Wyoming Federal Judges Sentence Six Men For Drug, Firearms Crimes
Wyoming federal judges recently sentenced six men for drug, illegal alien, child pornography and firearms crimes, according to a news release from the Wyoming U.S. Attorney's Office.
Victor Valenzuela, 43, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and for conspiracy to launder money. Valenzuela was arrested in Lubbock, Texas. He received 15 years of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and a $500 fine. Valenzuela is subject to deportation upon release from custody.
This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces joint investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. This investigation resulted in the identification, prosecution and conviction of state defendants and 14 federal defendants on methamphetamine charges.
Dennis Francis Boyle, 54, of Davis, Calif., was sentenced by Skavdahl for production of child pornography. Boyle was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo. He received 13 years eight months of imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of supervised release, Boyle was ordered to pay a $5,000 assessment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and a $200 special assessment.
The Department of Homeland Security investigated this case.
Skavdahl also sentenced James Edward Knight, II, 42, of Casper for tax evasion. Knight received three months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and $374,970 in restitution.
The Internal Revenue Service investigated this case.
Jessie Patrick Sicocan, 22, of Cheyenne was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson for possession of unregistered firearms. He received two-and-a-half years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $200 fine.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case.
Eduardo Aguilar, 27, of La Puente, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal for conspiracy to distribute heroin. Aguilar was arrested in Cheyenne. He received five years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $400 fine.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the DCI investigated this case.
Freudenthal also sentenced Paulo Cesar Rodriguez-Lopez, 42, of Jalisco, Mexico, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Rodriguez-Lopez was arrested in Sweetwater County. He received one year and one day of imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody.
The Office of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated this case.