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COMMONWEALTH vs. TYRIEK BROWN Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The primary issue presented in this appeal is
whether the Commonwealth is required to prove a defendant knows
that a firearm in his or her possession is loaded in order to be
convicted of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm under G. L.

After police officers discovered a loaded firearm in the
rear console of a vehicle driven by the defendant, he was
charged ... More...
   $0 (05-22-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Oscar Montoya District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - Windsor Locks Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Offenses

Oscar Montoya, 62, of Windsor Locks, pleaded guilty on May 21, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to drug trafficking and money laundering offenses related to the distribution of heroin and various prescription medications.

According to court docume... More...
   $0 (05-22-2018 - CT)

United States of America v. David Pirk, Andre Jenkins a/k/a "Little Bear," and Timothy Enix, a/k/a "Blaze" Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY - Kingsmen President, Regional President, And Member Convicted By A Federal Jury Of Murder And Racketeering Following Four Month Trial

Following a four-month trial, a federal jury in Buffalo, New York, has convicted three leaders and members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC), including the National President, of multiple charges for their roles in a major racketeering oper... More...
   $0 (05-22-2018 - NY)

United States of America v. Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Honduran Drug Kingpin Sentenced to Life in Prison

Honduran national Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte was sentenced today to life in prison for his involvement in a large-scale international narcotics transportation organization.

On Jan. 9, a Miami jury found Mejia-Duarte, 41, guilty of conspiring to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine with the knowledge that the coca... More...
   $0 (05-21-2018 - FL)

State of Ohio v. Shaunell D. McKnight

On March 17, 2017, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted appellant in case No. 17CR-1565 on five separate counts related to appellant's alleged possession and trafficking of various drugs on July 12, 2016. The counts included: trafficking in heroin, in violation of R.C. 2925.03; possession of heroin, in violation of R.C. 2925.11; trafficking in cocaine, in violation of R.C. 2925.03; possession of... More...   $0 (05-21-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Cary Brandon Smith Middle District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Albany, Georgia

Albany, GA - Cairo Convicted Felon Cary Brandon Smith Sentenced For Narcotics And Gun Charges Under Project Safe Neighborhoods

Senior United States District Court Judge W. Louis Sands sitting in Albany, Georgia, sentenced Cary Brandon Smith, age 33, of Cairo, GA, to 360 months imprisonment as the result of his plea of guilty earlier this year to 31 of 32 counts in an indictment charging ... More...
   $0 (05-21-2018 - GA)

United States of America v. Luis Moreno-Valencia Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Colombian Man Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Transporting Cocaine

Luis Moreno-Valencia (45, Colombia, South America) was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or ... More...
   $0 (05-21-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Jose Martinez-Hernandez District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, RI - Fall River Man Admits to Being an Armed Drug Trafficker

Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation by Newport Police resulted in the arrest of four for allegedly possessing firearms, trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine

An armed drug trafficker arrested by Newport Police during a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation into an alleged cocaine and crack cocaine tr... More...
   $0 (05-21-2018 - RI)

STATE OF OHIO v. CHONTAY LUMFORD

This matter comes before us on two consolidated appeals by defendant
Chontay Lumford. In appellate case number 2017-CA-71, Lumford appeals from her
conviction and sentence following a guilty plea to one count of having a weapon while
under disability. In appellate number 2017-CA-72, she appeals from the trial court’s
revocation of community control and its imposition of prison ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2018 - )

United States of America v. Scott Richard Lange Amy R. Bailey District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM - Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charges in New Mexico

Charges Arise out of Four-Pound Methamphetamine Seizure during Traffic Stop by Las Cruces Police Department

Scott Richard Lange, 55, of Phoenix, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Officers of the Las Cruces Polic... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - NM)

State of Wisconsin v. Lamont Donnell Sholar

In late September 2011, Sholar and his life-long
friend, Shawnrell Simmons, were arrested after two victims, E.C.
and S.G., separately reported to police that they had been
victims of sex trafficking by Sholar (and that other girls had
been trafficked by Simmons) out of several motel rooms near the
Milwaukee airport, including the Econolodge on 13th Street. The
State... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - WI)

United States of America v. Rabobank, National Association Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Bank Sentenced for Obstructing Regulators, Forfeits $368 Million for Concealing Anti-Money Laundering Failures

Rabobank, National Association, a California subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., was sentenced on May 18, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller for conspiring to impair, impede, and obstruct its primary regulator, the Depart... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Jeffrey Fay Pike and Xavier Portillo Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Jury Convicts Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization Leadership on All Federal Charges

Racketeering Charges Related to Multiple Murders, Attempted Murders, Assaults, Extortion and Drugs

In San Antonio today after a nearly three-month trial, a federal jury convicted the two highest ranking officers of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization (Bandidos)--Nati... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Jesus Salgado Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Suburban Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Leading Chicago-Area Cell of International Drug Trafficking Organization

A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a suburban man to 16 years in prison for leading a Chicago-area cell of an international drug trafficking organization.

JESUS SALGADO ran a stash house in Bensenville where heroin and cash from drug sales ... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Vivian George Stewart Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Jamaican citizen sentenced to 26 months in prison for re-entering U.S. after being deported three times

Vivian George Stewart, 49, who has used five aliases in his attempts to enter or remain in the United States, was sentenced May 16 to 26 months in prison for re-entering the country illegally.

Stewart had previously been convicted in 2006 of participating in ... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - PA)

STATE OF MISSOURI vs. EDWARD K. SHIGEMURA MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS

Edward K. Shigemura (“Shigemura”) appeals from the trial court’s judgment following a jury verdict of guilty on four counts of possessing a controlled substance and one count of drug trafficking. On appeal, Shigemura raises three points. In his first two points, Shigemura contends the State presented insufficient evidence to support the jury’s verdict regarding the drug trafficking and the dru... More...   $0 (05-18-2018 - MO)

JAMES EDWARD CRIPPEN V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

A Crawford County jury convicted James Edward Crippen of trafficking
methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia, and fleeing. He was sentenced by the
circuit court to twenty-five years’ imprisonment, five years’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine,
and six years’ imprisonment, respectively, to run consecutively, for a total of thirty-six years.
In this no-merit appeal, Crippen’... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Alejandro Llamas-Delgado District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Major Twin Cities Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

Alejandro Llamas-Delgado was one of the state’s biggest methamphetamine traffickers

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the sentencing of ALEJANDRO LLAMAS-DELGADO, 24, to 25 years in prison for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking-related offenses. On December 20, 2017, LL... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. Tirrell Perry Thomas, et al. Western District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI - 18 Defendants Sentenced In Bank Card Scheme

Tirrell Thomas, the Michigan leader of the scheme, sent to prison for 102 months

Tirrell Perry Thomas, the Michigan leader of a scheme to defraud Bank of America, was sentenced to 102 months (8.5 years) in federal prison as part of an ongoing multi-state investigation that has resulted in felony convictions for 18 par... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - MI)

United States of America v. Michael D. Bright, aka Groove and Emmanuel Thirkill, aka Hot Boy Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN - Two Nashville Men Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences For Violent Crime And Drug Offenses

In Separate Cases, Defendants Each Receive More Than 20 Years In Prison

Two Nashville, Tennessee men have been sentenced in U.S. District Court to more than 20 years in prison for committing crimes involving drugs and violence, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle D... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Timothy Harris Federal Courthouses - Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, KY - Armed Heroin and Methamphetamine Trafficker in Pulaski County Sentenced to 480 Months

Timothy Harris, of Louisville, Ky., was sentenced on May 11, 2018 to 40 years in federal prison, by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.

Between 2015 and 2016, Harris imported heroin and methamphetamine into Pulas... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - KY)

United States of America v. Michael Deon Thompson Norther District of Texas Courthouse - Abilene, Texas

Abilene, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Abilene Man on Drug Charges Related to Near-Fatal Heroin Overdose

Following a two-day trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, a federal jury has convicted Michael Deon Thompson, 37, of Abilene, Texas, for his role in a heroin drug conspiracy resulting in serious bodily injury, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern Distr... More...
   $0 (05-15-2018 - TX)

MILTON MAURICE WEBB v. STATE OF FLORIDA

Milton Webb was charged with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to commit trafficking in cocaine. Prior to his trial, Webb had at least four court-appointed attorneys. Every time the court appointed an attorney to represent him, Webb would complain and request that the attorney be discharged. The last of those occasions gives rise to this
appeal; Webb contends that the trial court failed t... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - FL)

State of Ohio v. Michael Ray Madrid

The facts of this case are straightforward. On November 29, 2006, appellant
entered a plea pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford in case No. CR0200601180 to one
count of aggravated robbery in violation of R.C. 2911.01(A)(1) and one count of
involuntary manslaughter in violation of R.C. 2903.04(A) and (C), felonies of the first
degree. The trial court accepted appellant’s plea,... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. David Haisten and Judy Haisten Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - South Carolina couple sentenced to a total of 138 months in prison for trafficking counterfeit goods, including misbranded pet medicine

David Haisten, 51, and Judy Haisten, 51, both of Irmo, South Carolina, were sentenced on May 10, 2018 to 78 and 60 months of incarceration, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Gerald J. Pappert, announced United States Attorney William... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - PA)

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