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.
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.
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.”
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
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.