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FORT WAYNE – Hector I. Mendez, age 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady following his plea of guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mendez was sentenced to 235 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

According to documents presented in this case, on October 19, 2018, Mendez distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, and from August through October of 2018, Mendez distributed methamphetamine on multiple other occasions. 

“Narcotics trafficking hurts the citizens of Fort Wayne,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kristen de Tineo of the Chicago Field Division. “Law enforcement partnerships such as this local, state and federal effort will continue to investigate narcotics trafficking and violent crime plaguing our communities”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), with the assistance of the Indiana State Police, the Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Mission (Texas) Police Department.   The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.

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