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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Armed heroin dealer sentenced to life imprisonment without parole

Convicted on drug, firearm and money laundering charges

Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today the sentencing of an Indianapolis man after his conviction for armed heroin dealing and money laundering. Daniel L. Stewart, 33, was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence.

“Much of the violence in Indianapolis is the result of armed drug dealing,” said Minkler. “Mr. Stewart will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. This shows how seriously federal law enforcement takes this problem.”

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers stopped Stewart for a traffic violation on the City’s Northside in January, 2015. As a result of that stop, officers recovered a loaded 9mm handgun as well as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. Officers obtained a search warrant for Stewart’s apartment near Eagle Creek and recovered a kilogram (over 2 pounds) of heroin, two kilograms of cocaine, over 900 grams of methamphetamine, five firearms and over $487,000 in cash. The money was bundled in $1,000 and $10,000 increments in various locations at the apartment.

Stewart was not legally permitted to carry a firearm because he has five prior felony convictions for drug crimes dating back to 2002.

“I applaud the efforts of the US Attorney’s Office and our detectives on the successful prosecution of Mr. Stewart,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs. “Arresting and prosecuting armed narcotics traffickers continues to be a priority to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. We will continue our efforts target violent offenders terrorizing our community.”

IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge James Robnett said, “The life sentence of Mr. Stewart sends a loud message that we stand united with the rest of the law enforcement community in our resolve to financially disrupt crimes against our communities.  IRS Criminal Investigation has the financial investigators and expertise critical to locating and following the money.  The streets of Indianapolis and the communities we live in are a top priority!”

Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle P. Brady and Peter Blackett prosecuted this case for the government.

Updated November 29, 2016