Hogsett Announces Sentencing For Heroin Distribution And Illegal Gun Charges
Hogsett continues crackdown on illegal drugs and illegal gun possession
INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced the sentence of Anthony Lomax, 39, Indianapolis, today. Lomax was sentenced to 400 months (over 33 years) in federal prison by District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker.
Lomax was tried by Hogsett’s office in February for twenty criminal counts including conspiring to possess heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and illegal possession of firearms. Lomax, his brother Brandon Lomax and Demond Glover were all found guilty of their involvement in the conspiracy.
“Heroin is a dangerous drug that has ravaged our communities,” said Hogsett. “Putting those who infect our streets with this terrible drug behind bars has been and will continue to be is a top priority of this office.”
“Those who call for longer sentences for the “worst of the worst” have not been paying attention to what the United States Attorney’s Office has been doing for three years as part of our Violent Crime Initiative. Thirty-three years is a long time.”
Lomax’s sentence came after a jury verdict found that he and the other defendants conspired between 2009 and 2012 to distribute kilogram-quantities of heroin in and around the Haughville area of Indianapolis. The trio covered their operations through a shell business, which was discovered by law enforcement investigators.
Heroin use has been on the rise in Indianapolis and other major cities in recent years. As prescription drug addiction and abuse spread across the state and country, users switched to heroin as opioid pills became more expensive and the cost of heroin has dropped.
“The heroin epidemic knows no geographic boundaries and is blind to what tax bracket you happen to be in,” Hogsett said.
According to Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle Brady and Melanie Conour, who prosecuted the case for the government, Lomax will serve 10 years supervised release after his term of imprisonment.