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 23, 2011 PHONE: (219) 937-5500
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN FEDERAL COURT
Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following:
Brandon Christopher Lee, 33, and Kristy Saffa, 24, both of Hobart, Indiana; Krystal Lee, 32, of Clinton, Indiana; Shane Howard, 28, of Rensselaer, Indiana; and Jason Burkhart, 34, of Fulton County, Missouri, were charged by an indictment unsealed on 6/22/11 with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
Lee was also charged with Possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine producing equipment and Maintaining a meth lab.
Saffa was also charged with 2 counts of possession of pseudoephedrine, possession of methamphetamine producing equipment, and maintaining a meth lab.
Krystal Lee, Howard and Burkhart were also charged with possession of pseudoephedrine, a listed chemical to manufacture methamphetamine.
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be 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.