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Monday, October 26, 2015

Fresno Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

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Fresno Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 19, 2015
  • Eastern District of California(916) 554-2700
FRESNO, CA—United States District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Tryvell Powell, 34, of Fresno, today to 10 years and 10 months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Powell communicated with a 16-year-old girl on Facebook and persuaded her to leave Modesto where she was living and travel to Fresno. She then engaged in sex acts with strangers at Powell’s request for his monetary benefit. A relative of the girl reported seeing pictures of the teen in an online advertisement for prostitution. Fresno detectives used the advertisements to contact the girl and arrested Powell. Powell pleaded guilty on July 27, 2015.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Frye prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.
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Three Men Sentenced Today for Drug Trafficking in Kern County

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Three Men Sentenced Today for Drug Trafficking in Kern County

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 19, 2015
  • Eastern District of California(916) 554-2700
FRESNO, CA—Today, United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced three defendants in two cases for trafficking methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
In the first case, Jose Mojarro Cruz, aka Shyboy, 28, of Bakersfield was sentenced to 15 years and nine months in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. He pleaded guilty on April 21, 2015. Co-defendant Arnoldo Delgado Garcia (Delgado), aka Fabricio Rene Delgado-Perea, 35, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison. On May 11, 2015, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.
According to court documents, from May 2013 through January 2014, the defendants regularly distributed methamphetamine and heroin to various drug dealers and users in Kern County. The defendants admitted to distributing between 15 and 45 kilograms of methamphetamine and over 1,000 grams of heroin. Co-defendant Erik Gesus Rivera, 28, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and on September 21, 2015, was sentenced to two years in prison.
This case was the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney prosecuted the case. Case # 1:14-cr-048 LJO
In the second case, Judge O’Neill sentenced Juan Lascano Jr., 32, of Bakersfield, to 10 years in prison. On July 27, 2015, Lascano pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Lascano and his co-defendants conspired to distribute pound-quantities of methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area. On September 21, 2015, co-defendant Guillermo Magallanes, 36, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and co-defendant Pasqual Gonzales Magallanes, 44, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.
Sentencing for the two co-defendants is scheduled for December 14, 2015. Guillermo Magallanes faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $5 million fine, and Pasqual Gonzales Magallanes faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
In addition to the criminal charges, the United States is seeking the forfeiture of $31, 242, a 2014 Lexus IS250 F Sport, and a 2012 Acura TL sedan as proceeds of the illegal drug trafficking activity.
This case is the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case. Case # 1:15-cr-049 LJO
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FBI and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Seek the Public’s Assistance in Identifying Downtown Bank Robber

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FBI and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Seek the Public’s Assistance in Identifying Downtown Bank Robber

FBI PittsburghOctober 22, 2015
  • Supervisory Special Agent Gregory A. Heeb(412) 432-4281
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Pittsburgh Division and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the unknown male responsible for robbing the First Commonwealth Bank at 501 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, on October 20, 2015 around 3:40 p.m.
The robber may have been in McDonald’s prior to the robbery. He used a note and placed an unknown amount of money into a McDonald’s bag. The robber is described as follows:
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Height: Approximately 6’0” tall with large (muscular) build.
  • Age: Mid- to late-40s
  • Clothing: Gray hoodie, medium-colored blue jeans, and multi-patterned black and white hat
  • Facial hair: Salt and pepper stubble on face
Bank surveillance photographs from First Commonwealth Bank at 501 Grant Street in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 20, 2015:
Pittsburgh Bank Robbery Suspect, Photo 1 of 3 (10/22/15) Pittsburgh Bank Robbery Suspect, Photo 2 of 3 (10/22/15)
Pittsburgh Bank Robbery Suspect, Photo 3 of 3 (10/22/15)
Anyone with information regarding this robbery should contact the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, 24 hours a day, at telephone number (412) 432-4000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.