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3 indicted on federal firearms and drug charges

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U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch is announcing the return of a 14-count indictment against three Northwest Indiana residents that includes charges on conspiracy to straw purchase firearms, distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine, and the possession of firearms by felons.

“According to documents in this case, Aaron Baxter, 30, of Michigan City, Joseph Taylor, 34, of Gary, and Susanne Tincher, 36, of Michigan City, are all charged with a conspiracy to purchase firearms from a federal firearms licensee through misrepresentation,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said. “In this case Suzanne Tincher made at least four firearm purchases during the conspiracy knowing that she was purchasing the firearms for persons who could not purchase the firearms themselves. The indictment also includes one alleged straw purchase where, on the same day that Tincher purchased firearms from a store, Taylor, a convicted felon, sold two of those firearms to undercover officers under the direction of Baxter.”

“The indictment alleges that Baxter and Taylor were also dealing in highly pure methamphetamine and that Taylor was dealing in cocaine,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In the indictment both Taylor and Baxter face additional counts of being felons in possession of firearms.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with assistance from the Michigan City Police Department and the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


Posted 10/19/2018




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