United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana  46320

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne

 
 

 


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WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

 

            Hammond, Indiana - The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Tenando Osborne, 39, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Sentencing has been set for 10/30/13.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gary Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

  Ø   Antonio DuPree Collins, 37, of Merrillville, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

  Ø   Brian Washington, 26, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offenses of distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

 

DISPOSITIONS:

 

  Ø   Gabriel Jalomos, 25, of Chicago, Illinois a defendant in the case US v Vargas et al., was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 240 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, and in a separate matter, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and marijuana, and the robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Hammond, Indiana.  According to the indictment charging racketeering, Jalomos is a member of the Latin Kings, which is a nationwide gang that originated in Chicago and has branched out throughout the United States, including to Texas. The indictment also alleged that the Latin Kings gang was responsible for at least 19 murders in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area and Big Spring, Texas. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations; the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center; the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Chicago Police Department; the East Chicago Police Department; the Griffith Police Department; the Hammond Police Department; the Highland Police Department; and the Houston Police Department.  The investigation of the Chicago Police Department officers was conducted by Chicago City Public Corruption Task Force, a Chicago Police Department- Internal Affairs and FBI - Chicago law enforcement initiative.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Nozick, and Joseph A. Cooley, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice - Organized Crime and Gang Section.

 

  Ø   Bradley Jefferson, 24, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry to 6 months of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a weapon within a National Park.  This case was the result of an investigation by the National Park Service-Indiana Dunes.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

  Ø   Cortez Humphrey, 38, of University Park, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 168 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Humphrey was charged along with eight others with participation in a heroin ring.  Humphrey admitted to being a mid-level supplier of heroin and to regularly fronting heroin to co-conspirators, who paid him after selling the heroin to others in and around the Newton County area.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Chang-Adiga and Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

  Ø   Willie G. Flowers, 32, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 46 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, East Chicago Police Department Officers saw Flowers, who was walking towards them, place an item near a garbage dumpster. That item was recovered and found to be a .38 caliber revolver loaded with six (6) rounds of ammunition.  Flowers has prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine and battery on a police officer.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Chicago Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

  Ø   Shawn Pitts, 42, of McKinney, Texas, a former East Chicago Police Officer from 1997 to 2011, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 8 months of home detention and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of mail fraud.  Pitts was caught “double-dipping”.  Pitts would claim to be working two jobs at the same time on many days. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.