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Porter County police join in drug probe leading to federal charges against five

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The Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group (MEG) participated in an investigation which led to the filing of federal drug charges against five Gary residents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin were Lamont Coleman, 36, and Katrina Owens, 24; and charged with the distribution of heroin were Leroy Coleman, 55, Tony Petty, 52, and Augustine Pike, 45.

“According to documents in the case, Lamont Coleman and Katrina Owens led a heroin distribution operation out of various properties owned by Lamont Coleman in Gary, Ind.,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Lamont Coleman and Owens provided heroin to various individuals, including Leroy Coleman, Tony Petty, and Augustine Pike, and dispatched them to deliver the heroin to customers. Law enforcement executed search warrants at various properties owned by Lamont Coleman in Gary and recovered various narcotics and three firearms.”

Porter County Chief Deputy Jeff Biggs said, “This operation was in response to the ongoing investigations of the Heroin Overdose Response Project. The Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group will continue to target the drug dealers responsible for overdoses in northwest Indiana.”

“Cooperative partnerships between local, state and federal agencies are essential to reducing the availability of controlled substances in the Northern District of Indiana,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch II said. “My Office, with our partners, will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute these cases.”

“Drug traffickers feed on the addiction of Hoosiers who struggle with drug abuse and contribute to the violence in our communities,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Greg Westfall. “Those who continue to bring this poison into our neighborhoods should know, the DEA is watching and will bring the full force of federal law enforcement to bear.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group.


Posted 8/30/2018




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