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United States of America v. Goldyne Duran District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Espanola Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative Which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

Goldyne Duran, 27, of Espanola, N.M., pled guilty on May 7, 2018 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to heroin and methamphetamine trafficking charges under a plea agreement wi... More...
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United States of America v. Cameron James Lensmeyer and Evan Paul Sage Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Two Men Plead Guilty to Possessing “Dark Web” Counterfeit Carfentanil Pills Intended for Distribution
Pills Disguised as Oxycodone Actually Contained Elephant Tranquilizer

Two man who sold counterfeit carfentanil pills have pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Cameron James Lensmeyer, age 20, from Waverly, Iowa, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute c... More...
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United States of America v. Bruce Zachary Pugh Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Davenport, IA - Quad Cities Men Found Guilty of Crack Cocaine and Firearms Offenses

On May 3, 2018, following a three-day jury trial, Bruce Zachary Pugh, age 26, Darren Lamont Warren, age 22, and Desharrlequez Malike Vesey, age 23, were each found guilty of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possessio... More...
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Deion Reed v. The State of Texas

On the night of May 15, 2012, the Longview Police Department (LPD) received reports
that shots had just been fired in the Signal Hill apartment complex parking lot. LPD officers
Dennis Phillips and Benny Cooks were dispatched to Signal Hill with instructions to be on the
lookout for an orange Mitsubishi Eclipse, which they soon spotted. While witnesses urged Phillips
to quick... More...
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Gary Deon Elbeyallen a/k/a Gary Deon Allen v. The State of Texas

In April 2016, Naqibullah Haq owned “Mike’s Discount Food Store,” a
convenience store on East Berry Street in Fort Worth. According to the arresting
officer in this case, Officer James Polyak, Haq’s convenience store was a known
location of loitering, panhandling, and drug transactions. And according to Haq,
Appellant often lingered around the store—as Haq testified at the su... More...
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Herbert Hoover Pratt III v. The State of Texas

Appellant Herbert Hoover Pratt III was arrested pursuant to a warrant after
he answered the front door of his house in response to the police’s knock. Police
discovered cocaine in his pocket during the post-arrest frisk for weapons and
contraband. Pratt was charged with and convicted of possession of a controlled
1See Tex. R. A... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DAVID JAMES GARRISON UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

There is now an epic crisis of deadly opioid abuse and overuse. In 2016, roughly 11.5 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids. U.S. Dep’t of Health and Human Services, About the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (2018), (last visited March 8, 2018). That same year, 116 people on average died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Id. And in 2017, the Acting Secretary of Hea... More...   $0 (05-06-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Mark Nunnally Western District of Tennessee Federal Courthouse - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN - Memphis Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Distribution of Fentanyl

Mark Nunnally, 51, of Memphis was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl.

According to information presented in court, on May 18, 2017, members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence after receiving inform... More...
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United States of America v. Isaac Basilio Rosas Federal Courthouses - Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, KY - First Defendant Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison Following Drug Bust on Private Plane

Isaac Basilio Rosas, 33, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison, by Chief United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, for conspiracy to transport at least five kilograms of cocaine.

Basilio previously admitted that, on April 21, 2017, he and three other pass... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‐ against ‐    JAMAAL BROOKS, also known as Marley

A. Original Offense 

On June 3, 2013, Brooks pleaded guilty to distributing and 
possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin in violation of 21 U.S.C. 
§§ 812, 841(a)(1), and 18 U.S.C. § 2, a Class C felony.  Brooks faced a statutory 
maximum of 20 yearsʹ imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of three yearsʹ 
supervised release.  21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(... More...
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State of Vermont v. Benjamin Charette

The issue in this case is whether an individual who is convicted
of a sex offense can be compelled to register as a sex offender if the putative victim was an adult
undercover police officer posing as a minor child. Defendant appeals the trial court’s decision
requiring him to register as a sex offender. He argues the plain language of the sex offender
registration statute r... More...
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United States of America v. Bobby Dwayne Fillmore Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Bobby Dwayne Fillmore pled guilty to conspiracy to maintain a chop shop in the Dallas, Texas, area. The district court issued a within-Guidelines sentence of 51 months based partly on a two-level enhancement for being “in the business” of receiving and selling stolen property. We conclude Fillmore was not “in the business,” and thus we VACATE in part and REMAND for re-sentencing. As to other rulin... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - TX)

ROBERT COPPINGER vs STATE OF FLORIDA

Robert Coppinger was charged with violating his probation contrary to the terms of a substantial assistance agreement with the State. The trial court adjudicated him guilty of the violation, and sentenced him to concurrent prison terms on the charges in three separate cases that was the basis of his probation. He raises two issues on appeal. First, he claims the trial court lacked jurisdiction ... More...   $0 (05-04-2018 - FL)

Dennis Gilman vs. The State of Florida

Upon consideration of the State’s motion for rehearing, we grant rehearing,
withdraw our previous opinion and substitute the following in its place.
Dennis Gilman appeals an order denying his Florida Rule of Criminal
Procedure 3.800(a) motion to correct an illegal sentence. Because Gilman did not
affirmatively demonstrate entitlement to relief on the face of the record, we affi... More...
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ROBERT LEE PATE JR. vs. STATE OF IOWA COURT OF APPEALS OF IOWA

Des Moines police officers obtained a search warrant based on information
provided by a confidential informant. They executed the warrant on an apartment
and found Pate and a woman inside with eighty-one grams of crack cocaine, as
well as cocaine salt, marijuana, and a large amount of cash.
The State filed criminal complaints against Pate but dismissed them without
pre... More...
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United States of America v. Terrance Nathaniel Brown, aka War; Clifford Alexander Jennings, aka Big Cliff; Ronnie Monroe Nicholas Jr., aka RG; Michael Jamal Jones, aka M. Stone; and Jermaine Shiquill Epps, aka Money Western District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, VA - Five Gang Members Who Smuggled Drugs into Virginia Prisons Sentenced to Prison

Five members of the Mad Stone Bloods (MSB) gang were sentenced this week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke for their roles in a criminal conspiracy that involved the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into Virginia prisons, and the facilitation of the ... More...
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State of Missouri v. Travis W. Williams

In November 1996, Williams, then 26 years old, pleaded guilty to first-degree
statutory sodomy for inserting his thumb in a minor child’s vagina. He was sentenced to
five years in prison but, after completing a 120-day program in a sex offender assessment
unit, execution of his sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for five
... More...
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United States of America v. Preston Stewart, a/k/a "Pusha" District of Delaware Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, DE - Defendant Sent To Prison for Five Years

Preston Stewart, a/k/a “Pusha,” 35, of Wilmington, was sentenced to five years’ incarceration by Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark following convictions for two counts of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to filings in the case and statements made in open court, Stewart ... More...
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United States of America v. Nefty Rodriguez District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Hartford Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin and Crack to Overdose Victim

Nefty Rodriguez, 24, of Hartford, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin and crack cocaine to an overdose victim in 2015.

This matte... More...
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Shermon Valentine Ranson v. The State of Texas

In a single issue on appeal, Appellant argues that the evidence presented at trial is insufficient to support the verdict of the jury. Specifically, Appellant argues that the evidence is insufficient to prove that Appellant acted as a party to the murder. We review the sufficiency of the evidence under the standard of review set forth in Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. 307 (1979). Brooks v. State,... More...   $0 (05-02-2018 - TX)

Robert Thomas Zukevich v. The State of Texas

Zukevich was charged with the second-degree felony offense of arson by starting a fire
with the intent to damage or destroy a building. At trial, the jury heard testimony from Deputy
Alex Monroe of the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Monroe testified he was dispatched one
evening to respond to an arson in progress. According to the dispatch, a local R.V. repair shop,
ow... More...
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Joseph Richlen v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence that on December 28, 2013, Randy Mainord, the complainant
in the case, was inside his home watching television when he heard the “screeching noise” of a
vehicle pull up to his house and a man yell out, “Get your ass out here, you fucking pussy. I got
some buckshot for your ass.” Mainord testified that he got up from his chair, yelled at the person
See Te... More...
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United States of America v. Leon Russell United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT Castleton Man Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment for Selling Heroin and Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Leon Russell, 36, of Castleton was sentenced on April 18, 2018 to five years imprisonment by Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford in U.S. District Court in Rutland. Judge Crawford also sentenced Russell to three years supervised release, which is a period of supervisi... More...
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United States of America v. Richard Monroe United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Rutland, VT - Richard Monroe Pleads Guilty In Connection With The Death of Kevin DeOliveira

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on April 18, 2018, Richard Monroe, age 25, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to possessing firearms in furtherance of his cocaine trafficking and to discharging a handgun and killing ... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ROBERT ALEXANDER United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The following facts, which are drawn from the record of the suppression
hearing, are largely undisputed.
Alexander lived in a narrow house on Staten Island. The front of the house
faced the street, and a short set of stairs led directly from the sidewalk to the
front door. The property also included an 84-foot-long driveway that ran
perpendicular to the street and alongside the... More...
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