Jerald Bland Plead Guilty in Houston Federal Court to One Count of Transportation

January 4, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on January 3, 2012 released the following:

“Houston Man Enters Guilty Plea to Transporting a Woman for Commercial Sex

HOUSTON— Jerald Bland aka “Moe Betta,” 30, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to one count of transportation, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Bland admitted to transporting a woman to Louisiana intending that she engage in prostitution. An investigation by the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force, which includes the Houston Police Department, developed this case using on line advertisements for the victim’s services and hotel records from several hotels in Louisiana.

On March 8, 2010, Houston Police Department officers conducted an undercover operation which resulted in the apprehension of Bland and the identification of the female victim. At that time, a silver Sony HDX Camera was discovered along with pictures of females in sexually provocative poses and photos of Bland flashing money. According to the factual basis in support of the guilty plea today, between May 26 and June 7, 2010, Bland transported the female victim to Beaumont, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La. While out of town, ads were posted for sexual services on the Internet which were discovered by investigating officers and corresponded to the dates of the hotel reservations where they stayed.

Several employees from the hotels involved recognized Bland and the victim as being at the hotels. At one location, the business center was used to post Internet ads for prostitution which was discovered by an employee.

Bland kept all the money the woman earned in relation to the sexual services performed.

U.S. Judge Nancy F. Atlas, who accepted the guilty plea today, set sentencing for March 20, 2012, at which time Bland faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Bland also faces a maximum lifetime term of supervised release. He will remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack.”

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Houston Police Officer Leslie Aikens Indicted by a Houston Federal Grand Jury for Alleged Drug Trafficking and Corruption

July 27, 2011
Sgt. Leslie Aikens
HPD Sgt. Leslie Aikens

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 27, 2011 released the following:

“Sealed Indictment Charging an HPD Officer Unsealed Following His Arrest

HOUSTON—A Houston Police officer has been arrested following the return of an indictment by a Houston grand jury charging him with drug trafficking and corruption, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today along with FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris.

A two-count indictment was returned under seal on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, charging Houston police officer Leslie Aikens, 46, of Houston, a 19-year veteran of the Houston Police Department (HPD). The indictment was unsealed today following Aiken’s arrest by officers with Houston Police Department Internal Affairs, Texas Rangers, and agents of the FBI as he went off-duty at the HPD substation where he is assigned. Aikens appeared late this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy and has been ordered released on a $50,000 bond.

Aikens is charged with aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine on or about March 10, 2011. He is also charged with extortion under color of official right or a Hobbs Act violation for allegedly accepting a $2,000 bribe to provide protection for a vehicle which he believe to be transporting seven kilograms of cocaine.

The drug offense charged in count one of the indictment carries a statutory penalty of not less than 10 years or more than life imprisonment and a $10 million fine upon conviction. The Hobb’s Act violation as alleged in the second count of the indictment count carries a statutory penalty upon conviction of 20 years’ incarceration without parole and a $250,000 fine.

The investigative effort resulting in the charges was conducted by the Houston office of the FBI, Texas Rangers, and HPD.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James McAlister is prosecuting the case.”

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