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Sinaloa Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison

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

FORT WAYNE –Jose Jesus Lopez-Verduzco, 54 years old, of Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Lopez-Verduzco was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, Lopez-Verduzco was a leader in a drug organization receiving large drug shipments from the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico for distribution in Northeast Indiana.  During the service of a search warrant at a house in Columbia City in August of 2018, agents seized approximately 14 kilograms of cocaine, about 200 pounds of marijuana, and 9 firearms.  

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Fort Wayne Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which consists of the FBI, the Indiana State Police, the Allen County Police Department, and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony W. Geller and Stacey R. Speith.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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 March 12, 2024

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