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East Chicago Man Sentenced

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Possession With Intent To Distribute Crack And Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of A Drug Trafficking Crime

HAMMOND –United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Jeffery Sims, 58, of East Chicago, IN, was sentenced on December 5, 2017 by District Court Judge James T. Moody for possession with intent to distribute crack and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.


Sims was sentenced to 106 months imprisonment which consisted of consecutive sentences of 46 months for Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and 60 months for the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Sims was also sentenced to 2 years of supervised release. 


According to documents filed in this case, the DEA intercepted texts and calls between Sims and his supplier during an investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating out of East Chicago.  Utilizing code language, Sims would order crack cocaine from his supplier on a regular basis for delivery to customers on behalf of the drug trafficking organization.  Law enforcement approached Sims after one of the communications with his supplier and arrested him after finding him in possession of crack cocaine and a firearm. 


This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with the East Chicago Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.



Updated December 6, 2017

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