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08/01/2017
McAllen, TX
Narcotics

Dina Maria Palacios, 37, was sentenced Aug. 1 by U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez to serve 87 months’ in prison to be followed by three years supervised release. Before Judge Alvarez announced the sentence, she took into consideration Palacios’ conduct as well as the fact that she had her 16-year-old daughter with her during the crime.

07/31/2017
Plainfield, NJ
Narcotics

The operation targeted three rival drug trafficking networks headed by Andres Hernandez-Diaz, 46, Julian Mirambeaux-Olivarez, 46, and Manuel Castillo-Concepcion, 37, all of Plainfield, N.J.

07/18/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics
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Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Monday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Rene Marcos Vera, 44. Also arrested were Raquel Ann Stansberry, 35; Cesar Diaz German, 50; Rosella Maria DeLeon, 58; Richard Andrew Leon, 38; Rene Marcos Vera II, 22. Tawney Waner, 31, a resident of Las Vegas and Joseph Sorce, 41, were both arrested in Chicago.

07/17/2017
Wichita Falls, TX
Narcotics

U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Juan Leonardo Tello, 50, of Dallas, Texas, to 180 months in federal prison. In May 2017, Judge O’Connor sentenced the following three co-defendants to federal prison sentences for their roles in this methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy: Jackie Eugene Clayton, 38, to 235 months in federal prison; Juan Carlos Lopez, 53, to 100 months in federal prison; and Rudy Roman Ramirez, 45, to 135 months.

07/14/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Corey Nelson, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 230 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in September 2016 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance.  Nelson has been in custody since mid-July 2015 following a law enforcement operation led by the FBI, the Dallas Police Department and IRS.

07/12/2017
Portland, OR
Narcotics

Henry Konah Koffie, 32, of Darby, Pa., is accused of importing and distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. Koffie was ordered detained awaiting trial at a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia and will be transferred from the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia to the District of Oregon.

07/10/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Arnoldo Mendoza Lepez, 44, of Littlefield, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Co-defendants Joseph Raymond Jaramillo Jr., 30, and Zahir Rivera-Pineda, 27, pleaded guilty earlier this month to their role in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

07/10/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Russell Tim Shen, 69, Andre Jorge Hernandez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  They face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  Ernesto Esteve, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

06/29/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

Among the Tucson residents taken into custody Tuesday was the organization’s alleged ringleader, Sean Player Dixon, 43. Also arrested were Ricky Manning Jr., 36; Jeneayi Manning Qualls, 34; Raymond Pro, 40; Makayla Bower, 23; Anthony Torres, 43 and; Jennifer Estrada, 39.

06/28/2017
San Antonio, TX
Narcotics

Marciano Millan Vasquez, 34, was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to seven consecutive life imprisonment sentences for committing and aiding and abetting the commission of numerous murders and other acts of violence that included drug and weapons trafficking in Northern Mexico in furtherance of a drug distribution operation.

06/22/2017
Santa Ana, CA
Narcotics

Sean Libbert, 41, was sentenced June 21 by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney. The case was the result of a lengthy probe by the Los Angeles HIDTA Southern California Drug Task Force, which includes ICE’s HSI, the DEA, and the IRS - Criminal Investigation.

06/14/2017
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

Following a two-day trial and after about two hours of deliberation, Martin Araiza-Jacobo, a U.S. permanent resident who resided in Matamoros, Mexico, was convicted of conspiracy to possess and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as well as conspiracy to import and importation of methamphetamine.

06/13/2017
Beaumont, TX
Narcotics

Ben Doyle Vaughn III, 45, of Vidor, Texas, was sentenced June 13 to 135 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 5.

06/09/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Michael Sebastian Ford, 24, from Lubbock, Texas was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 150 months. Ford pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

06/09/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Narcotics

Baldemar Solis, from Arlington, was sentenced June 9 by U.S. District John McBryde to a term of life imprisonment. Solis, who had been a fugitive since 2012, was arrested in September 2016 and has been in custody since his arrest.

06/09/2017
Laredo, TX
Narcotics

Vanessa Hernandez, 24, from Guadalajara, Mexico, was sentenced June 9 by U.S. District George P. Kazen to 100 months in federal prison. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison. Hernandez pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 6, 2016.

06/05/2017
Dallas, TX
Narcotics

Rolando Benitez, aka “San Luis,” 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 245 months in federal prison. Benitez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance in October 2016.

06/02/2017
Boston, MA
Narcotics

Juan Luis Perez Garcia, 44, a Dominican national residing in Bronx, New York, and Juan Artiles Taveras, 43, of Lakewood, New Jersey, were arrested Friday, June 3, 2017, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.           

05/31/2017
Salt Lake City, UT
Narcotics

The following six individuals are charged in this superseding indictment: Aaron Michael Shamo, 27, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah; Drew Wilson Crandall, 30, of Brisbane, Australia; Alexandrya Marie Tonge, 25, and Katherine Lauren Ann Bustin, 26, both of South Jordan, Utah; and Mario Anthony Noble, 28, and Sean Michael Gygi, 27, both of Midvale, Utah.

05/31/2017
New York, NY
Narcotics
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Two indictments were unsealed charging 25 defendants with a variety of narcotics, firearms, and robbery-related offenses. Of the 25 defendants, 21 are associated with a drug-distribution organization operating primarily in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx and are charged in United States v. Hector Palermo, et al. (Palermo Indictment).

05/25/2017
Lubbock, TX
Narcotics

Six of the seven charged defendants were arrested early Tuesday in an operation led by the following law enforcement agencies: Texas Department of Public Safety; U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Levelland (Texas) Police Department; the Cochran County Sheriff’s Office; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; as well as the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team; Roosevelt County (New Mexico) Sheriff’s Office; and the Region V Metro Drug Task Force, based in New Mexico.

05/18/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Narcotics
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Mayra Miranda 31, of Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. The federal prison sentence is the result of a five-year probe spearheaded by ICE HSI, with significant assistance from the DEA, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Phoenix Police Department.

05/16/2017
Las Cruces, NM
Narcotics

Erika Jimenez, 31, from Deming, New Mexico, must also serve three years of supervised release after she completes her prison sentence.

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