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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sentencings for June 8 - June 12, 2018

EDUARDO AGUILAR, 27, of La Puente, California, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 12, 2018, for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Aguilar was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received sixty months of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $400.00 fine. The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation investigated this case.

PAULO CESAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, 42, of Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on June 12, 2018, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Rodriguez-Lopez was arrested in Sweetwater County. He received twelve months and one day imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. The Office of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated this case.

VICTOR VALENZUELA, 43, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl, on June 11, 2018, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for conspiracy to launder money. Valenzuela was arrested in Lubbock, Texas. He received one hundred eighty months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and a $500.00 fine, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody.

This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) joint investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. This investigation resulted in the identification, prosecution and conviction of state defendants and 14 federal defendants on a variety of felony charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine. The principal missionof the OCDETF program is to identify, disruptand dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking andmoney laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for thenation’s illegal drug supply.

DENNIS FRANCIS BOYLE, 54, of Davis, California ,was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on June 11, 2018, for production of child pornography. Boyle was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received one hundred sixty-four months of imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of supervised release,and ordered to pay a $5,000.00 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Assessment and a $200.00 special assessment. The Department of Homeland Security investigated this case.

JESSIE PATRICK SICOCAN, 22, o fCheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on June 11, 2018, for possession of unregistered firearms. Sicocan was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received thirty months of imprisonment, to be followedby thirty-six months of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $200.00 fine. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together alllevels of law enforcement to reduce violent crimeand make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turningthe tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series ofactions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration ofPSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crimereduction strategy thatincorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

JAMES EDWARD KNIGHT, II, 42, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on June 8, 2018, for tax evasion. Knight was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received three months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and $374,970.00 in restitution. The Internal Revenue Service investigated this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Immigration
Project Safe Childhood
Tax
Press Release Number: 
18-030
Updated June 14, 2018