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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

June 25, 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 that the following activity in federal court:

 

Albert Delgado , DOB 1/5/1977, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/23/10 by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 70 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Garjon Collins , DOB 6/18/1969, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on 6/23/10 by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to a total of 108 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and to pay a special assessment of $2,200. Collins pleaded guilty on December 16, 2009 to eleven counts of misusing social security numbers and eleven counts of aggravated identity theft. This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Matteson Police Department, the Cook County Bureau of Vital Records, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Kwasi Mitchell , DOB 7/8/1974, of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/23/10 by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 30 months imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release after pleading guilty to count eight of an indictment charging him with distribution of heroin in the case US v Zitt et al.; and 30 months of imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release, to run concurrently, on count one of an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin in the case US v Kwasi Mitchell. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Porter County Drug Task Force, the Michigan City Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the LaPorte Metro Operations Drug Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Maurice Burks, Jr. , DOB 10/29/1968, of Chicago, Illinois, and formerly of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/24/10 by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 15 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. This case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Brandon Snelling, DOB 5/20/1983, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/23/10 by Judge Rudy Lozano to 78 months imprisonment, followed by 2 years supervised release, after pleading guilty to possessing three firearms as a felon. In January 2010, Snelling entered a Northwest Indiana firearms dealer attempting to sell three firearms, including a 7.62 x 39 millimeter, semi-automatic rifle with an extended magazine capable of holding more than 30 rounds of ammunition, and two semi-automatic pistols. It was determined that one of the firearms had previously been reported stolen, and Snelling was arrested. Snelling has two prior felony convictions for delivery of cocaine, and had two additional pending felony charges at the time of the incident. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Kevin Blue , DOB 6/3 1984, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 6/22/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Blue was previously convicted of pointing a firearm in 2007. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives/HIDTA Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Jay Sampson , DOB 1/1/1970, of Rensellaer, Indiana, plead guilty on 6/24/10 before Senior Judge James Moody to count two of an indictment charging him with using a communication facility, namely a telephone, to facilitate the commission of a felony, namely conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Israel Igartua, Jr., DOB 2/8/1972, of Hobart, Indiana, plead guilty on 6/24/10 before Senior Judge James Moody to counts one and six of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration/HIDTA Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

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.