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 Hatton

May 10, 2013                                                                                      DESK: (219) 937-5603

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   CELL: (219) 314-9993







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





  Ø   Ivan Quiroz, 32, of Posen, Illinois, a defendant in the case US v Vargas et al., was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy to 25 years imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering activity, one count of narcotics conspiracy, two counts of murder in aid of racketeering activity, and two counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center (GangTECC); the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Chicago Police Department; the Griffith Police Department; the Hammond Police Department; the Highland Police Department; the Lake County, Indiana, HIDTA and the Houston, Texas Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Cooley of the Department of Justice Criminal Division, Gang Unit, and Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.