Week in Review—Hammond
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 08, 2013|
HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court:
Richard Jenkins, 39, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 33 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. According to documents filed by the government in this case, law enforcement conducted multiple trash pulls at Jenkins’ residence after receiving a tip regarding drug dealing occurring at the residence. The pulls uncovered evidence indicative of drug packaging material, drug trafficking activity, and drug sales taking place. A search warrant was executed on the residence where law enforcement recovered a knotted plastic bag containing 20 clear plastic bags, each containing crack cocaine, digital scales, a compact disc case containing two razor blades, and a scale with white powder residue confirmed to be cocaine and marijuana. Jenkins admitted that he had been selling crack cocaine for months. 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 Dean Lanter.