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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 13 indictments charging 14 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.

*          Miguel Contreras-Mariscal , age 39, of Hastings, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 6, 2016.  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. 

*          Ronald Frazier, age 35, of Winnebago, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault of an Intimate Partner and Dating Partner by attempted strangulation and suffocation on or about the July 6, 2016.  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 Frazier with Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender on or about July 6, 2016.  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. 

*          John M. Hall, age 30, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Hall with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine between on or about May 2015 and June 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of ammunition on or about June 3, 2016.    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.

*          Michael Halstead, age 51, of Gretna, Nebraska, is charged with receiving and attempting to receive child pornography from on or about May, 2016, and continuing to on or about June 4, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Mario Jimenez-Rivera, age 29, of Lexington, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation after a felony conviction on or about September 21, 2016.  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. 

*          Arbelio Lopez-Cabrera, age 25, of York, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about September 11, 2016.  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. 

*          Oscar Mayorga is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Counts I, II and IV of the Indictment charge Mayorga with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about January 4, February 4, and February 25, 2016.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with carrying and use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime on or about February 4, 2016.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years to life imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count V of the Indictment charges Mayorga with distribution of methamphetamine on or about March 23, 2016.  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.

*          Anthony McQuinn, age 31, of Omaha is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges McQuinn with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine beginning on or about January 31, 2016, and continuing to on or about February 13, 2016.  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.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about February 13, 2016.  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.

*          Jose L. Morales-Flores, age 23, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 14, 2016.  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. 

*          Miguel Nicolas-Francisco, a/k/a Mario F. Gaspar, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation after a felony conviction on or about February 11, 2016.    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. 

*          Carlos Ramos, a/k/a Mateo Bautista, a/k/a Angel Rodriguez Velasquez, age 27, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation after a felony conviction on or about September 29, 2016.  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. 

*          Monica Martinez Vera, age 34, of Compton, California and Lizbeth Vizcarra, age 23, of Hemet, California, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Vera with possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture containing heroin on or about September 12, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges Vizcarra with misprision of a felony on or about September 12, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Scott Wellensiek, age 43, of Dunbar, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with receipt of child pornography on or about September 23, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, a $100 special assessment, and $5,000 restitution.  Count II of the Indictment charges Wellensiek with access with intent to view child pornography from on or about August 7, 2016, and continuing to on or about September 5, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, a $100 special assessment, and $5,000 restitution. 

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Updated October 24, 2016