NDTX Round Up: May 7- 13
GUILTY PLEA – CARLOS ENREIQUE MEJIA CACERES A.K.A “MACHETE”
On May 11, Carlos Enreique Mejia Caceres, 37, plead guilty to aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting the using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. Mejia Caceres assisted in planning the robbery of a Dallas western wear store which he observed from another location. Following the robbery, Mejia Caceres met with his other co-conspirators and a portion of the proceeds from the robbery. He now faces up to 25 years in federal prison for his crimes. The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is prosecuting the case.
GUILTY PLEA – JOSE ANGEL REYES
On May 11, Jose Angel Reyes, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base. Reyes purchased 552.825 grams of cocaine base and 921.375 grants of cocaine over the course of one year for further distribution to his customers. In October 2018, agents arrested Reyes at his residence where they located a loaded 9mm handgun and two cell phones. He now faces up to XX years in federal prison for the crimes. The DEA conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kull is prosecuting the case.
GUILTY PLEA – JUSTIN LAJUAN BRITTAIN
On May 11, Justin Lajuan Brittain, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Brittain was stopped by Dallas police officers for speeding. When they approached the car, they noticed a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray and a mason jar with additional marijuana. During a search of Brittain’s vehicle, a .380 caliber pistol was recovered between the center console and the driver’s seat. Brittain admitted that he was a felon and knew he was not supposed to possess firearms. He now faces up to 30 years in federal prison for the crimes. The ATF and the Dallas Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Boyle prosecuted the case.
GUILTY PLEA – CHRISTOPHER BOWLING
On May 12, Christopher Bowling, 50, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Bowling and his co-conspirators data mined PII from victims from publicly available websites and from the darkweb. He then took out lines of credit using the victims PII. In January 2019, Bowling and other co-conspirators went to a Dallas area retail store to apply for a line of credit using a victim’s PII. In March 2019, Bowling fraudulently applied for a line of credit using a victim’s PII to purchase a Rolex watch and ring. He now faces up to 30 years in federal prison for the crimes. The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Damien Diggs is prosecuting the case.