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Activity in Federal Court – Hammond

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 04, 2010
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

Donteh Dwayne Banks, 27, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 24 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute “crack” cocaine in the case U.S. v Kind et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

James DeAndre Smith, 20, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 41months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute “crack” cocaine in the case U.S. v Kind et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

Steven Biggs, 59, of Connecticut Street, Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count fifteen of an indictment charging him with use of a communication facility in conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the case U.S. v Crawford et al. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

Vladimir Debeljak, 32, of Lukes Court, Hobart, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with counterfeiting. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

Amy Magallanos, 31, of Lincoln Avenue, Whiting, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count two of an indictment charging her with distribution of cocaine in the case U.S. v Alvelo et al. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.  

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.