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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 28, 2014

Federal Grand Jury In South Bend Returns Indictments



South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in South Bend, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on February 13, 2014:

Frederick Dotson, 39, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was charged in a three count Indictment with one count of distribution of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and one count of felon in possession of firearms.These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

Luis Trevino, 34, of South Bend, Indiana, and Javier Trevino, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, were charged in a three count Indictment with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of felon in possession of firearm(s), and one count of possession with intent to distribute Marijuana.These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

Eshar Burks, 26, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged in a two count Indictment with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

Timothy B. Heckaman, 51, of Bremen, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with theft of government money; the unlawful receipt of federal unemployment insurance benefits.Charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the United States Department of Labor – Office of the Inspector General.This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Z. Brook.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Updated April 30, 2015