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August Grand Jury

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 26 indictments charging 27 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.

*          Juan Aguilar Pacheco, a/k/a Gallo, a/k/a Jesus Cruz-Perez, age 38, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Counts I and II charge the defendant with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about May 2, 2019 and continuing through July 1, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment on each count, $5,000,000 fine on each count, 4-year term of supervised release on each count, and a $100 special assessment on each count.

*          Pedro Avendano-Molina, age 59, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 4, 2019, following an aggravated felony conviction.  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. 

*          Jaime Barrera Sotelo, age 36, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 26, 2019.  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.

*          Isaias Cortez Garcia, age 36, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 24, 2019, following an aggravated felony conviction.  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. 

*          Jaime Cuella Macua, age 32, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 29, 2019.  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.

*          Tyler Dodge, age 25, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Counts I and II charge the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about November 11, 2018 and continuing through December 21, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment on each count, $5,000,000 fine on each count, 4-year term of supervised release on each count, and a $100 special assessment on each count.    

*          Isiah Gandy, age 28, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  The Indictment charges the defendant with wire fraud on or about December 2, 2014 and continuing through December 23, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment on each count, a $250,000 fine on each count, a 3-year term of supervised release on each count, and a $100 special assessment on each count.

*          Miguel Garcia-Flores, age 30, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with fraudulent use of a social security account number beginning on or about September 24, 2018.  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 fraudulent use of identification documents to obtain employment on or about September 24, 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. 

*          Christian Eduardo Gaxiola, age 37, of Greeley, Colorado, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about May 3, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.    

*          Jorge Herrera Vargas, age 44, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 5, 2019.  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.

*          Adan Inzunza-Barreras, age 26, of Omaha, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant  with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, (mixture) beginning on or about May 23, 2019 and continuing to on or about June 27, 2019.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, (mixture) beginning on or about June 27, 2019.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, (actual) beginning on or about May 23, 2019.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges the defendant with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, (mixture) beginning on or about Jun 14, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 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 June 27, 2019.    

*          Nathan Lee Kempter, age 32, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with enticement of a minor on or about July 15, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct on or about August 2, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment. 

*        Abuhussein A. Khattab, age 28, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  The Indictment charges the defendant with possession by a prohibited person on or about November, 2017 and continuing through April, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment on each count, a $250,000 fine on each count, a 3-year term of supervised release on each count, and a $100 special assessment on each count.

*          Patricia Lopez-Hernandez, age 35, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 7, 2019.  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.

*          Chad A. Loseke, age 39, of Hastings, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) on or about June 3, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $8,000,000 fine, - year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.    

*          Ismael Nunez Labra, age 36, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 9, 2019.  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.

*          Jorge Paz-Aguilar, age 34, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 5, 2019.  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.

*          Roman Anthony Perales, age 21, of Winnebago, Nebraska, is charged in a seven-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault with intent to commit any felony on or about July 25, 2019. 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 assault of a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm on or about July 25, 2019. 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 III of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on or about July 25, 2019. 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 IV of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault with intent to commit any felony on or about July 25, 2019. 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 V of the Indictment charges the defendant with carrying or using a firearm and in relation to a crime of violence and discharging the firearm on or about July 25, 2019. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years-Life imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VI of the Indictment charges the defendant with carrying or using a firearm and in relation to a crime of violence and discharging the firearm on or about July 25, 2019. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 7 years-Life imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VII of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of ammunition on or about July 25, 2019. 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.    

*          Morgan L. Perkhiser, age 35, of Eugene, Oregon, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  The Indictment charges the defendant with wire fraud on or about May 25, 2016 and continuing through October 5, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment on each count, a $250,000 fine on each count, a 5-year term of supervised release on each count, and a $100 special assessment on each count.

*          Manuel Portillo Choto, age 35, is charged in a two- count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 29, 2019.  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 charges the defendant with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees on or about July 29, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 1 year imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, a 1-year term of supervised release, and a $25 special assessment.

*          Elio Danubio Ramirez Lemus, age 39, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with false statement on a passport application beginning on or about December 29, 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.  Count II charges the defendant with fraudulent use of a social security account number beginning on or about February 5, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with false claims of U.S. Citizenship on or about February 5, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Terrence Sayers, is charged in an eight-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about May 20, 2014. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about December 24, 2014 and continuing to on or about January 13, 2015. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about April 19, 2015 and continuing to on or about April 27. 2015. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count IV of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about May 9, 2015 continuing to on or about May 18, 2015. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count V of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about September 28, 2016. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count VI of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about April 13, 2014. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count VII of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about March 24, 2015. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 5 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count VIII of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about October 24, 2017. The penalty if convicted is a minimum of 10 years’ to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-years to Life term of supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.

*          Billy Francisco Silvestre Aguilar, age 31, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 5, 2019.  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.

*          Ignacio Tapia-Lopez, age 38, of Hastings, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) on or about July 30, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.    

*          Pedro Valdovinos, age 26, and Leagsaidh Hargreaves, age 24, are charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, (actual) beginning on or about June 1, 2017 and continuing to on or about August 5, 2019.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, (mixture) beginning on or about August 5, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with use/possess firearm with drug trafficking beginning on or about August 5, 2019.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about August 5, 2019.    

*          Seth B. Vander Vorst, age 28, is charged with drug user in possession of firearm on or about July 28, 2019 and on or about July 31, 2019.  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.

Updated August 23, 2019