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Gary Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Prison

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

HAMMOND- Lamont Coleman, 41 years old, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after a jury found him guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin, possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing with intent to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Coleman was sentenced to 240 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, Coleman ran a heroin trafficking operation out of an apartment building that he owned in Gary, Indiana.  He also owned the house next door, with both properties sharing a common courtyard. During the execution of a search warrants, law enforcement located three loaded firearms, heroin, cocaine, and approximately $19,000 in cash from his residences.  Coleman’s sentence was enhanced for his career offender status based on prior felony convictions for manufacturing/delivery of cocaine and aggravated battery.    

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Patrick D. Grindlay, and former Northern District of Indiana Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Chang and Molly Kelley.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated August 3, 2023

Drug Trafficking