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California Man Convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than One Kilogram of Heroin After Jury Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

HAMMOND- Renato Salazar-Lopez, age 37, of San Ysidro, California, was convicted late yesterday, after a one-day jury trial in the Hammond District Court of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio presided over this jury trial.

According to evidence presented at trial, on September 28, 2018, on Interstate 90 near the Portage Toll Plaza, a Hobart police officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Renato Salazar-Lopez.  During a search of the vehicle, police recovered approximately 4.8 kilograms of heroin in the trunk.   

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on February 16, 2021. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Hobart Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath. 



Updated November 3, 2020

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