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Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Possessing With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

FORT WAYNE – Nathan Wilkes, age 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty upon his plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tina Nommay.

Wilkes was sentenced to 211 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, while conducting a narcotics investigation, Fort Wayne Police detectives observed Wilkes driving a Jeep.  When officers attempted to stop Wilkes, he attempted to flee.  Wilkes was apprehended after a short pursuit.  While searching the Jeep, officers located 165 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and a loaded handgun.   Wilkes has previous convictions dealing cocaine and for handgun offenses.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith. 


Updated September 30, 2021

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