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Submitted at 10:12 AM August 5, 2011
The U.S. Attorney’s Office SouthernDistrict of Texas on August 4, 2011released the following:“Former Laredo Police Officer Sentencedto Prison for Drug TraffickingLAREDO, Texas – Former Laredo PoliceDepartment (LPD) officer Pedro MartinezIII was sentenced to prison today bySenior U.S. District Judge George P.Kazen for conspiracy to possess withintent to distribute cocaine, United StatesAttorney José Angel Moreno announcedtoday.Charged along with co-conspiratorGuillermo Villarreal of conspiring topossess with intent to distribute more thanfive kilograms of cocaine, Martinez, 34,of Laredo, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17,2010, to that offense and also toconspiring with former LPD officer,Orlando Jesus Hale, to accept bribes toescort cocaine-loaded vehicles throughLaredo. Today, Judge Kazen sentencedMartinez to 78 months in federal prison tobe followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.At the time of his guilty plea, Martinezadmitted that he introduced Villarreal,who he knew was engaged in traffickingcocaine, to another person for Villarreal towork out arrangements to store cocaine atthe person’s residence. The residence waslocated near Villarreal’s residence andfacilitated his cocaine traffickingactivities. Villarreal made several sales of cocaine to undercover officers. Each time,Villarreal retrieved the cocaine from thestorage facility owned by the person towhom Martinez had introduced him. OnSept. 29, 2009, investigating agentsexecuted a warrant at the person’sresidence located near Villarreal’sresidence and seized approximately threekilograms of cocaine, a metal press usedto press cocaine into kilogram-size bricksplus other narcotics traffickingparaphernalia such as scales, a blenderand plastic wrap. Villarreal, who has alsopleaded guilty to the drug conspiracycharge, is pending sentencing.Martinez also admitted conspiring withformer LPD officer Hale to escort cocaine-loaded vehicles through Laredo. Theofficers used their police-issued radios tomonitor LPD dispatch traffic during theescort. In 2008, Martinez met with an FBIundercover employee (UCE) and agreedto and did escort two vehicle – on Oct. 15,2008, and again on Nov. 13, 2008, – thathe believed contained approximately 20kilograms of actual cocaine. Hale wasinvolved in escorting the loaded vehicle inNovember. During each escort, Martinezactually escorted a “sham” load of cocainefrom south Zapata Highway to northLaredo. For each escort, Martinez waspaid $1,000 by an FBI UCE. Hale wascharged separately for his role in thisconspiracy and convicted in September2010 by a jury’s verdict following a six-day trial of conspiracy to possess withintent to distribute cocaine and carrying afirearm during and in relation to a drugtrafficking offense. He was sentenced onApril 19, 2011, to a total of 295 months infederal prison without parole and fined$1000.Martinez has been permitted to remain onbond pending the issuance of a courtorder to surrender to a Bureau of Prisonsfacility to be designated in the near futurewhere he will serve his sentence.The investigation leading to the chargesand ultimately the conviction of Martinezand the others was conducted by the FBI,Drug Enforcement Administration, theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearmsand Explosives and Homeland SecurityInvestigations with the cooperation of theLaredo Police Department. FormerAssistant United States Attorney SamuelSheldon and Assistant U.S. AttorneysRoberto F. Ramirez and James McAlisterprosecuted the case.”To find additional federal criminal news,please readFederal Criminal Defense
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Submitted at 7:51 AM August 5, 2011
Around the globe today, criminals areseeking to exploit the lack of transparencyassociated with U.S. companies to harmour national and economic security. Majordrug trafficking cartels, arms traffickersand other criminal organizations haveemployed shell corporations to furthertheir illegal activities and launder their ill-gotten proceeds. The Department of Justice joins our partners at [...]
Submitted at 12:33 PM August 5, 2011
Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez,former executives of TerraTelecommunications Corp., have beenconvicted by a federal jury for their rolesin a scheme to pay bribes to Haitiangovernment officials atTelecommunications D’Haiti S.A.M.
Submitted at 2:45 PM August 5, 2011
A federal jury today convicted fiveofficers from the New Orleans PoliceDepartment on 25 counts in connectionwith the federal prosecution of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridgein the days after Hurricane Katrina and anextensive cover-up of those shootings.
Submitted at 10:15 AM August 5, 2011
The United States has filed a lawsuitseeking to stop Lakeisha Pearson frompreparing federal tax returns for others.
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