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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 27, 2012 Michael E. Sharboneau, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Affairs Officer
Western District of Texas – El Paso Division
(915) 534-6779
Operation Sandstorm II Results in 181 Felony Arrests

LSFTF LogoEl Paso, TX– The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force concluded a week long operation that resulted in the arrests of 181 federal and state felony fugitives. Operation Sandstorm II targeted approximately 300 individuals with outstanding felony warrants. As of 8:00 AM this morning the arrests of the 181 subjects resulted in the clearance of 335 warrants. Operation Sandstorm was comprised of over 80 law enforcement officers from 11 different agencies.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated “Today we celebrate the culmination of Operation Sandstorm II and the outstanding partnership of local, state, and federal law enforcement. The residents of the El Paso area should feel comforted by the tremendous work and commitment shown in this week’s collaborative effort. The Marshals Service is proud to work with these dedicated men and woman and we will continue to track down and arrest fugitives on a daily basis.”

This morning Operation Sandstorm II personnel arrested Jorge Rios, 44 years old, who was charged with Misapplication of Fiduciary/Financial Property of Elderly over $1,500/under $20,000. Rios was selling burial plots which do not exist to elderly persons. James Roy Nolan, 26 years old, and his brother, Jacob Andrew Nolan, 20 years old, were both arrested for 7 counts of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (handgun). The Nolan brothers had recently been involved with a gang related drive-by shooting.

Significant arrests for this week include: the three subjects that had outstanding warrants in connection with the April 18, 2012, stabbing at Marco Polo Dive Bar located in the 2700 block of N. Mesa in El Paso, Texas; Gilbert Politz, 24 years old, charge: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Criminal Attempt Murder, Luis Julian Maldonado, 22 years old, charge: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Criminal Attempt Murder, and Martin Robledo, 23 years old, charge: Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Criminal Attempt Murder. Hector Benavente, 24 years old, charges: Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact, Aggravated Assault Causing Bodily Injury and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Mischief, Daniel Peter Navarrete, 31 years old, charge: Probation Violation with an original charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Alejandro Saenz, 29 years old, charge: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Marisol Delagado, 20 years old, charge: Probation Violation with an original charge of Importing and Possession of Marijuana, Kevin Kirk, 29 years old, charge: Possession of Marijuana Over 4 ounces Under 5 pounds and Mario Rodriguez, 23 years old, charge: Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Ecstasy) Over 1 gram Under 4 grams were also arrested this week. This is just a sampling of the nearly 200 felons that were arrested this week which resulted in the clearance of 335 warrants.

Breakdown of warrants cleared and seizures for Operation Sandstorm II:

  • 78 warrants cleared for violent offenses
  • 94 warrants cleared for drug offenses
  • 14 warrants cleared for sex offenses
  • 149 warrants cleared for other felony offense
  • 2 hand guns seized
  • 1 seizure of dealer quantities of marijuana
  • 1 seizure of dealer quantities of ecstasy

Participating in Operation Sandstorm II were: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Department, El Paso District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol and the United States Marshals Service.

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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