Indiana Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Drug, Firearm Offenses
HAMMOND, Ind. - Alfred A. Cooke, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Merrillville, Indiana, and U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson for the Northern District of Indiana announced that Lamont Coleman, 41, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after a jury found him guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin, possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing with intent to distribute heroin.
Coleman was sentenced to 240 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, Coleman ran a heroin trafficking operation out of an apartment building that he owned in Gary, Indiana. He also owned the house next door, with both properties sharing a common courtyard. During the execution of a search warrants, law enforcement located three loaded firearms, heroin, cocaine, and approximately $19,000 in cash from his residences. Coleman’s sentence was enhanced for his career offender status based on prior felony convictions for manufacturing/delivery of cocaine and aggravated battery.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Grindlay, and former Northern District of Indiana Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Chang and Molly Kelley.