A Texas Federal Grand Jury Has Indicted an Individual for Allegedly Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft

August 25, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 22, 2014 released the following:

Former Garland, Texas Man Indicted for Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft

DALLAS—A federal grand jury has indicted Steven Alexander Chavez, Jr., 23, on one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Today, special agents with the FBI arrested Chavez in Lubbock, Texas, where he had recently relocated from Garland, Texas.

According to the indictment, returned earlier this week in Dallas, on or about August 24, 2013, in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, Chavez knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the maximum statutory penalty is five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI, Texas DPS and Garland Police Department are investigating. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Burns is prosecuting.”

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Christopher Stephens Charged in Federal Complaint Alleging He Made Threats to Blow Up Federal Courthouses

May 29, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 28, 2013 released the following:

“DALLAS—Christopher Stephens, 34, appeared in federal court today in Wichita Falls, Texas, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach on a criminal complaint related to several threats he allegedly made to blow up federal buildings in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Stephens, who resided at the North Texas State Hospital (NTSH) in Wichita Falls, was ordered detained, pending a probable cause and detention hearing that will be set at a later date and held before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan in federal court in Dallas.

According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, the Wichita Falls Police Department’s (WFPD) communications center received telephone calls, one on March 5, 2013, and one the following day, from a caller who identified himself as “Gerald Adams.” In those calls, the caller threatened to blow up the U.S. Courthouse in Dallas. During the second phone call, the communications operator asked the caller if he was located at the NTSH, and the caller said that he was.

Law enforcement contacted an individual with a similar name who resided at the NTSH; however, it was determined that this individual was not the one who made the telephonic bomb threats. This individual stated that he believed the caller was another resident of NTSH, Christopher Stephens. He explained that Stephens became fascinated with his ex-wife, who had visited on several occasions and that Stephens had alluded to making contact with her upon his release. The individual believed that Stephens used his name to sabotage his release date.

On March 7, 2013, the WFPD’s communication center received a third bomb threat. During that call, Stephens advised that a bomb had been planted at the U.S. Courthouse in Fort Worth. The operator kept Stephens on the line long enough for WFPD officers to go to NTSH and observe Stephens on the phone speaking with the WFPD. Stephens did not deny making the bomb threat.

NTSH provided the officers with letters from Stephens. One letter was addressed to a WFPD officer and one was addressed to the FBI. Both letters provided a detailed description of how Stephens would blow up a federal courthouse, what materials he would use to make the bomb and how it would detonate. Stephens also wrote racial comments in the letter and included Nazi SS symbols.

On March 25, 2013, the FBI Dallas Field Division received a letter, via the U.S. Postal Service, signed by Stephens. That letter read, “I will blow up the Federal Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas.” On April 3, 2013, the WFPD received a mailed bomb threat from Stephens that mirrored the one sent earlier to the FBI, with the exception that the letter depicted three Nazi Swastikas and the words “White Power.”

A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. Stephens is charged with one count of using to the mail to willfully make a threat to unlawfully damage or destroy a federal courthouse by means of an explosive. That offense as charged carries a maximum statutory penalty 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, per count.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the WFPD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Pfeifle and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay are prosecuting.”

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“Dallas County Man Charged in Federal Complaint with Unlawfully Entering Restricted Area of Dallas Love Field Airport”

May 2, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 1, 2013 released the following:

“DALLAS— Ruben Jimenez Martinez, 36, of Garland, Texas, appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez on a federal criminal complaint stemming from his unauthorized entrance into a restricted area of Dallas Love Field Airport on Sunday evening, April 28, 2013. He was ordered detained. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, the felony complaint charges Jimenez with entering aircraft or an airport area in violation of security requirements. The offense as charged, upon conviction, carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the complaint filed, Jimenez, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, pulled onto the Dallas Love Field Airport property where private aircrafts are housed. Jimenez approached the gate of a general aviation aircraft business and began pressing buttons on the gate’s access pad. While an employee opened the gate to engage Jimenez through the vehicle’s window, another employee parked his company SUV on the air operations side of the gate to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering the restricted area. As that employee began to open the door of his vehicle, Jimenez evaded the vehicle and maneuvered around it at a high rate of speed.

Jimenez proceeded onto and down Taxiway Alpha at speeds estimated to be in excess of 100 miles per hour. The business’ employees were unable to catch up with Jimenez and requested assistance. Jimenez’s Tahoe was ultimately located at Associated Air Hanger 3. Jimenez walked through the hanger and, when officers with the Dallas Police Department arrived and cuffed him, he attempted to break free and additional officers arrived to assist in restraining him. Jimenez was arrested and agreed to speak to law enforcement. He advised that he believed God had directed him to Dallas Love Field and, that while he was in the hanger, he yelled “in the name of Jesus” three times.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the Dallas Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Errin Martin is in charge of the prosecution.”

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FBI Says Cartel Used Bank of America to Launder Money

July 9, 2012

Bloomberg Business Week on July 9, 2012 released the following:

“By Joe Schneider

The brother of the alleged leader of a Mexican cocaine-trafficking cartel used Bank of America Corp. (BAC) accounts to invest the organization’s drug proceeds in U.S. racehorses, a FBI agent said.

Jose Trevino-Morales, one of 14 people indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas on June 12, used a personal account and a business account under the name of Tremor Enterprises LLC to buy and sell horses using money generated from cocaine trafficking, extortion and bribery, Jason Preece, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a June 11 sworn statement filed in federal court in Dallas.

“The ultimate goal of this money laundering operation was to provide Jose Trevino with apparent legitimate assets purchased and maintained by illegally obtained money,” Preece said. Bank of America isn’t accused of any wrongdoing in the agent’s statement.

Details of the transactions were revealed in a probe of the Los Zetas drug cartel, which according to the filing, funnels thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. each year. Los Zetas is the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, in geographical presence, and controls 11 states in the country, generating millions of dollars of revenue, Preece said in the statement filed in a bid to gain a search warrant for Trevino’s property.

Strong Procedures
“We have strong anti-money-laundering procedures and work closely with the authorities when suspicious activity is discovered,” Larry Di Rita, a spokesman at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America, said in a phone interview today.

The bank doesn’t comment on any specific legal and customer cases, he said.

Preece filed the statement to support his request for court permission to search Trevino’s property in Balch Springs, Texas, a Dallas suburb, where he said investigators were likely to find horse ownership records, bank statements and cellular phones used to communicate with Los Zetas.

Trevino, who earned $29,000 in 2009 from Texas Stone and Tile LLC, had expenses of $200,000 a month the following year to support his horses, according to an FBI informant who isn’t named in the filing. The drug cartel had bought at least $4.2 million worth of quarter horses, which are used in short- distance races, over a four-year period, according to the indictment.

The two most well-known horses Trevino had were Tempting Dash and Mr. Piloto, according to the filing.

Mr. Piloto won the All American Futurity race in 2010 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, with Tremor Enterprises’ bank account being credited with $968,440 as a result, Preece said.

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 38, leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel, and his brother Oscar Omar Trevino Morales were also indicted by the grand jury.

The defendants are charged in the May 30 indictment with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Morales, A-12-cr-210-SS, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (San Antonio). The application and affidavit for search warrant is 3:12-mj-255, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas.)”

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