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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Violent Indianapolis Heroin Dealer Sentenced To Life Without Parole

Third defendant in drug gang given lengthy sentence

INDIANAPOLIS – Acting United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler today announced the sentencing of Brandon Lomax, 37, Indianapolis, to life in federal prison without parole. Lomax was the leader of a heavily armed drug trafficking organization that operated in the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis. The sentence was imposed by District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker.

Lomax and two others were convicted in February of twenty criminal counts including conspiring to possess heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and illegal possession of firearms. Lomax, his cousin Anthony Lomax 39, and Demond Glover, 35, were all found guilty of their involvement in the conspiracy. Anthony Lomax was sentenced to 400 months (over 33 years) and Glover 330 months (over 27 years) earlier this year.

“Violent armed drug dealers have ravaged our communities, and heroin has become their drug of choice,” said Minkler. “Putting those who infect our streets with this terrible drug behind bars is a top priority of this office, and this sentence should send a strong message that the United States Attorney’s Office will end your drug dealing career permanently.”

Lomax’s sentence came after a jury verdict found that the 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 trafficked hundreds of pounds of heroin from the Chicago area to Indianapolis. They sold most of their drugs on the near-Westside of Indianapolis. Between them, they represent 13 felony convictions dating back to 1997.

Heroin use and overdose deaths are 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.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle Brady and Melanie Conour, who prosecuted the case for the government, Anthony Lomax and Glover will both serve 10 years of supervised release after their sentence.

Updated January 26, 2015