Fort Wayne Man Sentenced To 180 Months’ Imprisonment
FORT WAYNE – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Miguel Verduzco Velazquez, 35, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Theresa L. Springmann for possessing with the intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin and illegal reentry into the United States after conviction and removal for an aggravated felony.
Verduzco Velazquez was sentenced to 180 months of imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release.
According to documents filed in the case, on March 17, 2016 Verduzco Velazquez changed his plea to guilty on counts 1 and 2 of the indictment. Count one charged Verduzco with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute heroin in excess of one kilogram and count two charged him with illegal reentry into the United States after conviction and removal for an aggravated felony. The charges stemmed from an ongoing FBI investigation resulting in a traffic stop conducted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department on August 14, 2014. During the stop, a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle that Verduzco Velazquez was driving. Upon the alert, Verduzco Velazquez ran and was apprehended after a short chase. There was approximately a kilogram of heroin found in the vehicle, and Verduzco Velazquez had just delivered another kilogram of heroin to another individual.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
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