Grand Jury Indictments Issued; Most on Drug, Immigration and Weapon Complaints

Nov 10, 2018

 

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United States Attorney Trent Shores announced today the results of the November 2018 Federal Grand Jury.

The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in an indictment returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Shaun Cruz Conine. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute; Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute; Carrying, Using, and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime; Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition; Counterfeiting and Forging Obligations and Securities of the United States; Possession of Counterfeit Obligations and Securities. Conine, 36, of Tulsa is charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute heroin; possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, including an E.R. Armantino, Model Condor Supreme, 20-gauge over/under shotgun, a Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc., Model 689, .357 Magnum caliber revolver, a Browning Arms Company, Model BL-22, .22 caliber rifle, a Remington Arms Company, Model 7600, .308 WIN caliber rifle, and ammunition. Conine was further charged with forging, as well as, possessing counterfeit $20 Federal Reserve Notes. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department, Secret Service, FBI, and Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.

Edwin Yupanqui Garcia Castro and Juan Pedro Gonzalez Cedano. Drug Conspiracy; Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute. Castro, 26, and Cedano, 35, both of Tulsa, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of a mixture and substance containing heroin. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies. 

Humberto Cruz-Valasco. Reentry of Removed Alien. Cruz-Velasco, 31, of Tulsa, is charged with having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported on March 31, 2015, from Laredo, Texas. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the investigative agency.

FNU LNU and Adrian Torres-Moran. Drug Conspiracy. First Name Unknown, Last Name Unknown (FNU LNU)—aka “Cholo Loco”—residence  and age unknown, and Torres-Moran, 20, of Tucson, Arizona, are charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Highway Patrol are the investigative agencies.

FNU LNU, Gumaro Ibarra, and Jesus Adelio Angulo-Lopez. Drug Conspiracy; Reentry of Removed Alien. FNU LNU—aka “Cholo Loco”—age  and residence unknown, Ibarra, 24, residence unknown, and Angulo-Lopez, 24, of Broken Arrow, are charged with drug conspiracy with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine. Angulo-Lopez is also charged with reentry of removed alien, having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported on July 2, 2017, at Calexico, Calif. The Texas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are the investigative agencies.

Jason Marcus Franklin. Drug Conspiracy; Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute; Unlawful Use of a Communication Device. Franklin, 33, of Tulsa, is charged with drug conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and unlawful use of a cell phone to coordinate illegal drug activity. Franklin, along with his co-conspirators, allegedly obtained and distributed heroin throughout the Northern District of Oklahoma, utilizing Tulsa as their base of operations. The conspiracy consisted of a dispatcher, facilitator, drivers, and redistributors. To avoid detection, dispatchers and drivers rotated in and out of Oklahoma from Mexico every six months.  As part of the operation, the dispatcher, facilitator and drivers received heroin in bulk from Mexico and delivered drugs to redistributors to sell in communities across northeastern Oklahoma and elsewhere. The facilitator supplied heroin to drivers who delivered the drug to redistributors. Franklin allegedly acted as a redistributor and would text or call the dispatcher to order heroin.  Then, using cell phones, the dispatcher coordinated locations where drivers and Franklin would meet and eventually exchange cash for heroin.  Franklin, and other redistributors, would then allegedly sell the heroin.  The Tulsa Police Department, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.

Jose Juan Gomez-Martinez. Reentry of Removed Alien. Gomez-Martinez, 48, of Tulsa, is charged with having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported on March 31, 2007, from Laredo, Texas. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the investigative agency.

Scott Andrew Howie. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute; Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition. Howie, 37, of Bartlesville, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; possession a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, which included a Mossberg (Wards Western Field), Model 46B (04M 491A), .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, the Marlin Firearms Co., Model Glenfield 75, .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a Mossberg, Model 510, 20 gauge caliber shotgun, a Ruger, Model EC9s, 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol, and associated ammunition. The Bartlesville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Brian Kirk Marshall. Assaulting Federal Officers; Carrying, Using, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence; Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition After a Conviction for a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence. Marshall, 49, of Pattonsburg, Missouri, is charged with forcibly assaulting FBI agents while agents were executing a search warrant of his Kansas, Oklahoma, residence; carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence; and possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of third degree domestic assault in Missouri in 2008. The FBI is the investigative agency. 

Kaylnn Dee Meyer. Failure of a Sex Offender to Notify of International Travel. Meyer, 36, of Vinita, is charged with failure to report information required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act that she intended to and, in fact, traveled outside the United States. Meyer was previously convicted of enabling child sexual abuse and is required to register as a sex offender and meet specified requirements. The U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections are the investigative agencies.

Brett Alan MullCorruptly Altering a Record, Document, and Evidence; Acquiring Methamphetamine Through Deception. Brett Alan Mull, 47, of Pryor, is charged with destroying, mutilating, and concealing evidence with intent to impair its integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding, and with using deception and his position as a Mayes County Deputy Sheriff and Lieutenant in charge of the narcotics unit to steal methamphetamine that had officially been seized as evidence. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Zaphion Lynn Nofire. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute. Zaphion Lynn Nofire, 24, of Eucha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Nofire faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the investigative agency.

Kevin Alonso Rios Casas and Aurelio Gonzalez Romero. Drug Conspiracy; Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute. Casas, 22, and Romero, 20, both of Tulsa, are charged with drug conspiracy and with possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of a mixture and substance containing heroin. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are the investigative agencies.

Simon Dias Varelas. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition; Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. Varelas, 41, of Sallisaw, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Taurus, PT 111 Pro, 9mm semi-automatic pistol and more than 120 rounds of 9 mm caliber ammunition as well as a Tanfoglio, Model GT380, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and associated ammunition.  He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The West Siloam Springs Police Department, Cherokee County Investigators, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Johnny Josiah Ward, III. Aggravated Identity Theft; Misuse of Social Security Number; False Statement in Application for Passport. Ward, 55, of St. Augustine, Florida, is charged with unlawfully using another person’s identification in relation to felony violations; misusing another person’s social security number and representing it as his own on a passport application submitted to the Department of State; and making a false statement on a passport application in order to be issued a U.S. passport. The Social Security Administration- Office of the Inspector General and U.S. Department of State are the investigative agencies.

John Andrew WilliamsPossession of Fifteen or More Counterfeit Access Devices; Possession of Device-Making Equipment; Wire Fraud. John Andrew Williams, 47, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, was charged with possessing 15 or more counterfeit gift cards and with using credit card encoder equipment to re-encode the depleted gift cards fraudulently with bank account and identification information belonging to other persons, which he had obtained illegally from the “dark web.” Williams was also charged with purchasing U.S. postage stamps from kiosks throughout the United States and selling the stamps on Craigslist by means of wire communications. The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are the investigative agencies.

Alicia Wright. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute. Wright, 43, of Hemet, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine. The Tulsa Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.