United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
August 6, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5500
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND
Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:
Jose Vargas Rodriguez, 38, and Gabriel Guerrero Corona, 35, both of Lafayette, Indiana, were charged in an indictment returned on August 5, 2010 with drug trafficking. Rodriquez was charged with 4 counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Corona was charged with 3 counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and 2 counts of distribution of cocaine. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.
Oscar DeLeon, 55, of Crestwood, Illinois, Ronald Zastro, 40, of Chicago, Illinois, Jeffery Dyckman, 43, and Mario Esposito, 50, both of Burbank, Illinois, were each charged in an indictment returned August 5, 2010, with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.
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.
The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.