Seven People Indicted for Alleged Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

August 9, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 9, 2012 released the following:

“MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment unsealed yesterday charged seven individuals with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Heriberto Sanchez, age 24; Musaaleh Waheed Muhammad, age 35; William Elijah Carter, age 27; Rossco Antonio Ross, age 34; Charles Eric Jackson, Jr., age 44; Gregory Leroy Carter, age 25; and Travis Sentell Peeler, age 32, were charged with possessing five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute them. Carter was also charged with one count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. The indictment, which was filed on July 23, 2012, was unsealed following the defendants’ initial appearance in federal court.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine between March 2009 and March 2012. On February 5, 2012, Carter allegedly possessed a Taurus 9mm pistol in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted, each defendant faces a potential penalty of life in prison. Carter also faces a potential penalty of five years in prison if convicted for carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Safe Streets Task Force, with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Safe Streets is a FBI-sponsored task force that focuses on combating violent street crime as well as gang and drug trafficking offenses. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn K. Bell.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.”

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Harold Waller Charged in a Federal Criminal Complaint with 49 U.S.C. 46505(b)(1), Allegedly Carrying a Weapon on an Aircraft

March 27, 2012

USA Today on March 27, 2012 released the following:

“Feds charge Montana man with bringing guns to flight

By Paul Elias And Matt Volz, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Federal officials on Monday took over the case of a Montana man alleged to have tried to carry four loaded hand guns onto a commercial flight departing Sacramento International Airport.

The U.S. attorney in Sacramento charged Harold Waller, 45, with trying to board a commercial flight with concealed weapons.

An FBI affidavit released Monday said Waller told investigators he had no intent to harm anyone when he tried to bring four guns onto a flight to Phoenix. In an interview with The Associated Press, his mother said the 45-year-old divorced father of two is suffering from mental illness

“I don’t understand it. Nobody who was thinking properly would do what he did,” Helen Waller said. She said her son was driven from the family farm near Circle, Mont., and to Sacramento for treatment of depression several weeks ago.

His mother said Waller sought treatment at a Sacramento clinic that specializes in detoxification because he discovered that he is allergic to the anti-depression medication prescribed to him. He also visited a nutritionist there. His mother said the treatment worked well for two years.

According to the FBI, a fidgety and sweaty Waller approached a US Airways ticket counter Thursday afternoon and asked for a ticket to any destination in Alaska. He was given a ticket to Anchorage with a change over in Phoenix.

Waller told the FBI he intended to “spend a few days” in Alaska. Waller was arrested after he was found with a loaded 9 mm handgun in a shoulder holster and a loaded handgun in each of the three carry-on bags at the security checkpoint. The FBI said he gave investigators permission to search his car parked in a nearby lot, where they discovered “numerous additional loaded guns, including two assault rifles and a high volume of ammunition.”

Waller’s initial appearance in federal court Monday was brief and he didn’t enter a plea. He was ordered to return to court Thursday to discuss bail and identify his lawyer. He is currently being held in jail without bail.

Helen Waller said she hired an attorney Monday morning because she refused to allow her son to be represented by a public defender.

She did not know why her son was attempting to catch a US Airways flight.

“I am thankful that nobody got hurt,” she said. “I am hoping it will bring more awareness to individuals that there are more people than they would guess that have a mental disorder.””

US v Harold E Waller – Federal Criminal Complaint

49 U.S.C. § 46505

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David Lavern Paine Charged by Criminal Complaint for Allegedly Viewing Child Pornography at Public Library

December 4, 2011

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on December 2, 2011 released the following:

“Registered sex offender charged after viewing child pornography at public library

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A registered sex offender from Orange County made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday, following his arrest at a local public library where witnesses allegedly observed him viewing child pornography on one of the library’s computers.

David Lavern Paine, 68, of Lake Forest, Calif., was taken into custody Wednesday by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies at the public library in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Library officials notified authorities after observing an adult male viewing pornographic images that appeared to be children. The deputies, who responded immediately, found Paine at one of the library’s public computers in the process of viewing child pornography. Paine is charged in a criminal complaint with knowingly accessing child pornography.

The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) partners on the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force.

According to the criminal complaint, when confronted by the deputies, Paine initially tried to lock the computer and appear like he did not know why he was being singled out. Upon further questioning, however, Paine stated he was looking at “nude women, young girls, bestiality and Russian nudists.” When asked way he was doing it in a public library, he responded “because it’s available.”

Upon further examining the computer Paine was using, investigators found computer windows leading to numerous pornographic websites highlighting images of young girls.

“The allegation that this defendant was viewing child pornography in a public place where young people and their families congregate is beyond disturbing,” said Joseph Macias, assistant special agent in charge for ICE HSI in Orange County. “ICE HSI will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners on the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force to identify and bring to justice those who prey upon and sexually exploit innocent children online.”

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens called the case appalling. “We will do whatever is necessary to keep child pornography out of our county and those who view it out of our public libraries and away from our children.”

At his court appearance Thursday, Paine was ordered held without bond pending trial. Given his prior conviction for possession of child pornography, he now faces a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence if convicted of the current charge.

Paine’s is the twentieth arrest by the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force since its inception seven months ago. The Task Force allows law enforcement agencies to combine their unique authorities and information-sharing capabilities to investigate and arrest child pornographers, child sex tourists and facilitators, human smugglers and traffickers of minors, criminal aliens convicted of offenses against minors, and aliens deported for child exploitation offenses who have returned to the U.S. illegally.”

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Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.