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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

East Chicago Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison

HAMMOND- Jose “Zay” Santiago , 40, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen on his plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Santiago was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.  According to documents in this case, in the fall of 2016, Santiago along with co-conspirators were involved in a drug trafficking organization in East

Chicago.  Santiago was an integral part of the conspiracy and assisted Deandrea “Shorty Black” Davis in procuring the kilograms of cocaine that kept a 24/7 drug operation going in the heart of East Chicago. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Lake County HIDTA Group and the East Chicago Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath. 


Drug Trafficking
Updated June 20, 2018