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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014

Week In Review – South Bend



South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

PLEAS (before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein:)

Brian Baker, 23, of South Bend, Indiana, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offenses of possessing heroin with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sentencing has been set for 6/26/2014.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Robert D. Carrico, 29, of South Bend, Indiana, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offenses of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in furtherance of federal drug trafficking crimes. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sentencing has been set for 6/25/2014.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

DISPOSITION( before District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.)

Abraham DeLuna-Esparza, 39, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment to be served concurrently with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony andto possessing cocaine/marijuana with intent to distribute.According to documents filed in this case, DeLuna was arrested in March 2010 for the possession of approximately 15 pounds of marijuana.He was convicted sentenced to 3 months incarceration.DeLuna was then turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for removal from the United States because he was a citizen of Mexico.DeLuna was formally removed to Mexico in June 2010 through Laredo, Texas.At no time thereafter was Deluna given any permission to lawfully re-enter the United States.In December 2013, Deluna was found at his residence in South Bend, Indiana.Agents and police searched the home and recovered a loaded Ruger 9 mm handgun, 47 pounds marijuana, and 493.3 grams of cocaine (powder).This case was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the South Bend Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Updated April 30, 2015