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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

April 22, 2011                                                                                     PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                    Fax: (219) 852-2770 

 

 

WEEK IN REVIEW - HAMMOND

 

 

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following:

 

    Manuel Morell, 47, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Sentencing has been set for 7/14/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Juan Carlos Torres, 27, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 24 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging him with distribution of marijuana in the case US v Flores et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Laquishea Rogers, 26, of Merrillville, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to counts one and two of an indictment charging her with making false statements on a loan application. Sentencing has been set for 7/13/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Matthew Johnson, 32, of Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to two years of probation with home detention of 6 months, and restitution in the amount of $15,957.00 after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government property. This case was the result of an investigation by the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Thomas Wenzel, 32, of Portage, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 100 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with possession of Pseudoephedrine to manufacture Methamphetamine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration . This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Sean Russell, 31, of Valparaiso, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with the bank robbery of Harris Bank in Valparaiso, and assault with a deadly weapon. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Dereck Gray II, 30, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 3 years probation, during which Gray will serve 6 months of home detention, and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Jeremiah Williams, 30, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to two years probation and home detention of 6 months after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with distribution of cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Michael Cokes, Jr., 21, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with passing counterfeited obligations of the United States, being $100.00 Federal Reserve Notes. Sentencing has been set for 7/14/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

Angel Gonzalez, 23, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 2 years probation, including 8 months of home detention, after pleading guilty to count 24 of an indictment charging him with use of a communications facility to distribute narcotics in the case US v Lopez et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Robyn Fidone, 42, of Kouts, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 1 day (time served) imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release with 6 months of home detention, and 100 hours of community service, after pleading guilty to count one of an Information charging her with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Edmond Coutee, 30, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Coutee has prior felony convictions for arson and possession of cocaine. Sentencing has been set for 7/19/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives . This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Jose Vargas Rodriguez, 38, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 87 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging him with distribution of methamphetamine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Sammy Earl Jones, 27, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 4.5 months, with time imprisonment and years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count of an indictment charging with time considered served, and no supervision to follow after pleading guilty to stealing a Raven RX Recorder worth approximately $9000.00 from the United States. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga. 

 

 

 

            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.