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   Derrick Green, 23, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge James Moody to the felon offense of making false statements in the purchase of a firearm. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Ronier Scott, 42, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge John E. Martin to the misdemeanor offense of failure to file a federal tax return.  Magistrate Martin is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation.   This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

  Ø   Christopher Chico, 27, of Blue Island, Illinois, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine.  Sentencing has been set for 2/27/14.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

  Ø   Jerome Robinson, 24, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of distribution of heroin.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter. 

 

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   Brian Cerrillos, 50, of, East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to time served, 2 years of supervised release and restitution of $10,000.00 to Dean Foods after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to transport stolen goods that had a value in excess of $5,000.00.  According to documents filed in this case, in August of 2011, Cerrillos and his brother, Anthony Cerrillos, stole a refrigerated milk trailer from a dairy distributor in Hammond, Indiana. They then traveled to Illinois and sold the milk at different convenience stores for a profit. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hammond Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

 

  Ø   Jimmie Woods, 71, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 50 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.  According to documents filed in this case, Woods was a major supplier of heroin in Gary.  After a controlled purchase of heroin from Woods was arranged, law enforcement performed a traffic stop on Woods, who was arrested.  Heroin was recovered from Woods’ person.  A state search warrant was executed on Wood’s residence which resulted in the recovery of 125 envelopes containing heroin and a firearm.  Woods has been in federal custody since September 2009 and will be given credit for time served. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Indiana State Police.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Julius Solis, 24, of East Chicago, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Briseno et al., was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 192 months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit racketeering activity and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence and drug trafficking crime.  Solis is a member of the Imperial Gangsters, a Chicago-based gang, with factions around the country, including Northwest Indiana and Florida.  According to documents filed in this case, Solis also admitted that he was responsible for the voluntary manslaughter of one individual. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the East Chicago Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.