News Release
Date: January 23, 2012
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Head of Indianapolis Cocaine Distribution Ring Sentenced to 25 Years
Supplied co-conspirators with kilograms of cocaine later converted to crack cocaine

INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Riley, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Chicago Field Division, and Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that Juan Carlos Adame-Hernandez, a/k/a Armando Maldonado-Bernave, age 41, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. Adame-Hernandez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Adame-Hernandez admitted in the plea agreement that he was the leader of a cocaine trafficking organization that operated throughout Indianapolis. Between January 2007 and Adame-Hernandez’ December 15, 2009 arrest, he distributed between four and five kilograms of cocaine per week. One kilogram is 2.2 pounds.

The Adame-Hernandez organization supplied Ramone Mockabee with powder cocaine. Mockabee then converted that powder cocaine into crack cocaine and distributed the crack cocaine from a “crack house” located on West 25 th Street. Adame-Hernandez, Mockabee, and 18 other co-defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2010 on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and related offenses.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, who prosecuted the case for the government, a number of defendants have received significant sentences as a result of this investigation. Those sentences include:

  • Kenneth Jones - life imprisonment
  • Ramone Mockabee – 30 years
  • Devon Young – 30 years
  • Elisha Drake – 20 years
  • Damon Luter – 17 years and 6 months
  • Lonnie Belmar – 16 years and 8 months

The prosecution was the result of an investigation directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force and assisted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Other law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigation included the Internal Revenue Service, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Speedway Police Department, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.