was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Dallas Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Modester was riding as a passenger. Police searched the vehicle and discovered Modester with $12,348 in drug proceeds. Officers also searched the residence that Modester had left and recovered a loaded firearm, multiple bags of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – LARRY DONELL BOOKER
On July 7, Larry Donell Booker, 60, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Hydrocodone. Booker met a confidential government source to arrange a transaction of Hydrocodone. Two days later, Booker sold the government source 1,000 pills of suspected Hydrodone in exchange for cash. Booker faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myria Boehm is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – NOLBERTO VASQUEZ
On July 7, Nolberto Vasquez, 30, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Vasquez executed a scheme to fraudulently obtain credit cards and lines of credit from financial institutions using victims' personal identifying information to open credit cards at retain stores which would then be used to make unauthorized purchases. Vasquez faces up to 30 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the United States Secrete Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Damien Diggs is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – TEMIOPE AMINAT FOLORUNSHO
On July 7, Temitope Aminat Folorunsho, 33, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of laundering monetary instruments, and two counts of use of a false passport. Folorunsho and her co-conspirators used email phishing scams, social engineering, and spoofing email addresses in order to cause victims to wire and electronically transfer funds to fraudulently opened bank accounts. Prior to Folorunsho’s guilty plea, other co-defendants pled guilty as well, with the most recent being Opeyemi Abidemi Adeoso in June 2020 who pled guility to 33 counts. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Eggers is prosecuting this case.
SENTENCING – ARMANDO SILVA
On July 9, Armando Silva, 26, was sentenced to 105 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. As Samson Park Police approached Silva’s vehicle during a traffic offense, officers noticed a marijuana odor emitting from the car. Officers conducted a search of vehicle and recovered a handgun, Xanax pills, and over one-ounce of methamphetamine. This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Levi Thomas is prosecuting this case.