United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Hammond Lafayette South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
January 28 , 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:
Jay Anderson, 48, of Flora, Indiana, was arrested on 1/21/10 following being indicted in a three-count felony indictment with making materially false statements in purchasing a firearm from a firearms dealer, and being a felon in possession of six different firearms from November through December 2009. Anderson has a prior felony conviction for burglary and a prior misdemeanor conviction for child molestation. Anderson has been released on bond pending his arraignment. This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and Flora, Indiana Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.
Christopher L. Laraneta, 39, of Lafayette, Indiana, was arrested on 1/21/10 following being indicted for transportation of child pornography. This case is being investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Lafayette Police Department, and the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull Harris.
Jason Haddock, 30, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was arrested 1/20/10 following being indicted on four counts of possession or pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the listed chemical would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.
Manual Martinez III, 24, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced on 1/27/10 to 15 months imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of two semi-automatic pistols. After Martinez sold marijuana to a confidential informant from an East Chicago residence in July 2009, a search warrant was executed and recovered two firearms, ammunition, and a small amount of cocaine and marijuana from a room in which Martinez was staying. Martinez has a prior felony conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor and was on parole at the time of the offense. Martinez has been in custody since his arrest in July 2009. This case was investigated by the ATF/HIDTA Task Force and the East Chicago Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.
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.