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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 1, 2014

Week In Review - Fort Wayne


           Fort Wayne, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

DISPOSITIONS

  • Yohansen Fincher, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment and 1 year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly or intentionally using a communication facility to facilitate a drug offense.  According to documents filed in this case, this investigation resulted from a court approved federal wiretap which led to the identification of individuals involved in drug supply organizations.  Specifically, the interceptions over Fincher’s telephone led to a delivery amount of 450 grams of cocaine.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force comprised of FBI special agents, and officers from the Indiana State Police, Allen County Police Department, and Fort Wayne Police Department.  Fort Wayne Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division and Gant Unit, Allen County Drug Task Force, United States Marshal’s Service, New Haven Police Department, Orange County California Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, San Bernardino County, California Sheriff’s Department, and the Kanas City, Missouri Police Department Drug Interdiction Unit were also law enforcement agencies who assisted with this investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Eddie L. Carlisle, 26, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, officers responded to a party-armed call and while heading to the reported location, officers were advised that a person was in the street firing a gun.  Upon their arrival, officers observed an individual matching Carlisle’s description bend over near the front left tire of a parked vehicle and then stand back up.  Officers believed that Carlisle may have placed something near the vehicle.  Officers found a handgun at the spot where Carlisle had just been seen and he was taken into custody.  The gun had previously been reported stolen.  Carlisle had a prior conviction for the federal offense of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Travon Russell, 22, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, based on a controlled purchase of marijuana by a confidential informant, a warrant was issued for Russell’s residence.  During the search of the residence, firearms, ammunition and controlled substances were located.  After being advised of his Miranda Rights, Russell admitted that the items found in the residence belonged solely to him. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
Updated April 30, 2015