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Repeat Felon Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Fentanyl Trafficking

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

INDIANAPOLIS – Nyron Harmon, 31, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on January 29, 2021, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) were investigating Harmon due to outstanding warrants. Officers found Harmon at his residence in Indianapolis. Harmon was seen carrying a box from his residence, entering the passenger seat of a vehicle, and driving away. Officers stopped the vehicle and Harmon was arrested for his outstanding warrants. A loaded .40 caliber handgun was found on the seat where Harmon was sitting. The handgun was previously reported stolen.

An ISP K9 alerted to narcotics near the front passenger door of the vehicle where Harmon was sitting. The vehicle was searched, and the box Harmon was seen carrying from his residence was found on the front passenger floorboard. The box contained 200 grams of fentanyl, approximately 27 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packing materials for drug distribution, and another stolen, loaded handgun. Harmon also had over $2,000 in U.S. currency on his person. 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.

Following Harmon’s arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence. Officers found numerous bags of suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, cutting agents, blenders being used for drug distribution, digital scales, packaging materials, a disassembled .38 special revolver, firearm magazines, and ammunition.

Harmon has three prior felony convictions for drug and firearm offenses and four misdemeanor convictions. Harmon accumulated some of these convictions while serving probation for prior offenses. Harmon is prohibited from possessing firearms by federal law due to his previous felony convictions. 

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with IMPD and ISP. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney II. As part of the sentence, Judge Sweeney ordered that Harmon be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for four years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela S. Domash who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 27, 2022

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