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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

May 19, 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 indictments were returned on May 19, 2010:

 

Ricky Biggs, Jr.34, of Gary, Indiana, was charged by indictment with one count of possession with the intent to distribute five (5) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack” cocaine; one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a hi-Point semi-automatic handgun, model CF380acp, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Grit Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Armando Vera, 54, of East Chicago, Indiana was charged by indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Hi Point Model CF380 .380 caliber pistol; and one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Vera was previously convicted of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in District Court in the District of Arizona, and voting in another precinct, in Superior Court in Lake County, Indiana. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the East Chicago Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Jesse Flores, 25, of Munster, Indiana, was charged by indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Colt Officers ACP .45 caliber pistol; and a Ruger Blackhawk .45 caliber revolver; and a Pro-mag drum magazine with ammunition, an extended magazine with ammunition, and a clear plastic baggie containing assorted rounds of ammunition; and one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Flores was previously convicted of carrying a handgun without a license in Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

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.