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Illinois Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Possession With Intent To Distribute Heroin

HAMMOND- Michael Cruz, 39, of Wheeling, Illinois, was sentenced before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon on his plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Cruz received a sentence of 57 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

According to documents filed in this case, DEA agents used a confidential source to negotiate with Michael Cruz and co-defendant Rigoberto Ortiz-Dominguez, for the purchase of kilograms of heroin on November 16, 2017. Cruz informed the confidential source that a courier would deliver the heroin later that same day. The courier was Ortiz-Dominguez. Hammond Police stopped both Cruz and Ortiz-Dominguez on their way to deliver the heroin. During a search of Ortiz-Dominguez’s car, police found 3.06 kilograms of heroin in a hidden compartment. Co-defendant Ortiz-Dominguez was sentenced to 51 months in prison on July 2018.    

This case was investigated by the DEA Indiana HIDTA Task Force with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath. 

Updated November 6, 2018

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