NDTX Round-Up: October 9-15
GUILTY PLEA – JOHN ADRIAN GARCIA
On October 13, John Adrian Garcia, 19, plead guilty to carjacking. In June 2019, Garcia took a black Lexus RX from another individual by intimidation and force. Garcia faces up to 15 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department as part of the Dallas Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana.
SENTENCING – DESMOND WELLS
On October 15, Desmond Wells, 26, was sentenced to 210 months and ordered to pay $110,860.05 in restitution for attempted bank robbery. Upon entering Veritex Community Bank in Fort Worth, Wells and a coconspirator demanded “hundreds, fifties, and twenties” from bank employees. Seconds later, the coconspirator fired gunshots at bank employees striking two tellers behind the counter and one employee seated at the center island. Both Wells and the coconspirator fled the bank only to be arrested by law enforcement later the same day. This case was investigated by the FBI’s Dallas Field Office and the Fort Worth Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Cole prosecuted this case.
GUILTY PLEA – GERSON GAMALIEL ROJO GUZMAN
On October 15, Gerson Gamaliel Rojo Guzman, 30, plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and cocaine. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Rojo Guzman’s residence. Officers recovered cocaine, two firearms, ammunition, and $11,550 in cash. Rojo Guzman faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Desoto Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – CARLOS DANIEL MARTINEZ-MARIN
On October 15, Carlos Daniel Martinez-Marin, 22, plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. DEA agents located a house used as a meth conversion lab in the Northern District that was used by Martinez-Marin and other co-conspirators. As Martinez-Marin exited the house he was arrested, and agents executed a search warrant on the house. Law enforcement recovered a meth conversion lab; large quantities of liquid methamphetamine in 18 containers; 21,332 grams of crystal methamphetamine; 3,013 grams of heroin; $3,252 in drug proceeds. Martinez-Marin faces up to 40 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Kull is prosecuting this case.