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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

Friday, December 8, 2017

Merrillville Man Sentenced

For Possession With Intent To Distribute A Controlled Substance

HAMMOND –United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Javon Kennedy, 43, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced on December 7, 2017 by District Court Senior Judge James T. Moody for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.


Kennedy was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release. 


According to documents filed in this case, on January 24, 2017, defendant was stopped for speeding in Hobart, Indiana. As the officer approached defendant’s car he noticed defendant’s breathing was heavy and his hands were shaking. Defendant retrieved his driver’s license, registration and insurance from the glove box. The officer noticed a white powdery residue near the center cup holder and asked defendant and his passenger if there was anything illegal in the car.  Kennedy pointed to his female passenger stating “She has it." Officers recovered 25 grams of cocaine from defendant and the passenger.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT in cooperation with the Hobart Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Mahoney.


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Drug Trafficking
Updated December 8, 2017