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Troy: Frankie Rios Charged to Distribute Cocaine

Troy Man, Frankie Rios Charged for Intending to Distribute Cocaine ALBANY, N.Y (STL.News) Frankie Rios, age 40, of Troy, New York, was ordered detained yesterday after being arrested on Monday and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Rios appeared yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel and was ordered detained pending further proceedings.  The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The charge filed against Rios carries a max

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Navajo: Wilson Davis sentenced for sexually abusing a child

Navajo man, Wilson Davis sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing a child in Indian Country ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (STL.News) Wilson Davis, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced on Feb. 23 in federal court to two years in prison for sexually abusing a child in Indian Country.  Upon completion of his prison sentence, Davis will be subject to five years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Davis pleaded guilty to the offense on Oct. 22, 2020.  In his plea agreement, Davis admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the victim, who he knew was a minor.  At the time of the abuse, the victim was younger than 16 years old.  Davis committed the offense in McKinley County on the Navajo Nation. The Gallup office of the FBI investigat

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New York: Rodney Robinson Charged For Fraudulently Posing

Rodney Robinson Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Fraudulently Posing As Medical Professional (STL.News) Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Keith J. Byrne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (“DSS”), New York Field Office, announced today the unsealing of a complaint charging RODNEY ROBINSON, a/k/a “Alim Shariff,” with forgery and false use of a passport, false statements, and aggravated identity theft in connection with his years-long effort to fraudulently pose as a medical professional and Naval Reserve Officer.  ROBINSON was arrested this morning in New York, New York, and will be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn later today. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss

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11 Members Charged with Racketeering Offenses

11 Members and Associates of the “Bully Gang” Charged with Racketeering Offenses A Current and a Former New York City Department of Correction Officer Also Arrested (STL.News) A third superseding indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging 11 members and associates of the violent New York City-based street gang known as the “Bully Gang” with racketeering for their role in multiple crimes, including attempted murder, armed robbery, narcotics trafficking, bribery, extortion and money laundering. Charges against multiple co-conspirators were also unsealed, including a New York City Department of Correction (DOC) officer and a former DOC officer who are charged with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy led by the founder and leader of the Bully Gang which traf...

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United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald To DOJ

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald To Depart Justice Department (STL.News) On February 28, 2021, United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald will step down as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.  After her departure, First Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk will assume the role of Acting U.S. Attorney. “My highest priority as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota has always been safety and security of the individuals, families, and communities of this great state and nation,” said U.S. Attorney MacDonald.  “Serving as the United States Attorney has been my great honor and privilege.  I have always been and continue to be humbled and inspired by the women and men of this office whose dedication to the pursuit of truth and justice is unwavering.” “We Minnesot

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Three Men Sentenced for Violating Federal Firearms Laws

Three South Louisiana Men Sentenced for Violating Federal Firearms Laws LAFAYETTE, La (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that three men from South Louisiana were sentenced today for illegally possessing firearms by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. Jaquan Smith, 27, of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegal possession of an unregistered firearm.  On October 10, 2018, law enforcement officers in Jennings, Louisiana stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in which Smith was a passenger.  Officers found Smith to have a square-shaped object bearing a Glock insignia in his possession.  The device is capable of converting a firearm into a machine gun.  The machine gun con

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Las Vegas: Brent Carter Charged with Mailing White Powder

Las Vegas Man, Brent Carter Charged with Mailing White Powder to the New York State Gaming Commission ALBANY, N.Y (STL.News) Brent Carter, age 72, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was charged by criminal complaint with mailing envelopes containing suspicious powders to the New York State Gaming Commission in Schenectady, New York. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Carter was charged in a criminal complaint with conveying false information and hoaxes.  He appeared yesterday in Albany federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, and was ordered released with conditions. Carter is accused of using the U.S. mail to

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Sioux City: Delfina Torres Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

Sioux City Woman, Delfina Torres-Perez Sentenced to Federal Prison for Meth Conspiracy Torres-Perez, a convicted drug felon, was caught transporting 20 pounds of methamphetamine from California to northwest Iowa. (STL.News) A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced February 19, 2021, to more than 18 years in federal prison. Delfina Torres-Perez, 33, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 25, 2020, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Torres-Perez was previously convicted in the Northern District of Iowa for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in 2012. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that from about November 2019 through March 2020, Torres-Perez and others conspired to distribute more than 22 po

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Randolph Morris Indicted for Wire Fraud and Tax Violations

Randolph Morris Indicted for Wire Fraud and Federal Tax Violations for Failing to Report Income from Professional Basketball in China LEXINGTON, KY (STL.News) Randolph Morris was indicted yesterday on federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements on his federal tax returns.  As alleged in the indictment, from 2010 to 2017, Morris failed to report more than $13 million dollars that he earned while working as a professional basketball player in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). A federal grand jury sitting in Lexington returned an 11-count indictment against the 35-year-old Morris, who played at the University of Kentucky from 2004 to 2007, before entering the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played until 2010.  The wire fraud counts allege that Morris subm

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Estherville: Chance Jacob Wetter Sentenced For Meth

Estherville Man, Chance Jacob Wetter Sentenced to Prison for Meth Wetter sold meth to an undercover officer in Spirit Lake near Memorial Park (STL.News) A man who distributed methamphetamine in Lakes area was sentenced February 23, 2021, to 7 years in federal prison. Chance Jacob Wetter, age 26, from Estherville, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 22, 2020, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a protected location. In a plea agreement, Wetter admitted he and others distributed methamphetamine in the Lakes area from October 2019 through February 2020. On October 23, 2019, law enforcement conducted a controlled drug buy from Wetter utilizing an undercover officer in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Wetter sold the undercover officer approx

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Frankie Baza Sentenced For Conducting Large Meth Deals

DOC Inmate, Frankie Baza Faces Max 20-Year Federal Sentence For Conducting Large Meth Deals From Prison ATHENS, GA (STL.News) An inmate in the Georgia Department of Corrections system has pleaded guilty to conspiritng to distribute methamphetamine from prison, said Peter D. Leary, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Frankie Baza, 33, of Flowery Brance, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal on February 24, 2021.  Baza faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release and a $1,000,000 fine.  A sentencing date is scheduled for May 6, 2021.  There is no parole in the federal system. Law enforcement officers in Athe

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George Poulo Sentenced To Produce Sexually Explicit Photos

Orlando Man, George Poulo Sentenced To 170 Years In Federal Prison For Using A Minor To Produce Sexually Explicit Photos And Distributing Child Sex Abuse Images And Videos Orlando, FL (STL.News) United States District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced George Poulo (27, Orlando) to 170 years in federal prison for using a minor to produce sexually explicit conduct and distributing child pornography. Poulo was also ordered to serve a lifetime term of supervised release and register as a sex offender.  Poulo had been found guilty following a bench trial on September 30, 2020. According to evidence presented at trial, Poulo interacted with undercover law enforcement officers while using the Kik social media application.  On Kik, Poulo discussed sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl whom he knew an

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Orchid Types Explained – A Mesmerizing Flower

(STL.News) Multiple different orchid types grow throughout the world, and they can be confusing if you don’t consider yourself a gardener.  Since they hail from all parts of the world, they have different career requirements and instructions, so it’s essential to check before purchase.  Orchids are divided into three groups: cool, intermediate, and warm. The Different Orchid Groups While any orchid type will look great in your living room, only a few types of these flowers will thrive outside during spring, summer, or fall. Cool orchids like the Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Miltoniposis, and Odontoglossum only thrive in springtime temperatures and can’t exceed 70°F.  Intermediateorchids like the Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Cambria, and Cattleya can’t exceed75°F while warm orchids like the Vanda Pha...

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The 15 Highest-Scoring NBA Players in History

(STL.News) Basketball is a sport that rewards all-around play, but perhaps the most effective, not to mention the most exciting, way to dominate the competition is through scoring.  The evolution of the sport has brought about a multitude of innovations in the scoring department, but there are few who have truly mastered the art of getting buckets. NBA fans throughout history have been fortunate to witness these scoring machines, which provide the entertainment that the NBA is known for.  These players have not just garnered significant accolades throughout their careers but have also stuffed scoring sheets each night.  In fact, some players on this list are still in the NBA and are on pace to climb even higher in the scoring ranks. These are the 15 highest scorers in the history of the NB...

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Bruneian Foreign Minister

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan Yusof today.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister II Erywan reaffirmed the enduring partnership and cooperation between our nations based on mutual desire for the peace, security, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.  Both emphasized the importance of working together bilaterally and in multilateral fora, especially through Brunei’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year.  Secretary Blinken welcomed Brunei’s ASEAN theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.”  They also discussed ASEAN’s essential role in resolving the crisis in Burma created by the military’s seizure of power, an

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