NDTX Round-Up November 12, 2019
GUILTY PLEA – Demeron Jamal Brown
On November 7, Demeron Jamal Brown, 36, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon. Brown and his coconspirators utilized a room within the Han Gil Hotel to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs to customers. He was arrested when officers responded to a 911 call regarding a man armed with an assault rifle. Officers seized 187 grams of cocaine, 900 grams of methamphetamine, and various other drugs. Brown faces up to 20 years in federal custody. To read more about the Han Gil case, click here or here. This investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the case was prosecuted by AUSA Rick Calvert and AUSA Phelesa Guy.
GUILTY PLEA – Pedro Perez-Velazquez
On November 7, Pedro Perez-Velazquez, 49, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Perez-Velazquez drove a vehicle with methamphetamine concealed in the tires from Mexico to Dallas on multiple occasions. He routinely dropped off the vehicle at a location where the tires would be dismantled, and would wait in a hotel until the drugs had been retrieved. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by AUSA Rachael Jones.
GUILTY PLEA – Constance Marie Kelly
On November 5, Constance Marie Kelly pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Between 2002 and 2007, Kelly had access to funds deposited in an escrow account at Compass Bank and used this access to move funds to the bank account controlled by her codefendant. Kelly moved a total of $1.4 million in furtherance of this crime. She faces up to 5 years in federal custody and a $250,000 fine. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Dallas Field Office and is prosecuted by AUSA David Jarvis.
GUILTY PLEA – Roger Rojas Aventura
On November 5, Roger Rojas Aventura, 35, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. The Ozark, Arkansas Police Department conducted an investigation into the eDonkey peer-to-peer file sharing network. Law enforcement officials found that Rojas Aventura’s IP address was linked to the website and had downloaded child pornography. He possessed over 130 images and 201 videos of child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in federal custody. This case was investigated by the US Department of Homeland Security, the Ozark Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department and is prosecuted by SAUSA Danielle Jones.
SENTENCING - James Jeaphier Tobar Ramon
On November 4, James Jeaphier Tobar Ramon, 29, was sentenced to 4 years in federal custody and over $1 million in restitution for his racketeer influenced and corrupt organization conspiracy. Tobar and his coconspirators used rental vehicles, obtained by fraudulent identification documents, to stop a traveling jewelry salesman’s car. They broke the window of the defendant’s car and stole over $1 million in diamonds and personal property. This was one of many robberies that were committed by this group, who disguised their identities using long sleeved clothing, gloves, and masks. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Dallas Violent Crime Squad and prosecuted by AUSA Keith Robinson.