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Final Defendant Sentenced in Major Federal Gang and Drug Operation on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 04, 2013
  • District of Arizona (602) 514-7500

PHOENIX—On December 2, 2013, approximately 18 months following a large gang and drug sweep on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, the last of over 20 defendants was sentenced in federal district court. Brandon Kasey, 24, of Whiteriver, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 48 months’ imprisonment, with credit for time served, followed by three years of supervised release. A list of related defendants and court numbers is below.

This community impact investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Arizona Safe Streets Task Force. The investigation resulted in the successful federal prosecution of over 20 defendants (listed below) for various charges, including drug trafficking and firearms violations, as well as gang-related assault charges and domestic violence charges. The individual sentences ranged from probation up to 15 years’ imprisonment.


CR #

Eric Altaha

12-8122- PCT-PGR

Steve Ernest Anaya Jr.


Tashina Bonito

12-8137- PCT-NVW

David Boshane

12-8117- PCT-JAT

Ardy Cosay

12-8127- PCT-NVW

Arnold Cosay

12-8116- PCT-PGR

Robert Dayaye

12-8017- PCT-NVW
12-8098- PCT-GMS

Amie Gloshay

12-8121- PCT-JAT

Feather Grimes

12-8139- PCT-GMS

Richard Grimes

12-8139- PCT-GMS

Robert Hinton

12-8098- PCT-GMS

Avalon Holden

12-8120- PCT-NVW

Jamie Johnson

12-8123- PCT-DGC

Renny Johnson

12-8123- PCT-DGC

Brandon Kasey

12-8098- PCT-GMS
12-8129- PCT-FJM

Charles Larzelere

12-8124- PCT-JAT

Dakota Lupe

12-8125- PCT-GMS

Duane Massey

12-8128- PCT-GMS
12-8202- PCT-GMS

Marcelena Minjarez

12-8126- PCT-DGC

Thomas Pacheco

12-8118- PCT-DGC

Estiven Quintana

12-8098- PCT-GMS
12-8115- PCT-GMS
12-8035- PCT-GMS

Chad Tessay

12-8110- PCT-JAT

Garrett Thompson

12-8189- PCT-GMS


The investigation resulted in the seizure of a number of vehicles; in excess of $100,000 in cash; over 100 firearms, mostly military style weapons; and the dismantling of Whiteriver’s most organized street gang, the Diamond Creek Boyz.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received substantial assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety; the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Flagstaff Police Department.

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