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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 30, 2018

April Grand Jury

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 27 indictments charging 31 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Ada Argueta, age 46, of Los Angeles, California, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine beginning on or about February 3, 2017, and continuing to on or about February 5, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Diego Cruz Calderon, age 35, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about April 6, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Mark Davis, age 46 of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about January 28, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime on or about January 28, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life consecutive imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, up to a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment. Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about January 28, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, up to a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment.

*          Philip Debandt, age 49, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms, or more of marijuana beginning on or about March, 2016, and continuing to on or about March 30, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana on or about March 30, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about March 30, 2018.

 *          Abad Ernesto Diaz-Gomez, age 19, of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about February 18, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Joshua Z. Dortch , age 27, of Omaha, and Anwar A. Hunt, age 37, of Omaha, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with Interference with Commerce by Robbery on or about March 23, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment charges the defendants with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence on or about March 23, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life consecutive years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Ebony L. Douglas, age 31, of Auburn, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana on or about December 20, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Marvin Flores Dias, age 34, of Lincoln, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 4, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Felice Michael Giorgetti, age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Robert Patrick Rahon, age 27, of Sacramento, California are charged with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana on or about January 10, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NLT 5 years imprisonment, NMT $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Noe Luna Vasquez, age 32, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about April 10, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Christopher McNatt, age 25, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 12, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Sergio Medina-Renteria, age 49, of Holdrege, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 25, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Heriberto Pineda Pastrana, age 33, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about February 18, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Daniel A. Rodriguez Portillo, a/ka/ Flaco, age 33, of Lincoln, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine beginning on or about December 1, 2016, and continuing to on or about August 16, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Miguel Ramirez, age 24, of Grand Island, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about February 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $8,000,000 fine, NLT 8 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Oscar Ramos-Garcia, age 35, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about March 30, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Javier Reynoso Flores, age 26, of Coachella, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about February 14, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Angelo Russell, age 37, of Walthill, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault with a dangerous weapon, with intent to do bodily harm, on or about February 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with discharging a firearm during a crime of violence on or about February 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life consecutive years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jeremy Wayne Russell, age 35, of Madisonville, Kentucky, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about February 27, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $8,000,000 fine, NLT 8 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Victor H. Tellez, age 47, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with false representation of a Social Security number on or about February 28, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents on or about February 28, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised released, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen for employment on or about February 28, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          David Valdez Ramirez, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Roger E. Westerhold, age 35, of Lincoln, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine beginning on or about April 1, 2016, and continuing to on or about November 20, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, NLT 10 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

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Updated May 17, 2018