HAMMOND- Lamont Coleman, age 39, of Gary, Indiana, was convicted after a jury trial in the Hammond District Court of conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possessing a firearm as a felon, announced Acting United States Attorney Bell.
U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio presided over this three-day jury trial.
The evidence at trial showed that from November 2017 and continuing into 2018, Coleman conspired with other individuals in Gary, Indiana, to distribute heroin from a property owned by him in the 4100 block of Madison Street in Gary. On August 28, 2018, law enforcement executed search warrants on multiple properties associated with Coleman and recovered heroin, three firearms including a loaded firearm under the mattress of Coleman’s bed, and approximately $20,000 in cash.
According to documents in the case, Coleman has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 2012 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Four other members of the conspiracy have been convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin in this case.
Coleman’s sentencing is set for August 12, 2021.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Porter County Drug Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Chang and Molly Kelley.