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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton May 18, 2010                                                                                     PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced:

Devon Smith, 23, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced on 5/13/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 66 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (count 1), possession with intent to distribute marijuana (count 2), and possessing a stolen firearm (count 3). This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

Augustin Loera-Torres, 35, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced on 5/13/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 30 months imprisonment a 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to re-entry of a deported alien. Loera-Torres re-entered the United States in 2009 almost immediately after being deported after serving a 30 month prison sentence for dealing cocaine This case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

Mark Friedersdorf, 46, of Macy, Indiana, was sentenced on 5/14/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr.21 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release to after pleading guilty to being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. Police responding to a 911 hang-up at the home of Mark and Becky Friedersdorf found a large number of marijuana plants (ten drying plants and seventy-two growing plants), bagged marijuana, drug-related paraphernalia, and multiple firearms, including two loaded handguns. Becky Friedersdorf was sentenced on 4/12/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 18 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to being an illegal drug user in possession of a firearm. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.