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Seventeen Charged in Drug Conspiracy,
Accused of Distributing Cocaine in Washington,
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense David Emanuel Kyle, 41, of Camp of investigative activities by a long-term
Springs, MD; Tyrone Marcel Smith, 42, FBI/MPD alliance called the Safe Streets
Submitted at 8:45 AM August 10, 2011
of Accokeek, MD; Joseph Garvin Young, Task Force. The Safe Streets Initiative
The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of 35, of Lanham, MD; Anthony Andre involves more than 150 Safe Streets Task
Columbia on August 9, 2011 released the Carter, 32, of Fort Washington, MD; Forces around the country that combat
following: Walter Lybrant Hayman, 47, of Glenn street gangs by combining federal, state
“WASHINGTON – Fifteen individuals Dale, MD; Marcus Alfred Gurley, 31, of and local police resources. The task
have been arrested in connection with a Glenn Dale, MD; and Eric Michael forces, which began in 1992 in Los
three-year investigation into drug Woods, 40, of Washington, D.C. Angeles and the District of Columbia,
trafficking in the Washington, D.C. An indictment is merely a formal charge address gang activity including drug-
metropolitan area. At the time of the that a defendant has committed a violation related crimes. Sharing resources,
arrests, law enforcement officers seized of criminal law and is not evidence of manpower and intelligence allows federal
illegal narcotics, six firearms, four guilt. Every defendant is presumed prosecutors to focus on securing the
vehicles, and more than $600,000 in cash. innocent until, and unless, proven guilty. maximum sentences and penalties for
The arrests follow the return of a federal Following the return of the indictment, gang members found guilty. By working
indictment charging 17 individuals with law enforcement officers executed a series through a Task Force, investigators can
conspiracy to distribute and possess with of arrest and search warrants in the focus on the entire criminal enterprise,
the intent to distribute cocaine, crack District of Columbia and Maryland during instead of the prosecution of individual
cocaine, and marijuana. the early morning hours of August 9, gang members.
The arrests, indictments, and seizures 2011, confiscating approximately one-half In announcing the indictments, U.S.
were announced today by U.S. Attorney kilogram of cocaine, one-quarter kilogram Attorney Machen, Assistant Director
Ronald C. Machen Jr., James W. of crack cocaine, and one pound of McJunkin and Chief Lanier commended
McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of marijuana. In addition, the officers seized the work of the FBI and MPD members of
the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and four vehicles, more than $600,000 in cash, the task force who investigated the case.
Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan and six firearms, including two machine They also thanked the U.S. Marshals
Police Department (MPD). pistols. Service, the U.S. Park Police, the United
The defendants were indicted on “These arrests and seizures are the result States Attorney’s Office for the District of
Thursday, August 4, 2011 on charges of of a concerted, relentless campaign to Maryland, and the Prince George’s
conspiracy to distribute and possess with disrupt and dismantle the networks that County Police Department, all of which
intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, fuel drug addiction in our city,” said U.S. provided assistance. Finally, they cited
and marijuana. The indictment also Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. “By the efforts of those who worked on the
includes a forfeiture allegation seeking all removing these narcotics and guns from case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for
proceeds derived from and assets used to our neighborhoods, we have made the the District of Columbia, including
commit the alleged crimes. If convicted, District of Columbia a safer place.” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth F.
the defendants face a minimum of ten “Today’s arrests show the hard work and Whitted, Seth Adam Meinero, and Barry
years in custody and a maximum of life in determination of agents and detectives Wiegand.”
prison. from FBI, MPD, Prince George’s County To find additional federal criminal news,
The seventeen defendants charged Police Department and the U.S. Marshals please read Federal Criminal Defense
include Espey Brown, Jr., 37, of Service and U.S. Park Police who partner Daily.
Washington, D.C.; Keith Gregory Gaston, together to rid our streets of these alleged Douglas McNabb and other members of
39, of Silver Spring, MD; Angela Denise drug networks,” said Assistant Director in the U.S. law firm practice and write
Peoples, 40, of Washington, D.C.; Eugene Charge McJunkin. extensively on matters involving Federal
Edward Gadson, 38, of Washington, D.C.; “Because of our continued focus in the Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
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of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Tuckson, Chief Lanier. “These arrests are an The author of this blog is Douglas
55, of Washington, D.C.; Harry Terrell, example of the efforts of law enforcement McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
Jr., 68, of Washington, D.C.; Thomas working together to make our directly at
Kearney, Jr., 53, of Washington, D.C.; communities safer.” email@example.com or at one
Gregory Martin, 55, of Washington, D.C.; The prosecution grew out of three years of the offices listed above.
2 Federal Criminal Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Charges 65 Yonkers Gang Members, Associates,
and Others with Narcotics and Firearms Offenses
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense joint investigations such as this which DEXTER THOMAS, RONNELL
disrupt and dismantle gangs from top to THOMAS, EDWARD WHITNEY, and
Submitted at 9:35 AM August 10, 2011
bottom are a very effective tool. This case ANDREW WILSON—are charged with
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern will have a positive impact on this conspiring to distribute
District of New York on August 9, 2011 neighborhood; an immediate visible and crack cocaine from 2000 through August
released the following: tangible result will be evident. On behalf 2011. Forty-one of these defendants are
“Three Defendants Also Charged with of the Mayor and the people of the City of also charged with using, carrying,
Murder of Rival Gang Member Yonkers, we extend our gratitude to the possessing, and discharging firearms
PREET BHARARA, the United States U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern during the narcotics conspiracy.
Attorney for the Southern District of New District of New York and to the FBI New KNOWLES, one of the leaders of the Elm
York; JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the York Office for their support, cooperation, Street Wolves, and two other members,
Assistant Director in Charge of the New and collaboration in this investigation.” MICHAEL ANDREWS and DEXTER
York Field Office of the Federal Bureau According to the indictments unsealed GRANGER, are also charged with the
of Investigation (“FBI“); and EDMUND today in White Plains federal court: murder of Christopher Cokley, a member
HARTNETT, Police Commissioner of the A 21-count indictment, United States v. of a rival gang, on July 4, 2009.
City of Yonkers, announced today the Steven Knowles et. al., charges 47 A five-count indictment, United States v.
unsealing of five separate indictments members and associates of the Elm Street Preston Hardy et al., charges 12 members
charging a total of 65 defendants with a Wolves street gang with multiple counts and associates of the Cliff Street
series of federal crimes, including murder, related to the distribution of crack Gangsters with conspiracy to distribute
narcotics distribution, and firearms cocaine, as well as firearm offenses. The crack cocaine and marijuana, as well as
possession in Yonkers, New York. Fifty- Elm Street Wolves are a drug trafficking firearms offenses. The Cliff Street
nine of the defendants are members or organization whose members have sold Gangsters are a drug trafficking
associates of either the Elm Street Wolves crack cocaine in the vicinity of Elm and organization whose members have sold
or the Cliff Street Gangsters—two street- Oak streets in Yonkers, New York, since crack cocaine and high-grade marijuana in
gangs based in Yonkers, New York. at least 2000. Members and associates of the vicinity of Cliff Street in Yonkers,
U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA the Elm Street Wolves worked together to New York since at least 2005. Like the
stated: “The federal charges unsealed ensure that they profited from the gang’s Elm Street Wolves, members and
today should make it crystal clear that if crack sales. Members and associates of associates of the Cliff Street Gangsters
you join a gang or deal drugs or engage in the Elm Street Wolves also shared sold narcotics and shared firearms to
violence in Yonkers, you are facing firearms and used those firearms to protect protect their territory from encroachment
federal time now. Today’s actions do not the Wolves’ territory from encroachment by rival gangs.
reflect any new law enforcement by rivals, including the Strip Boys and Twelve members and associates of the
commitment—rather, they reflect a GMF gangs. Cliff Street Gangsters—PRESTON
longstanding and deeply held belief that Forty-seven members and associates of HARDY, JAMES GLOVER, MICHAEL
every community in the Southern District the Elm Street Wolves—STEVEN GLOVER, TERRANCE GONZALEZ,
of New York should be safe and free from KNOWLES, MICHAEL ANDREWS, JAMES HARDY, AUDAI HOWARD,
the poison of drugs, gangs, and violence. GLEN BASKET, JEROME BROOKS, JOSHUA JENKINS, TERRELL LUCAS,
We who police the streets and prosecute ROBERT BRUCE, STANLEY BRUCE, MIGUEL MARQUEZ, GENE THOMAS,
criminals have no more important duty.” MARCUS CHAMBERS, GERALD SHAWN THOMAS, and BRANDON
FBI Assistant Director in Charge CHARLES, GERARD CHARLES, WILLIAMS—are charged with
JANICE K. FEDARCYK stated: “The MICHAEL CLEMONS, QUEJUAN conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and
Elm Street Wolves and Cliff Street COLLINS, MICHAEL DENNIS, marijuana from 2005 through August
Gangsters viciously defended their drug RAYVON DIAZ, JOSEPH DUQUESNE, 2011.
territories, at times aligning with each JAMES EDMONSON, KYLE ELLISON, Eleven of these defendants are also
other against rival dealers, outsiders, and CHRISTOPHER GLIVENS, charged with using, carrying, possessing
non-members. They retaliated against CHRISTOPHER GRANGER, DEXTER and discharging firearms during the
anyone who dared to encroach on their GRANGER, KAREEM GRANGER, narcotics conspiracy. The Cliff Street
territory, and they brought murder, RYAN GRANGER, DAQUAN Gangsters were aligned with the Elm
mayhem, and fear to our communities. We GREENE, PAUL HARDY, JASON Street Wolves in a long-running, violent
are committed to eliminating the criminal HARRIS, TYREE HUGHES, WILLIE dispute with members of the Strip Boys
enterprises that peddle poison and arm JACKSON, MARK JONES, RASHAD and GMF gangs. Certain members of the
their sales force with guns. Whether you MCNULTY, DONTE MELVIN, Elm Street Wolves and Cliff Street
live in Yonkers or Scarsdale, Mt. Vernon ANTHONY NORTHOVER, MARCUS Gangsters committed acts of violence to
or Mt. Kisco, you have a right to safety ODOM, DOMINICK PALLANO, protect their respective drug territory,
and security in your neighborhood.” SHAWN PATTERSON, DONALD including beatings, stabbings, and
Yonkers Police Commissioner EDMUND PEGUES, DEXTER PICKETT, shootings.
HARTNETT stated: “The issue of gangs MARQUISE PICKETT, BERNARD Two additional indictments, United States
and gang-related violence is not a local or POTILLO, TRAVIS ROBINSON, v. Hector Valentine, et al., and United
regional matter. It’s a national problem. MARCU.S.EPPERD, ERIC SMITH, States v. Michael Jones, charge four
While law enforcement must continue its SHARIF STEWART, JAMES
efforts in the area of gang prevention, SUMMERS, SAMUEL SUTTON, U.S. page 5
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U.S. Asks to Hide Witnesses and Evidence
During the Upcoming Trial of Former CIA
Officer Jeffrey Sterling
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense which is currently set for October 17. it has been edited to remove classified
“Sterling’s entitled to a public trial and information.
Submitted at 12:42 PM August 10, 2011
we’re going to do everything we can to The same prosecutor who is handling
Politico on August 10, 2011 released the make sure he actually gets a public trial Sterling’s case, William Welch, recently
following: and not one controlled by the CIA,” proposed using the silent-witness rule as
“By Josh Gerstein MacMahon said in a brief interview well as a series of codes at the trial of a
Federal prosecutors want permission to Wednesday. former National Security Agency staffer
introduce evidence that the public will not The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. who faced leak-related charges. The judge
see and to use screens to shield the Constitution guarantees defendants the in that case rejected that approach,
identities of some witnesses during the right to a public trial and to confront according to lawyers involved. The case
upcoming trial of former CIA officer witnesses against them. However, judges was settled through a plea bargain and
Jeffrey Sterling, who’s accused of leaking have on some occasions allowed use of never went to trial.
top-secret information to a New York non-public evidence, pseudonyms, screens In 2007, a federal judge ruled against the
Times reporter. or even disguises for witnesses. bulk of the government’s request to use
In a court filing late Tuesday, prosecutors One of the most controversial techniques the silent-witness procedure as well as
said the unusual measures are neeeded to proposed by the prosecution, the so-called secret recordings at the trial of two pro-
safeguard national security secrets and to silent witness rule, allows the judge, the Israel lobbyists accused of obtaining and
assure the safety of witnesses who worked prosecution, the defense and the jurors to disclosing classified information. The
undercover as officers or agents for the see a document while a witness is being judge said he might allow the procedure
U.S. questioned about it. Defense lawyers and on a document-by-document basis. That
“In light of national security, counter- press advocates have complained that the case was dropped by the Justice
intelligence, and personal safety concerns, technique amounts to secret testimony Department in 2009.
the government asks that some of those because the jury is effectively receiving During a 2006 trial for alleged Hamas
witnesses be referred to throughout the evidence to which the public has no operatives in Chicago, the judge closed
public proceedings by the initial of their access. the courtroom as members of Israel’s
true last name (e.g. Mr. D. for John Doe), Defense attorneys have also complained secretive Shin Bet security service
and that a screen be used to prevent the that the secrecy measures, when used at testified in the case. The press and public
identities of several of those current or trial, send a not-so secret signal to jurors were permitted to hear the proceedings
former officers from being revealed to the that the court has concluded that the from a nearby room.
public,” prosecutors said in the motion matters at issue involve national security Brinkema ruled late last month that
submitted to U.S. District Court Judge secrets–effectively encouraging jurors prosecutors cannot require Risen to testify
Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Va. who must decide that issue to reach the about his confidential sources. It is
Sterling faces ten felony counts relating same conclusion. unclear whether the government will seek
to allegations that he told Times reporter Prosecutors also revealed Tuesday that to appeal her ruling.”
James Risen about Operation Merlin, a the Russian defector, referred to in court To find additional federal criminal news,
CIA effort to transmit flawed nuclear papers as “Human Asset No. 1,” may be please read Federal Criminal Defense
weapon designs to Iran. In his 2006 book, called as a witness at Sterling’s trial. In Daily.
“State of War,” Risen said the Russian the court filing (posted here), prosecutors Douglas McNabb and other members of
defector to the U.S. that the CIA used to said they are likely to request that his the U.S. law firm practice and write
convey the information to Iran actually identity and name be protected through extensively on matters involving Federal
pointed out the flaws to the Iranians. use of the same techniques. Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
Prosecutors have said aspects of Risen’s Prosecutors said they expected the use of Notice Removal, International Extradition
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specific. only about 40 minutes of questioning The author of this blog is Douglas
Sterling’s lead defense attorney, Ed during the trial. If the judge opposes using McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
MacMahon, bridled at the prosecution such a procedure, prosecutors asked that directly at
requests to prevent the public from seeing she close the courtroom altogether and firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
some witnesses and evidence at the trial, release a transcript of the testimony after of the offices listed above.
Former TSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate
Crime for Assaulting Elderly Somali Man
(USDOJ: Justice News) guilty today in federal court to violating
Submitted at 3:43 PM August 10, 2011 the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
George Thompson, 64, a former Hate Crimes Prevention Act by assaulting
employee of the Transportation Security an 83-year-old Somali man on May 4,
Administration in Minneapolis, pleaded 2010.
4 Federal Criminal Justice Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Prosecutors Seek as Much as 24-1/2 Years for
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense guidelines recommend, saying a long contribution to charities he was involved
prison term would be tantamount to a with.
Submitted at 11:37 AM August 10, 2011
death sentence. “I remember my mother looking out of the
Reuters on August 10, 2011 released the Lawyers for the 54-year-old Rajaratnam window and feeling amazed by this boy
following: said such a sentence would be unfair and born with a silver spoon in his mouth
“By Andrew Longstreth overstate the seriousness of the offense. working our lawn in sweltering Colombo
(Reuters) – Prosecutors asked a federal “Mr. Rajaratnam’s failing health and the heat to raise a few rupees for his cause,”
judge to sentence Raj Rajaratnam to as unique constellation of ailments ravaging the letter said.
much as 24-1/2 years in prison, calling the his body mean, quite simply, that a Rajaratnam’s lawyers argued that the
Galleon Group hedge fund founder lengthy period of imprisonment will evidence submitted to the court “bears
“arguably the most egregious violator” of constitute a death sentence and result in scant resemblance to the greedy criminal
insider trading laws ever to be caught. the permanent and final separation of Mr. kingpin the government attempts to
Rajaratnam, who was convicted of insider Rajaratnam from his family,” said the portray.”
trading in May, should receive a sentence filing. Rajaratnam was found guilty on five
of between 235 to 293 months, or roughly U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell is counts of conspiracy and nine counts of
19-1/2 to 24-1/2 years, said prosecutors in expected to sentence Rajaratnam on securities fraud in May.
a court filing Tuesday evening. September 27 and need not follow the Prosecutors accused him of trading on
“Raj Rajaratnam’s criminal conduct was federal guidelines. inside information from corporate
brazen, arrogant, harmful, and pervasive,” In the memo, lawyers for Rajaratnam also executives, traders and others, resulting in
said the filing. “He corrupted sought to portray him as a philanthropist $63.8 million of illegal profit.
subordinates. He corrupted entire markets. who has made a positive contribution to The case is USA v Raj Rajaratnam et al,
Day after day, month after month, year society. They noted he had donated more U.S. District Court for the Southern
after year, Rajaratnam operated as a than $45 million of his personal wealth to District of New York, No. 09-01184.”
billion-dollar force of deception and charitable causes. To find additional federal criminal news,
corruption on Wall Street.” They also pointed to letters provided by please read Federal Criminal Defense
Prosecutors argued that the sentence they Rajaratnam’s friends, family, business Daily.
seek, which they said is in accordance colleagues and others that they say Douglas McNabb and other members of
with the federal guidelines, is needed to “describe a man remarkable for his the U.S. law firm practice and write
reflect the seriousness of Rajaratnam’s kindness, quiet manner, lack of pretense, extensively on matters involving Federal
criminal activity and to “deter others — and boundless generosity.” Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
particularly in the hedge fund and money One letter they cited came from a Notice Removal, International Extradition
management world from engaging a crime childhood friend from Sri Lanka, where and OFAC SDN List Removal.
that is far too rampant.” Rajaratnam was born as the second oldest The author of this blog is Douglas
A spokeswoman for Rajaratnam declined of five children and the son of a business McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
to comment on the government’s filing. executive and homemaker. directly at
In an earlier filing on Tuesday, lawyers The letter said that as a boy Rajaratnam email@example.com or at one
for Rajaratnam sought a sentence would help families with household of the offices listed above.
“substantially below” what U.S. chores in exchange for a monetary
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery
Thai Court Reconsiders Viktor Sergeant from South Carolina
Pleads Guilty for Role in
Bout’s Extradition Scheme to Steal Military
Equipment in Iraq
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense This article was published by The Voice
of Russia on August 10, 2011. Thanks to (USDOJ: Justice News)
Submitted at 11:15 AM August 10, 2011
@DOBROYEUTRO for sending the Submitted at 4:27 PM August 10, 2011
The Thai court in Bangkok has started the article to us. Eric Scott Hamilton, 40, of Pelzer, S.C.,
reconsideration of the decision on To find additional federal criminal news, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge
extradition of Russian businessman Viktor please read Federal Criminal Defense J. Michelle Childs in the District of South
Bout to the US. Bout’s lawyer filed the Daily. Carolina to a criminal information
relevant demand back in 2010. Douglas McNabb and other members of charging him with two counts of
Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 the U.S. law firm practice and write conspiracy to steal public property.
following the request from the US extensively on matters involving Federal
authorities. Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
In 2010 he was extradited to New York. Notice Removal, International Extradition
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The US accuses Bout of illegal weapon McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
trade but he denied the accusations. The directly at
jury court on Bout’s case was slated on firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
October 11. of the offices listed above.
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continued from page 2
Yonkers residents with conspiracy to be presented in White Plains federal court Customs Enforcement, the New York
distribute crack cocaine as well as later this afternoon. A chart setting forth State Police, the Westchester County
substantive counts of possession and the charges in the indictments and the Department of Public Safety, and the
distribution of crack cocaine. HECTOR applicable penalties is below. Westchester County District Attorney’s
VALENTINE, LEONARD BAMBERG The Indictments are the result of a long- Office for their assistance in the case. He
and RONALD CHANCE are charged term investigation conducted by federal, added that the investigation is continuing.
with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine state, and local law enforcement The prosecution is being handled by the
in Yonkers from October 2010 through authorities working with the U.S. Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant
May 2011, and with possessing crack Attorney’s Office for the Southern District U.S. Attorneys MICHAEL ENGLISH,
cocaine with the intent to distribute the of New York. In March 2009, this office ANDREW BAUER, and TELEMACHUS
crack. MICHAEL JONES is charged with charged three members of the Elm Street KASULIS are in charge of the
conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Wolves—GREGORY FULLER, DAVON prosecution.
Yonkers from 2010 through May 2011 YOUNG, and THOMAS The charges contained in the indictments
and with possessing crack with the intent CHAMBLISS—with the January 2008 are merely accusations, and the defendants
to distribute. murder of a narcotics dealer in northern are presumed innocent unless and until
A fifth indictment, United States v. Yonkers. In January 2011, FULLER, proven guilty.
Jonathan Harvey- Acquino, et al., charges YOUNG, and CHAMBLISS were each 11-236
two Yonkers residents with selling convicted after trial of murder, conspiracy U.S. v. Steven Knowles, et al.”
firearms. JONATHAN HARVEY- to distribute crack cocaine, robbery and To find additional federal criminal news,
ACQUINO and BRANDEN JONES are firearms offenses. please read Federal Criminal Defense
charged with conspiring to distribute They are scheduled to be sentenced on Daily.
firearms and with selling two September 29, 2011. In July 2011, LUZ Douglas McNabb and other members of
semiautomatic firearms in Yonkers from RIVERA pled guilty to operating a stash the U.S. law firm practice and write
November 2010 through April 16, 2011. apartment used by members of the Elm extensively on matters involving Federal
Federal and local law enforcement Street Wolves to package crack cocaine, Criminal Defense, INTERPOL
officers executed court-authorized and is awaiting sentencing. Red Notice Removal, International
warrants today on 13 locations tied to This Office also charged DESHORN Extradition and OFAC SDN List
many of the named defendants. During the SHEALY, a member of the Cliff Street Removal.
arrests and searches, agents and officers Gangsters, with conspiracy to distribute The author of this blog is Douglas
seized a number of firearms, quantities of crack in October 2010. The case is McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
crack and marijuana, as well as cash from pending. directly at
at least 11 individuals and locations. Mr. BHARARA praised the outstanding email@example.com or at one
Sixty-two of the 65 defendants charged in investigative work of the FBI and the of the offices listed above.
the indictments were arrested today or Yonkers Police Department. He also
were previously in custody. The thanked the U.S. Drug Enforcement
defendants arrested today are expected to Administration, U.S. Immigration and
Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Los Angeles Jury Convicts Two U.S. Marshals Stop Local
Online Identity Theft Involving Church Pastors and Their
More Than $700,000 in Employee of $14.2 Million
(U.S. Marshals Service News)
Reported Fraud Medicare Fraud Scheme Submitted at 10:53 AM August 10, 2011
(USDOJ: Justice News) (USDOJ: Justice News) August 09, 2011 - On August 4, 2011 the
Submitted at 11:28 AM August 10, 2011 Submitted at 1:18 PM August 10, 2011 United States Marshals along with Grady
A Brooklyn, N.Y., man pleaded guilty After a two-week trial in federal court in County Jail personnel thwarted an attempt
today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Los Angeles, a jury found Christopher to escape from jail by federal prisoner
Va., for his role in managing a credit card Iruke, 60; his wife, Connie Ikpoh, 49; and Sergio Contreras-Sanchez, aka “Boxer”.
fraud operation that operated throughout Aura Marroquin, 30, guilty of multiple Also arrested in the escape attempt was
the East Coast of the United States. charges. Maria Jimenez, girlfriend to Contreras-
The United States Marshals Sanchez.
Bastrop Area Child
Abuser Suspect Arrested Service Announces Interns
by Fugitive Task Force for the Fall Semester
(U.S. Marshals Service News) (U.S. Marshals Service News)
Submitted at 11:04 AM August 10, 2011
Submitted at 10:56 AM August 10, 2011
August 10, 2011 - Abraham Moya Ortiz, August 10, 2011 - The Marshals Service
whose last known address was in the Del is proud to announce that the first five
Valle area, was arrested this morning by candidates for the New Mexico State
the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force near University and United States Marshals
the intersection of Tinnin Ford Rd., and Service Volunteer Student Internship
Riverside without incident. Ortiz was Program in Las Cruces, New Mexico have
sought by Bastrop County authorities last been selected. The Interns have received
month for his alleged involvement with notice that they are to report and will
the continuous sexual abuse of a child, a officially start the Volunteer Student
first degree felony in Texas. Intern Program in August.
6 Federal Criminal Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers
Eduardo Garcia Indicted by a Laredo Federal Grand Jury
for Extortion Under Color of Official Right and
Unauthorized Access to Protected Computer Information
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense appearance this morning before U.S. from a protected computer.
Magistrate Judge Guillermo Garcia at Each of the three Hobbs Act violations
Submitted at 8:20 AM August 10, 2011
which time the indictment was officially carries a statutory maximum penalty upon
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern unsealed and Garcia was ordered conviction of 20 years in prison without
District of Texas on August 9, 2011 temporarily detained pending a detention parole and a $250,000 fine. The alleged
released the following: hearing set for Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, computer abuse and fraud act violation
“Webb County Deputy Constable Indicted at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate carries a maximum five-year-term of
for Accepting Bribes Judge J. Scott Hacker. imprisonment and a $250,000 fine upon
LAREDO, Texas – A Webb County According to allegations in the conviction.
Deputy Constable has been arrested indictment, Garcia has been a peace The investigation resulting in the charges
following the return of an indictment by a officer since 1993. During all times against Garcia was conducted by the
Laredo grand jury accusing him of relevant to the indictment, he was Laredo offices of the FBI and the DEA.
accepting bribes in his official capacity employed as a deputy constable involved Assistant United States Attorneys Roberto
and accessing protected computer in operating a prison transport van among F. Ramirez and Elizabeth R. Rabe are
information, United States Attorney José other duties. In or about Oct. 22, 2008, prosecuting the case.
Angel Moreno announced today along Garcia is accused of accepting a $500 An indictment is a formal accusation of
with FBI Special Agent in Charge Cory B. bribe to provide protection for a vehicle criminal conduct, not evidence.
Nelson and Drug Enforcement which he believed to be transporting in A defendant is presumed innocent unless
Administration (DEA) acting Special excess of 500 grams of cocaine from and until convicted through due process of
Agent in Charge Thomas E. Hinojosa. south Laredo to north Laredo. He is also law.”
A four-count indictment was returned accused of accepting another $500 bribe To find additional federal criminal news,
under seal on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, on Nov. 21, 2008, to escort a second please read Federal Criminal Defense
charging Deputy Constable Eduardo vehicle he believed to be transporting Daily.
Garcia, 44, of Laredo, with three counts of cocaine. Garcia is accused in the third Douglas McNabb and other members of
extortion under color of official right, that count of the indictment of accepting a the U.S. law firm practice and write
is, accepting bribes from another $200 bribe to cause another to check a extensively on matters involving Federal
purported engaged in criminal conduct license plate number for a specific license Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
including illegal narcotics trafficking in plate through the Texas Law Enforcement Notice Removal, International Extradition
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count of the indictment accuses Garcia of 2011. Lastly, Garcia is accused of a McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
unauthorized access to protected computer violating the computer fraud and abuse act directly at
information. by causing another person to exceed firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
Garcia was arrested by FBI agents late authorized access by performing a license of the offices listed above.
yesterday afternoon. He made his initial plate check and obtaining information
Alleged Mexican Mafia Members Paul Anthony Sanchez, Eduardo Garcia, Jason Ryan Gonzales,
Christopher Ybarra, Jesus P. Sanchez, Adrian Lemus, John Jay Navarro, Andrew Rodriguez, and
Joseph Andrew Correa Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Federal Drug Charges
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense indictment include: 30-year-old Paul coercive collection of a ten percent drug
Anthony Sanchez of Hondo, Texas; 40- tax, also known as “the dime.” Collection
Submitted at 8:36 AM August 10, 2011
year-old Eduardo Garcia of Poteet, Texas; of “the dime” was enforced by robbery,
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western 30-year-old Jason Ryan Gonzales of serious bodily injury or other acts of
District of Texas on August 9, 2011 Hondo; 29-year-old Christopher Ybarra violence.
released the following: of Hondo; 31-year-old Jesus P. Sanchez of The indictment also charges defendants
“FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL San Antonio; 31-year-old Adrian Lemus Correa and Rodriguez with two counts of
AUTHORITIES ARREST NINE of Hondo; 23-year-old John Jay Navarro distribution of methamphetamine;
HONDO-BASED TEXAS MEXICAN of Pearsall, Texas, and, 29-year-old Sanchez, one count of distribution of
MAFIA MEMBERS BASED ON Andrew Rodriguez of Hondo. Authorities heroin. Upon conviction, the defendants
FEDERAL CHARGES are still looking for 37-year-old Joseph face up to 20 years in federal prison on the
United States Attorney John E. Murphy, Andrew Correa of Hondo. conspiracy charge and between five and
FBI Special Agent in Charge Cory B. A federal grand jury indictment, returned 40 years in federal prison per drug
Nelson and Texas Department of Public on July 20, 2011, and unsealed today, distribution charge.
Safety Director Steve McCraw announced charges that since October 1, 2010, all of Authorities also arrested 38-year-old
today that eight Hondo, Texas-based the defendants, with the exception of Ignacio Aragon, Jr., of San Antonio this
members and associates of the Texas Rodriguez, have conspired to interfere morning while executing a search warrant
Mexican Mafia (TMM) have been with commerce by threats and/or violence. at his residence. Investigators discovered a
arrested based on a federal drug The indictment alleges that they conspired loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol
indictment; an ninth TMM member, on a to extort money from methamphetamine, inside the residence. A federal criminal
federal firearms charge. heroin and marijuana traffickers operating
Those arrested, and charged by in Hondo, Poteet and Pearsall through the ALLEGED page 8
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Luis Andres Cardona Indicted by a McAllen
Federal Grand Jury for Production of Child
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense investigation by the FBI. Presently in state state and local resources to better locate,
custody, Cardona is expected to be apprehend and prosecute individuals who
Submitted at 8:15 AM August 10, 2011
transferred into federal custody for exploit children via the Internet, as well as
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern arraignment on the federal charges in the to identify and rescue victims. For more
District of Texas on August 9, 2011 very near future. information about Project Safe Childhood,
released the following: If convicted of production of child please visit
“McALLEN, Texas – A McAllen grand pornography, Cardona faces no less than www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
jury has indicted Luis Andres Cardona, 15 years up to life in federal prison An indictment is a formal accusation of
53, for production of child pornography, without parole, a fine of $250,000 and a criminal conduct, not evidence.
United States Attorney José Angel term of supervised release of no less than A defendant is presumed innocent unless
Moreno announced today. five years up to life during which the court and until convicted through due process of
The one-count indictment, returned by can impose any number of conditions law.”
the grand jury on Aug. 9, 2011, charges designed to protect children. Additionally, To find additional federal criminal news,
Cardona, of Mission, Texas, with registration as a sex offender is please read Federal Criminal Defense
producing images of child pornography mandatory. Daily.
beginning in December 2008 through Assistant U.S. Attorneys Juan F. Alanis Douglas McNabb and other members of
October 2010 of a minor child using and Kimberly Bulger Leo are prosecuting the U.S. law firm practice and write
materials that had been mailed, shipped or the case. extensively on matters involving Federal
transported in or affecting interstate or This case was brought as part of Project Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
foreign commerce. Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to Notice Removal, International Extradition
The federal charges arise from an combat the growing epidemic of child and OFAC SDN List Removal.
investigation initiated by the Mission sexual exploitation and abuse launched in The author of this blog is Douglas
Police Department which culminated in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
the arrest of Cardona in May 2011 on state Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices directly at
charges involving the alleged sexual abuse and the Criminal Division’s Child email@example.com or at one
of a nine-year-old female child. The Exploitation and Obscenity Section, of the offices listed above.
federal charges are the result of further Project Safe Childhood marshals federal,
Naser Jason Abdo Indicted by a Waco Federal Grand Jury for
Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device As Well As
Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Fugitive From Justice
McNabb Associates, P.C. (Federal Criminal Defense fugitive from justice. Investigation Command, Bureau of
According to court records, officers with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Submitted at 8:26 AM August 10, 2011
the Killeen Police Department arrested Explosives, Killeen Police Department
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western Abdo on July 27, 2011. At the time of his and the Texas Department of Public
District of Texas on August 9, 2011 arrest, the defendant, an absent without Safety. Assistant United States Attorney
released the following: leave (AWOL) soldier from Fort Mark Frazier is prosecuting this case on
“NASER JASON ABDO INDICTED BY Campbell, Kentucky, was in possession of behalf of the Government.
A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN the handgun plus instructions on how to An indictment is merely a charge and
CONNECTION WITH BOMB PLOT build a bomb as well as bomb making should not be considered as evidence of
United States Attorney John E. Murphy components, including six bottles of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent
and Federal Bureau of Investigation smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson shotgun pellets, two clocks, two spools of To find additional federal criminal news,
announced that a federal grand jury seated auto wire, an electric drill and two please read Federal Criminal Defense
in Waco returned an indictment this pressure cookers. Court documents also Daily.
afternoon charging 21-year-old Naser allege that Abdo intended to use the Douglas McNabb and other members of
Jason Abdo with possession of an materials to assemble two destructive the U.S. law firm practice and write
unregistered destructive device as well as devices with the intention of detonating extensively on matters involving Federal
possession of a firearm and ammunition them inside an unspecified restaurant Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
by a fugitive from justice. frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood. Notice Removal, International Extradition
The three-count indictment specifically Abdo remains in federal custody. If and OFAC SDN List Removal.
alleges that on July 27, 2011, Abdo was in convicted, he faces up to ten years in The author of this blog is Douglas
possession of a destructive device not federal prison and a maximum $250,000 McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
registered to him in the National Firearms fine per count. directly at
Registration and Transfer Record as well This case is being investigated by agents firstname.lastname@example.org or at one
as a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the offices listed above.
20-gauge shot shells while being a together with U.S. Army Criminal
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complaint, filed this morning, charges guilt. The defendants are presumed
Aragon with being a convicted felon in innocent until proven guilty in a court of
possession of a firearm. Aragon’s law.”
criminal history includes felony To find additional federal criminal news,
convictions for possession of a controlled please read Federal Criminal Defense
substance, burglary and unauthorized use Daily.
of a motor vehicle. Upon conviction, Douglas McNabb and other members of
Aragon faces up to ten years in federal the U.S. law firm practice and write
prison. extensively on matters involving Federal
This investigation was conducted by the Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red
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with the Texas Department of Public and OFAC SDN List Removal.
Safety–Criminal Investigations Division. The author of this blog is Douglas
U.S. Immigrations and Customs McNabb. Please feel free to contact him
Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, San directly at
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Sheriff’s Department and the Bexar of the offices listed above.
County District Attorney’s Office also
assisted in this investigation.
An indictment is merely a charge and
should not be considered as evidence of