News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2009
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Conviction of Mexican National for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Weapons Offense Leads to 25 Year Sentence

NOV 25 -- (Indianapolis) Juan Antonio Corona-Gonzalez, 26, Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced to 25 years (300 months) imprisonment yesterday by U.S. District Chief Judge David F. Hamilton. Timothy M. Morrison, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Corona-Gonzalez was sentenced following the trial conviction for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Indianapolis, Indiana, and Chicago, Illinois offices of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Corona-Gonzalez is a Mexican National who was living in Indianapolis and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine for a drug trafficking organization based in Chicago. At the culmination of the DEA investigation in February 2008, Corona-Gonzalez was arrested at a parking lot on Lafayette Road and 46 th Street in Indianapolis. At the time of Corona-Gonzalez’ arrest, he was loading over one-half kilogram of methamphetamine into a hidden compartment of a vehicle parked in the parking lot. When officers arrested Corona-Gonzalez they retrieved a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun from his waistband, as well as numerous fictitious pieces of identification.

"This prison sentence reflects the dangers of methamphetamine distribution in our neighborhoods, especially by drug dealers who carry weapons," stated Stephen A. Luzinski, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's Chicago Field Division, which covers the state of Indiana. "All too often firearms and illegal drugs go hand-in-hand. Handguns offer no protection to drug dealers from DEA’s investigative reach."

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry D. Glickman, who prosecuted the case for the government, Chief Judge Hamilton also imposed five years of supervised release following Corona-Gonzalez’ release from prison. Corona-Gonzalez is subject to deportation upon completion of his prison sentence.