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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

20 Gary Individuals Indicted On Federal Drug Conspiracy

4 Firearms Recovered

HAMMOND - Acting United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson announced federal drug conspiracy charges against 20 individuals all residing in Gary, Indiana. Named in the indictment are:

 

    • Antonio Walton, a/k/a “Buck”, age 40 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Yahtzee Harris, a/k/a “Black”, age 38 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of being a felon in possession of a firearm

      • 1 count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime

      • 5 counts of distribution of crack cocaine

    • Claude Tate, age 49 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 2 counts of distribution of crack cocaine

    • Dujuana Dubose, age 44 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine

    • John Tyson, age 55 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine

    • Kevin Hatter, age 28 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of distribution of crack cocaine

    • Christopher Green, a/k/a “Unc”, age 43 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of being a felon in possession of a firearm

      • 1 count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime

    • Telisha French, a/k/a “TiTi”, age 43 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Keana Porter, age 33 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime

    • Janice Walton, age 66 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

    • Ben Hickman, Jr, age 46 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

    • Charles Gould, a/k/a “Mooney”, age 34 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Courtney Crouch, age 23 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • David Mackey, age 43 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Emmanuel French, a/k/a “E”, age 30 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Leroy Elmore, age 64 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Richard Smith, age 45 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Robert Blue, age 51 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

    • Rosalind Cherry, age 62 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

      • 1 count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

    • Termaine Ervin, age 33 was charged with:

      • 1 count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

 

According to documents in this case, the above individuals were charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. In addition to the conspiracy charges, some were charged with a substantive charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and firearms violations. Four firearms were seized as a result of these arrests. This indictment is part of the ongoing effort by local and federal law enforcement to remove criminal organizations from the streets of northwest Indiana.

 

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.

 

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.

 

This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gang Response Investigative Team with the assistance of Gary and Hobart Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas R. Mahoney.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 27, 2017