Month: August 2018

Federal Indictment Targets Inglewood-Based Street Gang that Used Strip Mall Storefront to Cook and Distribute Crack Cocaine

LOS ANGELES – Authorities have arrested 10 members and associates of an Inglewood-based street gang on federal narcotics-trafficking and firearms charges contained in a grand jury indictment that outlines how the defendants obtained cocaine, used a purported convenience store to convert it into crack cocaine, and distributed the drugs on the streets of Inglewood and South …

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Thousand Oaks Man Sentenced to Nearly Five Years in Federal Prison in $11 Million Bank Fraud Case

LOS ANGELES – A Thousand Oaks man who fraudulently obtained more than $11 million in loans he used to purchase a gas station and two car washes was sentenced today to nearly five years in federal prison. Mohsen Hass, 60, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. In …

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Dana Point Man Charged with Scheme to Send Export-Controlled Computer Servers to Iran

  SANTA ANA, California – A Dana Point man has been charged in a recently unsealed indictment with participating in a conspiracy to procure and illegally ship export-controlled computer servers to Iran. Johnny Paul Tourino, 64, was named in a 23-count grand jury indictment filed on March 7 and unsealed by a federal judge by a …

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Two Men Found Guilty of Murder, Robbery of Elderly Woman in Montrose

A jury today found two men guilty of killing a 67-year-old woman a year ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Devon T. White, 21, of Lynwood, and James Wesley Trotter aka Man-Man, 22, of Long Beach, were both found guilty of one count each of murder with a special circumstance allegation of …

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Former ICE Special Agent Arrested on Federal Civil Rights Charges that Allege He Sexually Assaulted Two Women

RIVERSIDE, California – A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was arrested this morning on federal civil rights charges that allege he sexually assaulted one woman and twice raped another woman after abusing his official position to convince them not to report his violent conduct. John Jacobs Olivas, 43, …

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Investigation into Puente 13 Street Gang Leads to Federal Charges Against 17 Defendants on Narcotics, Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

  LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities have arrested 12 defendants on federal narcotics and fraud charges stemming from an investigation into the Puente 13 street gang. Those arrested last night and this morning are among 17 defendants named in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury that allege various offenses, including narcotics, bank …

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Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Violate U.S. Sanctions Against Syria

  SANTA ANA, California – A Walnut man has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to export U.S.-origin tactical gear to Syria in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Syria Sanctions Rasheed Al Jijakli, 57, a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty Monday before United States District Judge James V. Selna. In …

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Idaho Man in Custody on Terrorism Charges Sentenced to an Additional 20 Years for Attacking Federal Prison Warden

LOS ANGELES – A man who was already serving a 25-year sentence for providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization was sentenced today to serve an additional 20-year prison term for trying to kill the warden of the federal prison where he was housed. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 36, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Virginia A. …

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Los Angeles Strike Force Targets Drug Trafficking Organizations that Allegedly Smuggled Sinaloa Cartel Narcotics into U.S.

LOS ANGELES – Capping a three-year investigation by the Los Angeles Strike Force, authorities this morning arrested 20 defendants named in a series of indictments that allege the smuggling of large quantities of narcotics from Mexico on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel. Those arrested this morning are among 57 defendants named in three indictments that were …

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