U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
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July 11, 2014

Week in Review—Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

DISPOSITIONS

  • Christopher M. Salas, 41, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to two years’ probation concurrently on both counts of conviction after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. According to documents filed in this case, on April 12, 2011, law enforcement served a search warrant at Salas’ residence. During the search, firearms and cocaine were discovered in the bedroom. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of FBI agents and officers from the Indiana State Police, Allen County Police Department, and Fort Wayne Police Department. The Fort Wayne Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division and the Allen County Drug Task Force assisted with this investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Ben B. Fisher, 38, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment with time served and one year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of using a telephone to facilitate a drug felony to include conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. According to documents filed in this case, this investigation progressed with a spinoff wiretaps through two different supply chains. Interceptions over Fisher’s telephone led to an immediate supplier. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, which is comprised of FBI agents and officers from the Indiana State Police, Allen County Police Department, and the Fort Wayne Police Department. A number of law enforcement agencies also assisted with this investigation, including the Fort Wayne Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division and Gang Unit, the Allen County Drug Task Force, United States Marshals Service, New Haven Police Department, Orange County California Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, San Bernardino County California Sheriff’s Department, and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Drug Interdiction Unit. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Geller.
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