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Southern District of Indiana

Friday, August 19, 2016

Indianapolis man found guilty in federal court on drug, firearm and money laundering charges

IMPD found guns, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and over $480,000 in cash at his apartment

Indianapolis - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today the guilty verdict of an Indianapolis man on six counts related to armed drug dealing and money laundering. Daniel L. Stewart 33, was found guilty after a five day jury trial before U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence.

“Much of the violence in Indianapolis is the result of armed drug dealing,” said Minkler. “Those who commit crimes using firearms and illegally possess them will face the harshest penalties available in federal court.”

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, 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 is not legally permitted to carry a firearm because he has four 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, along with our federal, state and local partners, will continue to investigate and prosecute Mr. Stewart and other offenders to keep the communities in which we live a safer place,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge James Robnett.  “IRS CI has the financial investigators and expertise that is critical to locating and following the money which is a key component of the Stewart conviction and keeping violence off our streets.”

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle P. Brady and Peter Blackett, who prosecuted this case for the government, Stewart faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life without parole at sentencing.  


Stewart remains in the custody of the US Marshal Service.  No sentencing date has been set.

Updated August 19, 2016