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
October 7, 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 October 6, 2010:
Juan Arteaga, 30, of Los Angeles, California, was charged by a one count indictment with intentionally possessing with intent to distribute five hundred (500) grams or more of cocaine. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.
David Cervantes-Hernandez, 50, of Chicago, Illinois, was charged by indictment with one count of possession with the intent to distribute five-hundred (500) grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of eluding examination and inspection by immigration officers from the United States Department of Homeland Security. This case was investigated by the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.
James Costello, 32, of the 6800 block of Idaho, Hammond, Indiana was charged by a seven count indictment with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of being a drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of possession of cocaine in a can, and one count of possession of cocaine in pants. Costello has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and the Hammond Police Department. This case is being 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.