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Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 159 Months in Prison

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

FORT WAYNE – Juan DeLaCruz, age 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

DeLaCruz was sentenced to 159 months in prison, with no supervised release to follow.  DeLaCruz was in the United States illegally, and he will be deported after his prison term.

According to documents in this case, DeLaCruz and two codefendants were distributing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, and DeLaCruz personally possessed three pistols in furtherance of his drug dealing. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the Allen County Drug Task Force; and the Allen County Police Department.  This case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony W. Geller.


Updated August 27, 2019

Drug Trafficking