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Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Armed Fentanyl Trafficking

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

INDIANAPOLIS – Bradley Cagle, 27, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

According to court documents, on October 27, 2020, Cagle was driving a car in Indianapolis, when the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) initiated a traffic stop. Officers located a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun on Cagle’s person. Officers also located a baggie containing 7.33 grams of fentanyl in Cagle’s pocket. Two other baggies containing a total of around 22 grams of fentanyl were found in Cagle’s car. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal, depending on a person’s body size, tolerance, and past usage. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

On that same day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Cagle’s home in Indianapolis, and found a baggie containing 22.8 grams of fentanyl, an AK47-style rifle, two handguns, and ammunition.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office made the announcement.

DEA and the IMPD investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon. As part of the sentence, Judge Hanlon ordered that Cagle be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick G. Gibson and Barry A. Glickman who are prosecuting the case.

Updated November 3, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses