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Seventeen Northwest Indiana and Illinois residents have been indicted in federal court on heroin trafficking charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

The 17 were indicated on Feb. 17.

Charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with an intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin “in and around Northwest Indiana” between January 2006 and January 2011: Ryan Douglas, 29, Jonathan Lowery, 28, Kelsey Fortner, 22, and Erica Douglas, 22, of Cedar Lake; Myles Ramirez, 25, of Lowell; Brian Kurth, 29, and Matthew Wolark, 28, of Crown Point; John Rogers, 22, of Munster; Andrew Powell, 33, Marcus McCant, 33, Corey Dawson, 30, and Jeff Jones, 29, of Sauk Village, Ill.; and Reginald Jones, 32, of University Park, Ill.

Charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin between September 2009 and January 2011: Amanda Copeland, 24, Michael Hayes, 26, and John Stoltenburg of Cedar Lake; Eldridge Bogan, 28, of Crete, Ill., and Myles Ramirez and Brian Kurth.

Myles Ramirez was also charged with distribution of heroin in or about April 2007.

“These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.






Posted 3/8/2011




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