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11/20/2017
Dallas, TX
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

In April 2017, Edgar Solorzano, 24, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to the following charges:  one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; two counts of assault on a federal officer; and one count of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.  He has been in custody since the time of his arrest in August 2016.  On Nov. 20, 2017, U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced him to 231 months in prison.

11/03/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced Leopoldo Herrera-Gandara, aka “Polo,” 33 of Arch, New Mexico, to 121 months in federal prison. Herrera-Gandara pleaded guilty in August to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

11/02/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

In April 2017, following a four-day trial, Victor Manuel Solorzano, 32, of Dallas, was convicted of the following charges:  one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; two counts of assault of a federal officer; and two counts of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

10/27/2017
Washington, DC
Narcotics
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Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner led today’s briefing, where he announced that HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center will expand its efforts to offer investigative support and dark net training to state, local, and international partners. Benner also discussed plans to enhance training focused on illicit payment networks and financial transactions associated with fentanyl smuggling and distribution.

10/26/2017
Newark, NJ
Narcotics

Jacobo Leonel Orellana-Estrada, 21, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

10/24/2017
Portland, ME
Narcotics

Adam Davis, 37, of Rockland, Maine, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to illegally importing the synthetic opioid U-47700, also known as “Pink” or “U4,” and to illegally possessing a firearm while being a user of a controlled substance.

09/22/2017
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Wayne Douglas Burnet, 64, from San Antonio, was sentenced Sept. 22 by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who ordered Burnet to serve 37 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. Judge Sparks also ordered Brunet to forfeit his 1969 Piper PA-30 Comanche aircraft, $5,400 in U.S. currency, and about $3,000 worth of prepaid cards seized by law enforcement.

09/14/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics

The superseding indictment out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York (SDNY), charges Walston Owen, aka “Purpose,” Richard Feliz, aka “Dirt,” Shaquille Bailey, aka “Shaq,” aka “Jefe,” Miguel Caba, aka “Miggs,” and Nathanial Rodriguez, aka “Cook,” with various crimes relating to racketeering, narcotics and firearms offenses, including charges against Feliz for the March 26, 2015, murder of Victor Chafla, an innocent bystander. The defendants are charged as a result of their membership in the “Rollin’ 30s,” a subset of the nationwide Crips street gang.  Another individual, Lewis Turnbull, aka “Lew,” was charged solely with a narcotics offense.

09/14/2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Narcotics

Racoco Williams, 35, of Lauderhill, Florida, was arrested on Aug. 29, by the Pennsylvania State Police for possession with intent to deliver 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  

09/14/2017
Fort Wayne, IN
Narcotics

Uryan Frymire, 37, from Fremont, Ohio, was sentenced Thursday to 145 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute about 154 pounds of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. 

09/12/2017
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Bazan, 49, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane who ordered Bazan to serve a 24-month prison sentence, which is to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Bazan pleaded guilty to the charge June 30.

09/12/2017
Scranton, PA
Narcotics

Daniel Fitzgibbon, 47, admitted to agreeing with others to distribute the drug to customers in the Luzerne County area during 2014 and 2015. The members of the conspiracy obtained the alpha-pvp from suppliers in China.

09/11/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

LezFrank Vargas-Herrera, aka Christian Rivera Rios, 25, citizen of the Dominican Republic and unlawfully present in the United States, was sentenced on Sept. 11, 2017, to 181 months.

09/11/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Dewitt Donnell Bailey, 33, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Charlene Denise Davis, 47, Bailey’s half-sister, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

09/08/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Through a diligent investigation, USMS located Juan Carlos Marin-Cardona, 47, a citizen and national of Colombia, living in a foreign county under the name Alexander Rey Marin Cardona.  In March 2017, USMS deputies apprehended Marin-Cardona in Houston, Texas, at the airport.

09/07/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics

Alex Bernard Fletcher, 41, of Albuquerque, must also serve five years on supervised release after he completes his prison sentence, and must perform 50 hours of community service.

09/06/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Narcotics

Philadelphia’s HSI-led Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) headed the investigation into Luis A. Perez-Santiago, 38, who, if convicted, faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, lifetime supervised release, at least five years supervised release, a fine of $10,000,000 and a $100 special assessment. 

09/01/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Twenty-eight defendants in the North Texas area have been charged in a federal criminal complaint, and partially unsealed Friday, with felony offenses stemming from their role in a methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin conspiracy that operated in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

08/23/2017
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

In Oct. 2013, Khaophone Sychantha, 32, aka Kao, whose last known residence was Lakeshore, Ontario, was charged in a four-count federal indictment with distribution of a controlled substance following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

08/17/2017
El Paso, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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The driver, Comothial Harper, 44, a U.S. citizen from Bainbridge, Georgia, was arrested and charged with transporting illegal aliens for financial gain. Gerardo Aguilar-Roque, 35, one of the passengers, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

08/15/2017
Norfolk, VA
Narcotics
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According to the indictment, law enforcement began investigating Leroy Perdue and his drug trafficking organization (Perdue DTO) in early 2016 following the heroin overdose death of a young resident of Chesapeake. With the participation of nearly two dozen confidential human sources, law enforcement infiltrated the Perdue DTO and made 10 undercover controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl. On June 22, the investigative team arrested Rhadu Schoolfield in Norfolk with 800 grams of heroin after he returned from a trip to New York.

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