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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

December 15, 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:

 

Angel Reyes-Palacios, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 46 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with re-entry of a deported alien. This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, the Chesterton Police, the Burns Harbor Police, the Porter County Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Brion Harris, 27, of the 500 block of Clinton Street, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 21 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an information charging him with possessing a firearm made in violation of the provisions of the National Firearms Act, namely: a shotgun having a barrel of less than 18 inches in length. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Michael Silvas, 28, of the 8000 block of Diane Dr., Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force, and the Illiana Gang Task Force, which was represented by members of the Chicago Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Joseph Maria, 30, of the 414 165th Street, Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 72 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force, and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Antquane Thomas, 24, of the 1000 block of East 51st Place, Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count two of an indictment charging him with receiving a firearm while under felony information. Sentencing has been set for 3/8/2011. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the Lake County Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Juan Arteaga, 30, of Los Angeles, California, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Sentencing has been set for 3/17/2011. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Tiffany Nelson, 24, of the 6600 block of Lighthouse Dr., Portage, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging her with bank fraud and aiding and abetting while an employee of the Fifth Third Bank. Sentencing has been set for 3/8/2011. Sentencing has been set for 3/17/2011. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.   

 

 

            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.