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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 23, 2018
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

9 Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine

Four Individuals Charged With 2 Murders Related To Narcotics Conspiracy

HAMMOND - The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced the return of a 19-count indictment against 9 individuals for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other offenses. 

 

According to the Indictment, the following individuals were charged as follows:

  • Teddia Caldwell a/k/a Teddy, 42, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 2, 3, 4, 5, 16, 17- Distribution of Crack Cocaine
    • Count 6, 9-Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Heroin
    • Count 10-Distribution of Heroin
    • Count 11-Felon in Possession of A Firearm
    • Count 12, 13-Possesion of A Firearm in Furtherance of A Drug Trafficking Crime
    • Count 18-Murder of Akeem Oliver While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy
    • Count 19-Murder of Kevin Hood While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy
  • Victor Young a/k/a Vic, 44, of Calumet City, Illinois
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 6-Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Heroin
  • Cornell Allen a/k/a Knuckles, 39, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 2- Distribution of Crack Cocaine
  • Devonte Hodge, 26, of Gary Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 18-Murder of Akeem Oliver While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy
  • Devontae Martin, 24, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 19-Murder of Kevin Hood While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy
  • Terry Brown, 32, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 7, 8, 14-Distribution of Cocaine
    • Count 15- Possession of A Firearm in Furtherance of A Drug Trafficking Crime
  • Paronica Bonds, 34, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • Demetrius Brinkley a/k/a Detroit, 31, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • Taquan Clarke a/k/a Boonie, 24, of Gary, Indiana
    • Count 1-Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
    • Count 19-Murder of Kevin Hood While Engaging in A Narcotics Conspiracy

 

U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said, “My office and the federal law enforcement agencies are committed to addressing the senseless violence that results from illegal drug trafficking.  If you are distributing drugs or committing acts of violence in the Northern District of Indiana, expect federal agencies to be focused on you.”

 

Eight of the individuals named in the indictment have been arrested.  Law enforcement is currently seeking the whereabouts of Demetrius Brinkley.  If you have any information as to the whereabouts of the above individual please contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.

 

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

 

This case is being investigated by the ATF/HIDTA Task Force and FBI/GRIT Task Force with the assistance of the Indiana State Police, the Lake County Sheriff’s Auto Detail and the Gary Police K-9.  The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas R. Mahoney and David J. Nozick.

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