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
January 14, 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:
Dana Lee Williams, 31, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced on 1/13/10 by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 60 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. An officer with the Merrillville Police Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle for improperly displaying a license plate and for failure to use a turn signal when changing lanes. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was later identified as the defendant, Dana Lee Williams. Williams gave the officer permission to search his vehicle. While searching the vehicle, the officer became aware that Williams had an active warrant for his arrest for failure to appeal. The officer conducted a pat down on Williams and recovered $2,087.00 dollars from his pants pocket. During a search of the driver’s side of the vehicle, an officer recovered 3 plastic bags from a small opening in the ceiling of the vehicle. One plastic bag contained forty (40) bags each containing a crack cocaine packaged in a manner consistent with intent to distribute. Williams was previously convicted of Robbery in 2000 in Lake County, Indiana. Williams will also forfeit Two thousand and eighty-seven dollars ($2,087) that was seized during the traffic stop. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
Joshua Toodle, 32, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced on 1/13/10 by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit; a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Toodle was convicted of possession of cocaine, in April, 1998, in the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana; and of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, in December, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and the Merrillville Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
Kimberly Nichols, 42, of Wheatfield, Indiana, plead guilty on 1/13/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to obtaining Hydrocodone Bitartrate by misrepresentation and fraud. Nichols admitted that she used her position as an employee at the office of a doctor licensed to prescribe schedule II-V controlled substances, to phone in prescriptions in her name and the names of other’s without authorization from the physician. Sentencing has been set for April 9, 2010. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and the Tippecanoe Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.
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.