News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Indiana Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced

MAY 13 -- (Indianapolis) – Edward N. Schafer, 29, Silver Lake, Indiana, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment late yesterday by U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney. The sentencing follows Schafer’s guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine. The case was the result of a month-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, and Vincennes Police Department.

On August 17, 2007, Schafer delivered approximately one pound of methamphetamine to a DEA informant at a fast food restaurant along Highway 41 in Westfield, Indiana. Schafer had previously come under law enforcement scrutiny during a 2002 DEA investigation into the Diablos Motorcycle Gang. The Diablos were responsible for distributing approximately 600 pounds methamphetamine in western Indiana from February 2001 through June 26, 2002. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Blackington who prosecuted the case, Schafer had been identified in the Diablos investigation as a secondary source of methamphetamine for the drug organization.

“The distribution of methamphetamine is the distribution of poison,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, DEA’s Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division. “Mr. Schafer’s prosecution and sentencing is evidence of a successful drug law enforcement partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA, the Indiana State Police and Vincennes Police Department. We are all committed to cleaning out the poison in our communities.”

Judge McKinney also imposed five years supervised release following Schafer’s release from imprisonment. During the period of supervised release, Schafer will be subjected to random urinalysis and random searches of his person, vehicle, and residence.

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